Students enrolled 430
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School leader Sallie Fraser
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District Desert Sands Unified
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74-200 Rutledge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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(760) 862-4320
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4 stars
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September 06, 2014
[Attended: 2010 - 2012] The 2010 review claiming common drug busts and fisticuffs is humbug. While on campus, I have never seen or heard of drug use or a drug bust. There are also security guards all around campus, so I always felt secure. I was dorky and a transfer from the midwest, but the students were very welcoming. The academics are great! At rallies, the administrators challenge us to improving our API scores against other schools. Though the honors program is only nominal (you will have the same work as other students), the math program allows achieving students to a leg up in High School. Teachers are fun and memorable. Extra Curriculars are great! Though I was a band guy, I have seen the Robotics program and it's great! There are a variety of bands (Marching, Beginning, Jazz) and are a blast. There also a lot of clubs, and it's easy for a student to start one. The only problem I had isn't exactly the school's fault. It's evident PDCMS had to work around CA's budget cuts. Limited buses (only 2), lack of athletic teams (however extra curricular options are available), etc. are some notable effects of this, but PDCMS overcomes these obstacles through effective fundraisers.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2014
One word "awsome" my 6th grade daughter transferred from another school to PDCMS and she is loving every day. She is doing 100% better and her grades are way up! Thanks PDCMS. GO PANTHERS!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
my daughter is finishing up 7th grade and I feel that the school is very safe first and foremost. I think some of the teachers are lazy when it comes to posting assignments into home access. One in particular talks about subject matters that have nothing to do with his class and I feel are inappropriate. He is also one of those teachers who seems to care more about dress code than teaching his class. We had also had to deal with a PE teacher who belittled my daughter in front of the entire class on the quality of her science project. She was so mean in fact that I did go to the principal and the teacher had to apologize to my child. It was quite unbelievable that a teacher would do such a thing to a kid. As a charter school it's a 3 at best. Kids are ok at this school and yes it has it's clicks but what school doesn't.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I hope to see more comments and review for this school. My child is suppose to attend this school next year (2014-2015). Please provide your feedback. Much appreciated! ~ Future attending parent

- submitted by a community member
July 07, 2013
This school is terrible. Some of the teachers don't even grade the assignments and just leave it there gathering dust for a long time.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2012
We have a 6th grader at PDCMS. We've found the school to be very good in many ways. The teachers are great, most will take extra time during lunch or after school to help. The frustrations with the school have been: 1. Our student had a serious illness that made him miss about two weeks of school. Even though he had a Dr. note we still got a letter home stating that any more missed school will not be excused without a Dr. note every time. It would have been nice to be contacted by the school prior to getting the letter. This brings me to my 2nd complaint. There is not sufficient office staff. Unless you are able to do everything online, you'll have a very hard time communicating with the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
This will be year #3 for us. My daughter first year was susposed to drop in grades (that what most say) and she did so well I was so surprised. I am pleased witht he teacher involvement and they really care about MY kid.(and your kids) .MY daughter quickly got involved in the Colorguard group and was able to march with the Band and participate in the Winter guard competitions. I couldn't be more proud of the young Lady she has become and this school really helps develop a childs desire to be part of a community as a whole. I agree with the parents comment on the band program every time we go out I am amazed at the level in which our kids perform. They are completely impressive. If there is a way you could get involved with the school its needed. Volunteering once a day once a week or even once a month.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
My daughter transferred from another school district last year, where she was in the "Honors" program at another "9" school. She keeps in close contact with her friends at the old school, and she can not believe how far advanced she is in all her classes, compared to the honors class there. More important to me is how all her PDCMS teachers in 6th grade focused on teaching her learning skills...such as organization, time management, and assertiveness...and did so effectively. The extracurriculars are great, and some of the events parents put on outshine anything I've ever seen at a high school. We moved here FOR the schools, and I'm so glad we did.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
My child has been at PDCMS for 2 years and I have to say this is the best I could have hoped for in a middle school. The administration is responsive and fair handed. The teachers are involved and most of them are putting in many extra hours before and after school to give the kids extra practice and help. The Band program is under a new director this year and although it is a transition year this program is second to none. Comments from spectators usually include the phrase "This is a middle school band!" The elective band program is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging and not only improves the music talents of the students it also focuses on responsibility and team involvement. My child has learned to be on time and well rehearsed as a result of this program. This affects all aspects of the overall education experience as that translates to my child being more self sufficient in all classes. I have heard some complaints about how difficult some classes are at this school. My experience is that I feel that my child is getting a high quality private school like education in a public charter school. If your child is going to go here be prepared to get involved. Volunteer!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
My son just started here in 7th grade in the middle of the school year. He came from a school that was rated as a 10 on GreatSchools. I have to say, though, that both he and I think that PDCMS is a better school. He loves the teachers and says that the kids are really warm and welcoming. On his first day, the principal even came up to say hello to us. Other than the band program, which is way behind his other school's and is somewhat ridiculous (the top level band is a required-marching band, the band concert apparel makes them all look like dorks, the band director springs mandatory extra after-school rehearsals on them with two days' notice), the classes are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
Well, I think this is a great school. I went to every single one of the Panther Dance Teams' preformances, last year, and I happned to think that the dancers a great! Amazing dance coach! Yes, drug issues have happned, but that stuff happnes at every school. PDCMS has the best test scors, and an amazing dress code! I love the robotics teacher, he is absolutly hilarious, and down to earth. Ms. O'malley, Mr. Harvey, and Ms. Mclaurin great ones too. PE teachers, are doing a great job. I am a very proud parent of an 8th grader at PDCMS. =]

