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Desert Hot Springs, CA
Students enrolled: 883
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66-755 Two Bunch Palms Trail
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

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(760) 251-7200
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September 24, 2012
The teachers are hard working and dedicated to their students. The principle (Dr. Bonelli, must have bought her degree online) is a joke and doesn't seem to care for much of anything. Why isn't the school board doing something about this woman ruining the school. Having been a teacher myself (30+years LAUSD) I can tell you the teachers here have no rights and is working for a tyrant. Again the teachers are great, I wish I could say the same for the administration.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2011
Honestly this school is horrible. its too crowded . Theirs a lot of fights happening. Staff isn't doing their job. i been there for 2 years. and i feel that i'm not getting education at that school . i feel that they should make the school for 7th & 8th only since its too crowded. Moved schools . now currently going to a school in Arizona .. better education , less fights , Good staff , less students..

- submitted by a community member

August 29, 2010
This School Sucks And No One Listens To The Kids; We have to fight our wayy through crowds and get beat up for speaking our minds i got sick of it and just said screw it i am glad i am out of this school and entering high school it will be alot better for me, Good Luck To Incoming 6th Graders; Youl Need It.

- submitted by a community member

August 10, 2008
I've had one child go to this school and another currently enrolled. It's a large school and crowded. That will be helped when the new middle school is built. Administration is caring and quick to respond to concerns in my experience. Too many parents go off at staff. Not a good example of respect for their kids. Safety is an issue because of large student population. Parents also ignore safety when dropping off their kids. I understand there will be a crossing guard this year. Good. It's needed.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2008
Excellent teachers who care - my only concern is safety, as I do not believe the school has a handle on it.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2007
Desert Springs Middle School is a very large school that serves a very challenging community. Many of the problems the school faces are community problems that spill over on to the campus, not school problems spilling over into the community. Administration openly welcomes any parent to come in and discuss their concerns in a calm and respectful manner. DSMS has the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the district, because they are strict on discipline. When parents tell the school, 'I teach my kid to fight!', that poses a serious problem. DSMS is doing the best it can.

- submitted by a teacher

August 31, 2007
We have progressed in the last few years.and it's getting more fun to learn =]

- submitted by a student
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August 29, 2007
i think this website is awesome, i have 3 children that is in every grade @ this school, i wish that parents could be more involved ,such as having some kind of pta meeting for parents to be active with the assisngments,behavior issues,form study groups and try to rasie these test scores some xtra tuturiong would help also reconigtion,this means alot in the minorities,instead of quick to punish, lets use some reverse skills i look forward for 2007-2008 score! 1

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2007
This school is doing much better than before. There is a new administration. I've spoken to the Principal and he was very kind and showed interest in my concerns. The staff was very polite and acknowledge and help me as soon as I walked in. My son is doing very well in that school. I have noticed there is a lot of disrespectful and misbehaved students. I have also noticed that the administration handles it to best that they can and do what they can because frankly that's not the schools job that's the parents job to teach their children to respect others and just simply have good manners. My son has good grades and is doing well. I've met with his teachers and they are great and doing a wonderful job.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2007
My child has be in this school for four months now and it is the worst school I have ever be in. I am moving just to never have any of children in any of these schools. First of all the child around here talk and treat teachers like they are running the school.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2006
This school failed the academics at least three years in a row. Their only solution is to offer free tutoring if you finically qualify. All the school in this town have failed the academic requirements for years. The schools here are pathetic.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2005
The teachers at this school try very hard to educate the students.The real problem is class size and lack of student/parent cooperation.Kids think they can be disrespectful because of parents' lack of disciplining their children when young.Turn off the television.Take away the video games.Don't feed your kids dinner until their homework is done.I disconnected the cable and made my kid do his homework.He now is a gate student.Don't vote for 'average class' size, but maximum class size.A P.E. class can have 50 kids, but a social studies class should have no more than 20.Principals don't need to play politics, but they have to here because the state may take over this school next year.All these kids need a study hall to do homework with teachers' assistance.These students need to understand real life and not have parents complain that their kid was 'disciplined.' Come on parents. Take some responsibility for your kid!

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2005
The art program was nonexistant, and the graffiti just horrible. My son was involved in a lockdown because someone THOUGHT they heard gunshots. ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2004
My sons went to this school 2 years ago. Now my grand-children are going there. I didn't like the school. They are not parent friendly at all! The principal left after last year. Mr. Stear would not hold my son back when he despratly need time to catch up with his peers. I even went to the district for help and they would not keep my son back. They were more interested in a head count. New principal this year so now well wait and see if this school has come out of the dark ages and is now there for the kids. I sure hope so. By the way, I finally did get my son held back a year but it's as they say, 'Day late, dollar shy'.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2004
DSMS is a good school. The administrators do listen to parents when we come in and not try to attack them verbally and blame them or the teachers for why our children are failing. Parents need to become more involved and support the school staff. Middle school children are very challenging at this age and we parents should start acting responsible and giving our kids some consequences when they are out of control. It's not the school and staff that are bad; it's the parents that don't support other adults and aren't holding themselves accountable. Desert Hot Springs is a troubled town. This school has to 'police' the kids of this town and the staff is doing a great job. Scores are up and the staff cares about the kids. Parents - start disciplining your own kids so these fine teachers can teach. DSMS has good programs but state budget cuts have hurt our sports and other extracurricular activities, but the staff donates their time to have extracurricular anyway. How many of the parents do that? Quit complaining and get positively involved. Try going to conferences when the school has them. I do.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
This is the worst school my son has ever attended. This school needs help.The staff is disorganized. There are too many Students. Last year they did not enforce their so called Uniform Policy. The students do not do well in this school. The district needs to do something about keeping our 6th graders in Elementary School and keep middle school exactly what it should be, 7th and 8th grade only. Our kids are not ready for this experience and I hope the district reads this and I hope someone does something quick!

- submitted by a parent
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Desert Springs Middle School
66-755 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA  92240
(760) 251-7200
Last modified Desert Springs Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desert Springs Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top