Palm Desert High

Summary:

Palm Desert High is a public high school located in Palm Desert, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 2,050 students. The school is part of the Desert Sands Unified School District, which is ranked 972 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Palm Desert High consistently ranks among the top 20% of California high schools, ranking 382 out of 2,335 in 2022-2023. The school's students perform significantly better than the district and state averages in Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as the California Science Test (CAST). In 2022-2023, 70.28% of 11th-grade students at Palm Desert High were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 50.55% in the district and 55.41% statewide. In Mathematics, 33.84% of 11th-grade students at Palm Desert High were proficient or better, compared to 17.95% in the district and 27.36% statewide. The school has also maintained a high four-year graduation rate, ranging from 94.9% to 98.4% over the past five years, and a low dropout rate, ranging from 0.2% to 1.6%.

Palm Desert High has a diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 36.83% White, 49.27% Hispanic, 7.32% Asian, and smaller percentages of other racial groups. This diversity is higher than the surrounding schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District, which tend to have higher percentages of Hispanic students. Compared to other high schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District and the neighboring Palm Springs Unified School District, Palm Desert High consistently outperforms its peers on academic measures, though some nearby schools, such as La Quinta High and Cathedral City High, also demonstrate strong academic performance.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 74-910 Aztec Rd.
       Palm Desert, CA  92260-5639


(760) 862-4300

District: Desert Sands Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
384th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,348 Help


Feeder schools for Palm Desert High:

Elementary:    Abraham Lincoln Elementary
    George Washington Charter
    Gerald R. Ford Elementary
    James Earl Carter Elementary
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Middle:    Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle
    La Quinta Middle
    Palm Desert Charter Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  24.1 Help
Number of students:  2,050

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
49.3%
White:
36.8%
Asian:
7.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Palm Desert High ranks better than 83.6% of high schools in California. It also ranks first among 6 ranked high schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 76.87. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Palm Desert High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (49.3%), White (36.8%), Asian (7.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 57.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Desert Sands Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palm Desert High is 24.1. 3 high schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palm Desert High is $8,348. 4 high schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Palm Desert High:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Desert High 384th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Palm Desert High in the ranking list.)

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Desert Sands Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Sands Unified 972nd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palm Desert High

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Rank History for all students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 69.53 198th 1653 88.0%
2005 67.18 296th 1901 84.4%
2006 66.72 339th 1968 82.8%
2007 68.17 296th 2063 85.7%
2008 72.29 229th 2117 89.2%
2009 72.04 226th 2238 89.9%
2010 63.54 429th 2281 81.2%
2011 67.52 340th 2367 85.6%
2012 68.63 329th 2354 86.0%
2013 70.58 292nd 2426 88.0%
2015 87.42 225th 1994 88.7%
2016 86.62 258th 2039 87.3%
2017 80.63 401st 2021 80.2%
2018 79.67 415th 2017 79.4%
2019 65.09 635th 2133 70.2%
2021 76.20 285th 1290 77.9%
2022 81.04 352nd 2123 83.4%
2023 76.87 382nd 2335 83.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 36.56 342nd 515 33.6%
2023 96.54 6th 780 99.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.69 255th 938 72.8%
2019 56.15 214th 941 77.3%
2021 34.04 298th 467 36.2%
2022 34.01 704th 1044 32.6%
2023 46.19 323rd 1315 75.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 30.25 970th 1539 37.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.23 477th 1862 74.4%
2019 60.25 676th 1937 65.1%
2021 75.09 232nd 1126 79.4%
2022 83.94 217th 1943 88.8%
2023 77.72 308th 2237 86.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.10 382nd 1760 78.3%
2019 66.19 533rd 1833 70.9%
2021 71.30 274th 1054 74.0%
2022 80.83 308th 1858 83.4%
2023 73.90 389th 2106 81.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.61 473rd 1052 55.0%
2019 30.32 765th 1117 31.5%
2021 35.67 330th 555 40.5%
2022 69.03 205th 1161 82.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.95 416th 1834 77.3%
2019 73.38 439th 1880 76.6%
2021 75.38 258th 1122 77.0%
2022 77.89 368th 1916 80.8%
2023 77.12 353rd 2195 83.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.24 385th 581 33.7%
2019 69.56 194th 582 66.7%
2022 49.86 322nd 581 44.6%
2023 85.58 56th 727 92.3%
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Rank History for African American students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.16 55th 582 90.5%
2019 82.90 74th 592 87.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.82 440th 1742 74.7%
2019 64.78 537th 1814 70.4%
2022 78.18 293rd 1861 84.3%
2023 71.13 398th 2132 81.3%
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Rank History for White students at Palm Desert High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.63 314th 1173 73.2%
2019 65.92 405th 1222 66.9%
2022 77.16 245th 1204 79.7%
2023 67.89 333rd 1424 76.6%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Palm Desert High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 766 22 28 176 7 n/a n/a 0 999
1989 1082 33 40 255 9 n/a n/a 0 1419
1990 1190 28 46 301 9 n/a n/a 0 1574
1991 1271 26 52 343 8 n/a n/a 0 1700
1992 1359 28 58 405 20 n/a n/a 0 1870
1993 1361 28 53 446 35 n/a n/a 0 1923
1994 1471 34 52 520 14 n/a n/a 0 2091
1995 1476 32 63 377 14 n/a n/a 0 1962
1996 1476 32 63 377 14 n/a n/a 0 1962
1997 1323 23 52 357 13 n/a n/a 0 1768
1998 1306 27 55 387 10 n/a n/a 0 1785
1999 1281 22 58 372 14 n/a n/a 0 1747
2000 1286 22 73 377 15 n/a n/a 0 1773
2001 1259 20 82 383 11 n/a n/a 0 1755
2002 1295 25 79 418 14 n/a n/a 3 1834
2003 1295 25 79 418 14 n/a n/a 3 1834
2004 1334 24 70 438 20 n/a n/a 16 1902
2005 1325 36 73 484 22 n/a n/a 56 1996
2006 1328 40 70 537 18 n/a n/a 102 2095
2007 1364 39 61 593 18 n/a n/a 87 2162
2008 1345 55 80 613 10 n/a n/a 0 2103
2009 1225 57 110 666 7 3 91 0 2159
2010 1132 65 121 726 21 5 33 0 2103
2011 1039 64 126 759 17 6 31 0 2042
2012 994 59 112 779 17 5 37 0 2003
2013 974 55 105 777 21 4 43 0 1979
2014 968 44 106 825 13 2 45 0 2003
2015 941 31 129 851 12 1 51 0 2016
2016 886 42 134 849 16 2 19 0 1948
2017 865 52 143 878 19 4 25 0 1986
2018 826 47 141 889 14 5 50 0 1972
2019 815 49 126 931 9 7 66 0 2003
2020 839 44 135 972 8 4 88 0 2090
2021 828 35 140 1022 1 5 98 0 2129
2022 805 39 162 1024 0 2 90 0 2122
2023 755 41 150 1010 3 1 90 0 2050

