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Palm Desert High School

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Posted February 9, 2012

Which High School is the best for my child to go to, Palm Desert High or La Quinta High? He is a 4.0 GPA & has never made nothing below an A, which High school would be the best for him?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I am a student at this school and it is my freshman year. The first day wasso amazing, the teachers were very welcoming and I would never leave this school. I recomend Palm Desert High.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2010

I attend Palm Desert high, the teachers are the best,all my four years I experience the best activities,overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

If you'd like your teen to be challenged academically, this school has many options. The principal has been a great leader, highly involved in every activity and very responsive. As a parent, if you are volunteering, it will only benefit your child's overall experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

The people that attend that school, are amazing. The staff is a lot of help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2009

How this principal entered his position in this school is laughable. He is not responsive and is quite frankly a poor leader. Unfortunately 'principals' do not serve terms such as 'presidents' - otherwise a new principal would certainly be well appreciated. One who is strong and hands-on and simply CARES. This I believe, would be a strong factor that would generate down to the uncaring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2006

We have a handful of good teachers but a lot of new ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

I agree the staff are rude. They need to give more opprotunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

You need money too to be in this public school. The dont really give good opprotunity and its hot as hates here. Parents move out of the desert and go to some other city. These schools are bad!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2006

We have a handful of good teachers but a lot of really poor ones. Our principal is a poor leader. The students, staff and parents have no respect for him. He and the District care little about the individual students, only about the numbers and reputation of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

My daughter had a great experience during her 4 years with the teachers and Asst. Principals. She was mentored towards her goal of attending college. Specifically two of the Assistant Principals were terrific to work with. Unfortunately, much of the positive aspects of the school are discounted by a principal who treats others (including his own staff)less than equals. The most unforunate part of this entire situation is that the district office has turned a blind eye for over 3 years. A very sad and unfair situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

We moved so that our son could attend PDHS rather than another school in the Coachella Valley. A majority of the teachers are highly engaged in providing a solid education for their students and prepare them for college. Our son was continually challenged by his teachers. There were a great deal of atheletic opportunities as well. There is however some type of sub-culture that exists with the principal and a minority of teachers. In the four years our son attended school there, the principal never introduced himself to us, although, we were at most atheletic events. For a California Distinguished School I expected a more inclusive principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

The cultural climate among the students at this school divided by economic abilites.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2005

Relocated to the area and the staff could not have been more helpful. Lots of parents involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

Great test scores and increased emphasis on academics. Extracurriculars available and generally often excel at district and state level. Sports performances supported by many parents. Parent involvement is high - teachers may say too high!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

The faculty appear to care about how well the kids perform yet too much emphasis is placed on testing versus students learning/grasping the concepts.I am not pleased with the summer program as I feel the kids truly need a break from academics
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

I feel that this school (and the elementary and middle schools my children attended in this district), are grossly behind the times. The powers that be are never interested in trying new approaches in education. They seem to feel that 'we've always done it this way' is the proper answer to all questions. Overall, the teachers are lazy. Very little student work is ever corrected and returned. The principal always pledges his support for improvement, but does not act accordingly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2005

This is a great school that has many activities which add to the cultural diversity of the campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

A great school overall. Palm Desert High School ranks one of the best in the county. My last year at this high school, we received the honor of being a California Distinguished High School. The campus is very clean, and the staff is top-notch. In all the courses I took, nearly all of my teachers were from prestigious universities. UCLA, Berkeley, Stanford, etc. I knew I was being taught by teachers who actually knew what they were talking about, and tried to teach at the best of their ability. There are some teachers at other schools that simply don't care or take that 'extra step' for their students. This school promotes higher level courses, the Advanced Placement Program in all subjects have high pass rates. As a graduate, I know that we were the best in almost everything (Athletics, Academics, Extra-Curricular Activities, etc.) You wouldn't be making a mistake joining PDHS.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 1, 2005

Not academically up to par.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

825

Change from
2012 to 2013

+7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

825

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+7

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 25% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
9%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 65% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
82%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 58% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 38% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
50%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 62% in 2013.

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 16% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
5%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 45% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
29%
Integrated/Coordinated Science I

The state average for Integrated/Coordinated Science I was 26% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 38% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
World History

The state average for World History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
26%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 13% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
10%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 39% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
40%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 41% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
42%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 46% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 35% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 52% in 2013.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 15% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
8%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 76% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
World History

The state average for World History was 46% in 2013.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 10% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
5%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 15% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
11%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 51% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 32% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 37% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
52%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 8% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
3%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 49% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
46%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 58% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
80%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 50% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
57%
World History

The state average for World History was 19% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
13%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students35%
Females36%
Males34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)38%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented75%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate33%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate24%
Parent education - declined to state20%

Algebra II

All Students96%
Females96%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students84%
Females80%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate71%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state90%

Earth Science

All Students58%
Females48%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented75%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state62%

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females81%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state78%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students50%
Females44%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented60%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate52%
Parent education - declined to state46%

Integrated/Coordinated Science I

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Physics

All Students96%
Femalesn/a
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

World History

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students25%
Females22%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino18%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability26%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only28%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate9%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students23%
Females20%
Males26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino18%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)23%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability23%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only23%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented23%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)23%
Parent education - college graduate17%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate26%
Parent education - declined to state33%

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students36%
Females32%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate59%
Parent education - declined to state27%

Chemistry

All Students56%
Females52%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state60%

Earth Science

All Students62%
Females65%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Females72%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Geometry

All Students18%
Females24%
Males13%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino6%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)32%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability18%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate7%
Parent education - high school graduate13%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)34%
Parent education - college graduate14%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students89%
Females87%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students66%
Females63%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state61%

World History

All Students57%
Females49%
Males64%
African American64%
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate34%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students12%
Females11%
Males12%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino10%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)13%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability12%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only12%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate6%
Parent education - high school graduate10%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)15%
Parent education - college graduate11%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate14%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students72%
Females70%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Chemistry

All Students44%
Females31%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate45%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate54%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Students62%
Females52%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females64%
Males66%
African American36%
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students3%
Females0%
Males5%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino0%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)7%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability3%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only3%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate0%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students41%
Females35%
Males49%
African Americann/a
Asian50%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented63%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate31%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Physics

All Students83%
Females92%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

U.S. History

All Students65%
Females59%
Males70%
African American45%
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

World History

All Students40%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 83% in 2013.

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students91%
Females93%
Males90%
Gender Unknownn/a
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Declined to state92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Economic Status Unknown100%
Students with disability45%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learner66%
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a

Math

All Students89%
Females88%
Males90%
Gender Unknownn/a
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Declined to state77%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Economic Status Unknown100%
Students with disability50%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learner50%
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 48%
Hispanic 41%
Asian 4%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
English language learners 5%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 1%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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