Desert Sands Unified School District

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Desert Sands Unified School District
Location
47950 Dune Palms Rd,
La Quinta, CA 92253
Coordinates33°42′08″N 116°16′35″W / 33.70222°N 116.27639°W / 33.70222; -116.27639Coordinates: 33°42′08″N 116°16′35″W / 33.70222°N 116.27639°W / 33.70222; -116.27639
Information
TypePublic
SuperintendentScott Bailey (as of 2017)
Website

The Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) is a public school district with main offices located in La Quinta, California. The district was founded in 1964, after the California Department of Education consolidated all Indio public schools. As of 2017, DSUSD serves 28,958 students in Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, and parts of Rancho Mirage and Coachella.[1]

Schools[edit]

DSUSD has nineteen elementary schools, seven middle schools, 4 high schools, 2 continuation high schools, and one alternative education school, and two preschool programs.

Elementary[edit]

  • Carrillo Ranch Elementary School, Indio – opened in 2003/04.
  • James E. Carter Elementary School, Palm Desert – opened in 1996/97.
  • Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Jr. Academy, Indio – opened in 2004/05.
  • Amelia Earhart Elementary of International Studies, an IB World School, Indio – opened in 2001/02.
  • Dwight Eisenhower Elementary School, Indio – opened in 1961/62. Closed in June 2018. (August 2018 facility opened as Eisenhower Community Education Center.)
  • Gerald Ford Elementary School, Indian Wells – opened in 1991/92.
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, an IB World School, La Quinta – opened in 1997/98.
  • Herbert Hoover Elementary School, Indio – opened in 1951/52.
  • Horizon School of Independent Studies, La Quinta.
  • Andrew Jackson Elementary School, Indio – opened in 1954/55.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School, Indio – opened January 2000.
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Indio – opened in 1964/65.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Palm Desert – opened in 1965/66.
  • James Madison Elementary School, Indio – opened in 1988/89.
  • James Monroe Elementary School, Bermuda Dunes – opened in 1987/88.
  • Richard R. Oliphant Elementary School, Indio – opened in 2018/08.
  • Ronald Reagan Elementary School, Palm Desert – opened in 2006/07.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, Indio – opened in 1950/51, oldest elementary school in Indio.
  • Harry S. Truman Elementary School, La Quinta – opened in 1989/90.
  • Martin Van Buren Elementary School, Indio – opened in 1958/59 renovated.
  • George Washington Charter Elementary School, Palm Desert – opened in 1954/55.

Middle[edit]

High[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Desert Sands Adult School – online classes.
  • Adams Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Eisenhower Community Education Center - preschool programs, career technical education, adult education.

History[edit]

In the 1930s and 1940s, Indio Public Schools consisted of Washington, Roosevelt, Jackson, Lincoln and Hoover schools, with the Jefferson school the sole junior high-level facility. In 1966, voters approved the consolidation of the Indio Elementary School District and the Coachella Valley Joint Union High School District, with some smaller elementary districts, into one, 760 square mile, district called Desert Sands Unified School District. The district initially served about 6,600 students.[2]

In 2010, using funds provided by the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, two elementary schools were converted to magnet schools: the Carrillo Ranch Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School and the John F. Kennedy Elementary Math and Science Magnet School.[3]

In 2016, the school district celebrated its 50th anniversary with an exhibit at the Coachella Valley History Museum, a former one-room school house built in 1909.[2]

7 Things you need to know about Desert Sands Unified School District[4]

In 2016-2017, Desert Sands began offering full-day Kindergarten at all schools (except for Washington Charter) in order to help prepare students and increase reading and writing skills. The expansion was funded by the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan.[5]

In 2017, Students in the Desert Sands Unified School District outperformed the other Coachella Valley school districts on statewide tests.[6]

In the 2018-19 school year, the school district launched a new One to World device initiative titled Connect. Chromebooks are used district-wide for grades 2-12 and the devices are being issued each year alongside textbooks. Students needing a wifi connection at home can also be issued a mifi device to connect to the district's network. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perry, Mary (May 30, 2017). "New Desert Sands school to be completed in 2018". azcentral. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Hwang, Kristen (November 22, 2016). "Desert Sands Unified celebrates 50th anniversary". Desert Sun. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Magnet Schools Assistance Program" (PDF). ww2.ed.gov. 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "7 Things you need to know about Desert Sands Unified School District". www.desertsun.com. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Desert Sands proposes full-day kindergarten at all schools". www.desertsun.com. April 20, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Desert Sands Unified leads the valley in scores on rigorous state tests". www.desertsun.com. November 3, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "DSUSD Introduces New Learning Initiative". www.ukenreport.com. April 23, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.

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