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palm Desert High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 999 41.8 23.8 n/a
1989 1419 50.6 28.0 n/a
1990 1574 59.7 26.3 n/a
1991 1700 68.7 24.7 n/a
1992 1870 69.8 26.7 9.9
1993 1923 72.9 26.4 12.7
1994 2091 75.1 27.8 14.5
1995 1962 74.1 26.5 15.9
1996 1962 74.1 26.5 15.9
1997 1768 73.5 24.1 17.6
1998 1785 70.2 25.4 17.5
1999 1747 66.0 26.5 19.6
2000 1773 67.0 26.5 16.4
2001 1755 74.6 23.5 22.2
2002 1834 77.9 23.5 21.4
2003 1834 77.9 23.5 21.4
2004 1902 72.5 26.2 18.9
2005 1996 80.0 25.0 20.5
2006 2095 88.1 23.8 17.3
2007 2162 80.1 27.0 17.7
2008 2103 88.7 23.7 22.1
2009 2159 89.0 21.6 24
2010 2103 82.5 25.4 30.1
2011 2042 n/a n/a 35
2012 2003 73.5 27.2 0.1
2013 1979 73.7 26.8 45.4
2014 2003 75.7 26.4 41.5
2015 2016 69.0 29.2 43.1
2016 1948 76.0 25.6 40.2
2017 1986 76.1 26.0 44.9
2018 1972 76.0 25.9 47
2019 2003 73.8 27.1 45.5
2020 2090 n/a n/a 47.1
2021 2129 75.3 28.2 42.9
2022 2122 79.1 26.8 58.5
2023 2050 84.8 24.1 57.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Palm Desert High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 999 41.8 23.8 n/a
1989 1419 50.6 28.0 n/a
1990 1574 59.7 26.3 n/a
1991 1700 68.7 24.7 n/a
1992 1870 69.8 26.7 9.9
1993 1923 72.9 26.4 12.7
1994 2091 75.1 27.8 14.5
1995 1962 74.1 26.5 15.9
1996 1962 74.1 26.5 15.9
1997 1768 73.5 24.1 17.6
1998 1785 70.2 25.4 17.5
1999 1747 66.0 26.5 19.6
2000 1773 67.0 26.5 16.4
2001 1755 74.6 23.5 22.2
2002 1834 77.9 23.5 21.4
2003 1834 77.9 23.5 21.4
2004 1902 72.5 26.2 18.9
2005 1996 80.0 25.0 20.5
2006 2095 88.1 23.8 17.3
2007 2162 80.1 27.0 17.7
2008 2103 88.7 23.7 22.1
2009 2159 89.0 21.6 24
2010 2103 82.5 25.4 30.1
2011 2042 n/a n/a 35
2012 2003 73.5 27.2 0.1
2013 1979 73.7 26.8 45.4
2014 2003 75.7 26.4 41.5
2015 2016 69.0 29.2 43.1
2016 1948 76.0 25.6 40.2
2017 1986 76.1 26.0 44.9
2018 1972 76.0 25.9 47
2019 2003 73.8 27.1 45.5
2020 2090 n/a n/a 47.1
2021 2129 75.3 28.2 42.9
2022 2122 79.1 26.8 58.5
2023 2050 84.8 24.1 57.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Palm Desert High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,348

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Palm Desert High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 635th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 382nd of 2335 High schools
 13.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Desert High)66.770.3
 3.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Sands Unified)52.350.6
 1.7%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Palm Desert High)34.533.8
 0.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Desert Sands Unified)21.818
 3.8%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Palm Desert High)33.344.4
 11.1%
   11th Grade Science (Desert Sands Unified)22.826.8
 4.1%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Palm Desert High)16.75.6
 11.1%
   12th Grade Science (Desert Sands Unified)9.210.6
 1.4%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students20032050
 2.3%
African American4941
 16.3%
American Indian93
 66.7%
Asian126150
 19%
Hispanic9311010
 8.5%
Pacific Islander71
 85.7%
White815755
 7.4%
Two or More Races6690
 36.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.5%57.3%
 11.8%


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Students at Palm Desert High are 49% Hispanic, 37% White, 7% Asian, 4% Two or more races, 2% African American.

Palm Desert High ranks 384th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,050 students attended Palm Desert High.


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