Best Public Schools in Palm Desert, CA


The city of Palm Desert, California is home to 6 schools that serve students from elementary through high school, all part of the Desert Sands Unified School District. The data reveals a mix of high-performing and lower-performing schools, with public charter schools like George Washington Charter and traditional public schools like James Earl Carter Elementary standing out for their strong academic results and statewide rankings.

The top-performing schools in Palm Desert are the public charter George Washington Charter and the traditional public James Earl Carter Elementary, both of which receive 4-star ratings from SchoolDigger and have significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics compared to the district and state averages. In contrast, Abraham Lincoln Elementary lags behind, with high rates of chronic absenteeism and lower test scores.

The lone high school in the area, Palm Desert High, also performs well, ranking 382 out of 2,335 California high schools and maintaining a high 4-year graduation rate of 95.8%. The Palm Desert Charter Middle school stands out for having the highest student-teacher ratio among the middle schools in the district, which may be a factor in its performance.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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