Students enrolled 2003
School leader Robert Hicks

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74-910 Aztec Road
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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3 stars
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February 09, 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
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
no rating 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
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
September 15, 2009
The people that attend that school, are amazing. The staff is a lot of help.

- submitted by a student
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.

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March 30, 2009
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June 25, 2008
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May 20, 2008
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May 20, 2008
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March 13, 2008
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February 12, 2008
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October 01, 2007
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September 08, 2007
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August 31, 2007
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April 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2006
We have a handful of good teachers but a lot of new ones.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
I agree the staff are rude. They need to give more opprotunity.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 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
September 06, 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
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
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.

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March 22, 2006
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January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
The cultural climate among the students at this school divided by economic abilites.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2005
Relocated to the area and the staff could not have been more helpful. Lots of parents involved!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
no rating 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
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
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
April 01, 2005
Not academically up to par.

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February 14, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 28, 2004
We are very pleased with this school so far. The teachers seem to have great quality and put alot into their students. I am also very plased with the parent involvement. Thay also have a fantastic athletic department.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2004
My son entered PDHS after spending his entire elementary and middle school education at a small private school. I have been impressed by the quality of teachers as well as extensive extracurricular activities. The principal has always been available and appears to be a strong leader. Safety is somewhat of a problem with the early morning traffic into the school but otherwise discipline is maintained with guards available throughout the day.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2004
My son graduated from Palm Desert High School 2 years ago. He received an excellent education and was well prepared for the UC system. My daughter currently attends Palm Desert High School and is receiving a challenging education. The array of and open access to AP and Honors classes allows students to excel in their areas of strength. Overall the teachers are excellent and the availability of technology is outstanding. The Athletic Program is solid and students have access to a variety of extracurricular activities,including academic/service-oriented ones like Mock Trial, Youth Court, Robotics, Soroptimist Club and Key Club. The teachers' dedication and tremendous parental and community support make Palm Desert High a great school. Palm Desert High School is one of the best high schools in Riverside County.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
PDHS is a solid school for academic foundations to prepare students for college. AP and Honor's teachers have a thorough knowledge of subjects. Help for students is abundantly available from teachers (if student is willing to ask), and from tutoring from other students (APT, NHS, etc). Most kids having social or academic problems do not seek the help available. Mostly middle and upper middle class - and one of the safest schools in the Coachella Valley.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2003
Poor counselor availablity to students. Complete focus on College Prep and minimal to none on vocations.

- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2003
Great school. My son transferred from a strong private school in his sophomore year and we were not disappointed. I was ready to transfer him back at the first sign of weakness. Parents told me it was great (did a lot of interviewing) but I had to see for myself. Excellent counselling available and great honor and AP classes. The only criticism that I've heard of PDHS is that many students drive upscale cars which puts pressure on the havenots. I don't see that as a problem, unless your child has self esteem issues.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2003
This school is very athletic driven very poor scholasticly. Low minority attendance. High Income . Kids very clothes/trend contious.Snobby.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2003
I have had two children graduate PDHS. One was in the top 10 of her senior class and was always challenged. My son was the average student and was below grade level. The help was there for the asking, but he did not ask. All teachers all accessible through e-mails and are very good communicating with parents and students. Parent involvement is very strong. I now have two 9th graders, both boys and both loving it. As with any school in the economic atmosphere, there is always more we wish for. We do have great community support to help us out.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I have 3 children that have attended or are attending this school. If there were a viable alternative, I would take it.

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Palm Desert High School
74-910 Aztec Road, Palm Desert, CA  92260
(760) 862-4300
Last modified Palm Desert High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palm Desert High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top