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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Palm Desert High School is a highly rated, public school located in Palm Desert, CA. It has 1,986 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
74-910 Aztec Rd
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Telephone
(760) 862-4300
Website
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Palm Desert High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1190
349 responses
Average ACT
27
100 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$103,516
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$857
National
$949
Median Home Value
$680,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.47 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.47 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 167 responses
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  • Assemblies
    18%
  • Spirit Weeks
    17%
  • Football games
    14%
  • Football games and food fairs
    12%
  • Friday Lunch Music in the quad
    8%
  • Hating on LQ
    8%
  • School theatre plays
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,986
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.56 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.55 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.56 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,904
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.6%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.74 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.74 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.74 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,118/ year
National
$12,239
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.75 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.75 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.75 responses
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I enjoyed attending Palm Desert High School for the most part. They have great academics, clubs, activities and teachers. I did have a few teachers who seemed like they did not really care about their students which was unfortunate as it made their teaching less quality. I was on the track and field team and really enjoyed being a part of the athletic department at Palm Desert. Overall I feel like Palm Desert prepared me academically for college!
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Considering I am currently a senior at Palm Desert High School, it is a pleasure to validate that I was extremely lucky to have spent my four years of high school in a comforting, energetic and focused environment. Not only has PDHS prepared me for college, but it allowed for me to create lifelong friends and become involved with various clubs on campus that boosted school spirit. Overall, I will miss my teachers and classmates, but I remain grateful for every opportunity PDHS has granted me with! The Class of 2018 has become family to me, more than just the classmates we started as many years ago.
Palm Desert High School has amazing teachers and staff members. They genuinely care about their students. The coaches and athletic department impressed me the most. Being apart of the softball program for four years was extremely rewarding. I was able to build my character, relationships, and skills that I can apply to real life scenarios. The Medical Health Academy is also very beneficial. I learned many skills involving healthcare. I was even able to participate in shadowing health professionals and work at an internship site.