Desert Learning Academy

Public, Alternative K-12

 2248 E. Ramon Rd.
       Palm Springs, CA  92262-7917


(760) 778-0487

District: Palm Springs Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
3437th of 5,868 California Alternative Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,298 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  27.2 Help
Number of students:  436

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
67.0%
White:
18.1%
African American:
7.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  96.1% Help


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Compare Details Desert Learning Academy ranks worse than 58.6% of elementary schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35.89. (See more...)
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Compare Details Desert Learning Academy ranks worse than 67.9% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 28.03. (See more...)
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Compare Details Desert Learning Academy ranks better than 50.5% of high schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 39.42. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Desert Learning Academy 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 (67%), White (18.1%), African American (7.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 96.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Learning Academy is 27.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Desert Learning Academy is $17,298.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Desert Learning Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Learning Academy 3437th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Desert Learning Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Desert Learning Academy 1900th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Desert Learning Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Desert Learning Academy 1162nd of 2346 California public high schools. (See Desert Learning Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Palm Springs Unified 1044th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Desert Learning Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.10 3741st 5662 33.9%
2019 39.45 3227th 5789 44.3%
2022 35.53 3420th 5883 41.9%
2023 35.89 3429th 5848 41.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 52.47 2128th 5264 59.6%
2023 50.86 2303rd 5355 57.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 37.35 3170th 5635 43.7%
2023 34.34 3378th 5595 39.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 34.87 3386th 5663 40.2%
2023 36.97 3254th 5627 42.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 42.92 2669th 5084 47.5%
2023 46.14 2470th 5079 51.4%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Rank History for all middle school students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.99 2005th 2480 19.2%
2019 27.57 1890th 2715 30.4%
2022 22.94 2090th 2740 23.7%
2023 28.03 1897th 2788 32.0%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 40.88 728th 1540 52.7%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.81 1844th 2230 17.3%
2019 28.58 1746th 2369 26.3%
2022 30.55 1677th 2458 31.8%
2023 37.45 1441st 2535 43.2%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 28.26 1675th 2380 29.6%
2022 22.95 1932nd 2509 23.0%
2023 26.41 1807th 2535 28.7%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 12.09 2247th 2407 6.6%
2022 24.58 1862nd 2527 26.3%
2023 30.62 1636th 2546 35.7%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.28 1736th 2213 21.6%
2022 26.08 1781st 2359 24.5%
2023 26.36 1781st 2379 25.1%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Rank History for all high school students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.85 1312th 2017 35.0%
2019 39.89 1211th 2133 43.2%
2021 34.81 841st 1290 34.8%
2022 47.54 983rd 2123 53.7%
2023 39.42 1156th 2335 50.5%
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Rank History for high school English Language Learner students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 86.69 39th 1044 96.3%
2023 26.20 973rd 1315 26.0%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 59.23 332nd 1539 78.4%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.06 1206th 1862 35.2%
2019 53.42 839th 1937 56.7%
2021 45.22 617th 1126 45.2%
2022 57.65 681st 1943 65.0%
2023 50.23 871st 2237 61.1%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.69 1210th 1760 31.3%
2019 30.95 1254th 1833 31.6%
2021 39.09 639th 1054 39.4%
2022 39.72 1060th 1858 42.9%
2023 33.96 1247th 2106 40.8%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.13 1229th 1834 33.0%
2019 52.67 802nd 1880 57.3%
2021 24.29 865th 1122 22.9%
2022 51.05 806th 1916 57.9%
2023 43.45 959th 2195 56.3%
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Rank History for high school African American students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 29.66 371st 522 28.9%
2023 28.59 499th 713 30.0%
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Rank History for high school Hispanic students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.31 1253rd 1742 28.1%
2019 48.78 908th 1814 49.9%
2022 62.44 565th 1861 69.6%
2023 42.76 1035th 2132 51.5%
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Rank History for high school White students at Desert Learning Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 31.01 861st 1222 29.5%
2022 27.19 885th 1204 26.5%
2023 38.39 778th 1424 45.4%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Desert Learning Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 36 11 1 79 3 0 3 0 133
2018 48 14 3 123 2 1 6 0 197
2019 56 15 2 130 1 2 12 0 218
2020 60 16 2 127 2 1 7 0 215
2021 49 12 2 169 4 1 10 0 247
2022 104 66 24 598 7 1 23 0 823
2023 79 34 11 292 4 1 14 1 436

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 Desert Learning Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 133 9.2 14.4 63.9
2018 197 13.3 14.8 74.6
2019 218 12.6 17.1 70.6
2020 215 n/a n/a 70.2
2021 247 10.0 24.6 96
2022 823 24.6 33.4 96.5
2023 436 16.0 27.2 96.1

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 Desert Learning Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 133 9.2 14.4 63.9
2018 197 13.3 14.8 74.6
2019 218 12.6 17.1 70.6
2020 215 n/a n/a 70.2
2021 247 10.0 24.6 96
2022 823 24.6 33.4 96.5
2023 436 16.0 27.2 96.1

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 Desert Learning Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $17,298

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Desert Learning Academy

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 3227th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 3429th of 5848 Elementary schools
 2.9%
Ranks 1890th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 1897th of 2788 Middle schools
 1.6%
Ranks 1211th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1156th of 2335 High schools
 7.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Learning Academy)18.255.2
 37%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)42.938.2
 4.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Learning Academy)63.611.1
 52.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)40.230.9
 9.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Desert Learning Academy)27.310.7
 16.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Palm Springs Unified)27.220
 7.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Learning Academy)5031.4
 18.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)40.934.3
 6.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Desert Learning Academy)17.716.7
 1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Palm Springs Unified)25.921
 4.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Learning Academy)31.334
 2.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)36.432.3
 4.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Desert Learning Academy)12.515.6
 3.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Palm Springs Unified)19.115.1
 4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Desert Learning Academy)15.627.1
 11.5%
   8th Grade Science (Palm Springs Unified)19.416.5
 2.9%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%
10th Grade Science (Desert Learning Academy)18.835.3
 16.5%
   10th Grade Science (Palm Springs Unified)18.835.3
 16.5%
   10th Grade Science (California)23.224.1
 0.9%
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Learning Academy)4850
 2%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)48.747.2
 1.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Desert Learning Academy)14.38.3
 6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Palm Springs Unified)21.317.9
 3.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
12th Grade Science (Desert Learning Academy)4.415.9
 11.6%
   12th Grade Science (Palm Springs Unified)15.717.1
 1.5%
   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 Students218436
 100%
African American1534
 126.7%
American Indian14
 300%
Asian211
 450%
Hispanic130292
 124.6%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White5679
 41.1%
Two or More Races1214
 16.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients70.6%96.1%
 25.5%


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Desert Learning Academy ranks 3437th of 5868 California alternative schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Desert Learning Academy are 67% Hispanic, 18% White, 8% African American, 3% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 436 students attended Desert Learning Academy.


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