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
I love the fact that the school has a uniform policy but definitely needs enforcing. Too many times, I've seen girls wearing their skirts way above the 4" in requirement and it doesn't seem that this is being addressed. I think this policy should be enforced since many or most of the students are in a pubescent age. I've spoken to other parents and they feel the same way. If you're going to have a uniform policy, you have to stick by it. I've even called the school complaining about this and all they tell me is that they can't get them all and they can't police what every kids is wearing. My answer to that is, yes you can. Each of these kids have several different teachers that can report them. You can't solve the problem if you don't take action. Other than that- The school is GREAT!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
In response to the May 5, 2010 posting by one of our students, the information is not accurate. We have the best students and staff and we do have problems to solve. We have the best team to solve the problems. If you witness someone doing something they should not be doing, please report it and you can help us make PDCMS an even better school. Thanks, Mr. G.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2010
I am a student in 6th grade here at PDCMS. Its a good school, with nice teachers. But, there is a lot of drugs and physical violence. In almost one month 4 kids have been suspended for having fights and 9 were busted from smoking marijuana! The education is good, but the kids aren't!

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2009
I have been at this school for three years. It's an excellent school! I had threes years of great teachers and will always remember middle school! Thanks PDCMS! You rock!

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April 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 25, 2008
This is my sons finally year at palm desert middle and I can say that it has been a joy. I look forward to when my youngest son starts to attend after two more years at carter elem.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
This is an amazing school.

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2008
Our child will graduate from 8th grade in a few weeks. Our experience at PDMS has been exceptionally good. The teachers have been competent and have each accomodated our special needs in kind and generous ways. Their communication with us has always been excellent and they have encouraged and challenged our child to become a more serious and confident scholar. We are grateful to the staff, administration and teachers of PDMS. We have absolutely no complaints or criticism.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
i love PDMS! i am an eighth grader and have been attending for 3 years. i love everything, why wouldn't I? The parents are really involved and the staff overall is really great! i definetly recommend it.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2007
This is the best school ever. My child had a great year at PDMS she made so many friends. I recomend it.

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August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2005
I have found that the teachers at this school are very dedicated when in constant contact with the parents. The teachers are very accessible via email, and correspond on a daily basis if necessary.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
Overall the quality of the teachers is fair. Most appear to be burnt-out and merely putting in their time until retirement. Maybe the large class size(35-40 kids) impedes their ability to connect with more than a few of the higher achieving kids. It is a shame because we all do better with good coaches! and they are our future. Parent involvement is consistent with elementary and high school with the same parents generously devoting their time.

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September 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
The teachers have been great. Both of my boys wen to this school. Academically it is one of the best middle school in the valley. The Marching band is excellent.

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April 30, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2005
Welcome to America! Schools all over are suffering from 'ugly school syndrome' - but not all are capable of producing the scores that PDMS does. Also, welcome to middle school: this is the stage in which peer pressure becomes an issue and kids go through their ugliest faces. My son went to an exclusive private school, but we couldn't buy our way out of child developmental stages. Peer pressure is hardest on parents, but I am delighted to report that my daughter has become a strong, wise, independent thinker, known for leadership qualities. Thanks PDMS. My daughter's ready for highschool.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
Overall, I would say that the school is average. It is an older, run down, ugly school. The campus leaves much to be desired. The staff is mediocre, with few excellent teachers. The band teacher is a HORROR and it is unbelievable that she is still teaching. Unfortunately, coming from Washington Charter School, PDMS was a big shock in the quality of the curriculem, staff and esthetics. I don't know if all middle schools are like this, but the staff seems very unconcerned about their students.

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January 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
My son started 6th grade at PDMS last this year and my main issue is that communication with the school is too challenging. The web site is never updated and students rarely bring home information. Some teachers are very helpful and responsive but only to emails. Others need parents to actually walk in to their classrooms for answers to be provided. Its a big campus and it doesn't seem very welcoming to new students or parents, the pta is a very tight clique, almost hostile to newcomers: perhaps thats where some of the kids get their attitudes!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2004
The teachers and other faculty staff are very experienced and patient with the students. Unfortunately, there are too many bad influences at this school coming from some of the students here and students elsewhere. No wonder there's an on duty shariff. The teachers are doing there job, but the parents are not. My daughter has been a victim of this negitive peer pressure. As concern parents my wife and I will be moving our daughter to another school after our daughters year is up. The kids that go to Palm Desert Middle are not so innocent. All parents must be aware of this fact. Keep your children safe.

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January 30, 2004
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- submitted by a student
January 04, 2004
My son has only been in this school district for 2 years, but already we have been so impressed by the Teachers, the Band program, and the Principal/Staff! At every school function, the parent involvment is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2003
Palm Desert Middle has great programs for all students (English Learners,Special Ed and GATE).The staff is wonderful and will go the extra mile to help all students be successful.

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Palm Desert Charter Middle School
74-200 Rutledge Way, Palm Desert, CA  92260
(760) 862-4320
Last modified Palm Desert Charter Middle School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palm Desert Charter Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.