Desert Schools

LOOKING for data on Desert schools? We have linked to the state's STAR reports. Also see our links to local public and private school web sites.

But, stats and graphs only tell part of the story. Our kids have individual strengths and needs that are hard to reduce to numbers. The question becomes, "What is the best school for my son or daughter, and how do I go about finding it?"

Public Schools

There are three main school districts in the Coachella Valley. The west valley is served by the Palm Springs Unified School District. Mid-valley is served by Desert Sands Unified School District. The east valley is served by Coachella Valley Unified School District.

When moving to a new community with school-age children, it is important to know what schools are the best because where you live determines in which schools your children will be enrolled. Of course, intra-district transfers are possible, but not always available.

The state of California ranks all schools via their Academic Performance Index.

You can find that index and the school rankings here.

Private Schools

The are many private schools in the Coachella Valley ranging from Montessori to almost all denominations. We have included a partial list with links to those schools that have a web site.

Private Schools/Palm Desert

Desert Adventist Academy (Preschool-8)
74-200 County Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92255
(760) 779-1799

Desert Torah Academy (1-8)
73-550 Santa Rosa Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 341-6501

Education Station (Preschool - 6)
44-911 Cabrillo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 340-1535

Hope Lutheran School (Preschool - K)
45-900 Portola
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-5203

Jewish Community School of the Desert
73251 Hovley Lane West
Palm Desert, CA 92260-0319
(760) 340-2039

King's Schools (Infants through 8th grade)
67-675 Bolero Road
Palm Desert, CA 92264
(760) 324-5464

Montessori School of The Desert (Preschool - K)
73-925 Fred Waring
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-0984

Montessori School of The Valley (Preschool - 3)
43-250 Warner Trail
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 345-1888

Palm Desert Community Presbyterian (Preschool - K)
47-321 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 568-4360

Sacred Heart School (K-8)
43-775 Deep Canyon Road
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-3513

St. Margaret's Episcopal School (Preschool - 8)
47-535 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-6268 Fax: (760) 836-3267

Temple Sinai Tikvah Preschool (Preschool)
73-251 Hovley Lane West
Palm Desert, California 92260
(760) 568-6779

The Learning Tree (Preschool - 5)
42-675 Washington Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 345-8100

Xavier College Preparatory High School (9-12)
34-200 Chase School Rd.
Palm Desert, California 92276
(760) 601-3900

Private Schools/La Quinta

La Quinta Christian Fellowship
Po Box 676/50-800 Calle Paloma, La Quinta, CA 92253
Phone: (760) 564-9195
Level: 1-8

Private Schools/Rancho Mirage

Marywood Palm Valley School
35-525 Da Vall Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 328-0861
Level: PreK-8

Private Schools/Other Areas

Christian Schools of the Desert
40-700 Yucca Lane
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92201
(760) 345-2848
Level: PreK-12