Palm Springs Unified School District

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Palm Springs
Unified School District
980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm Springs, California
District information
Type Public
Grades K–12
Established 1958
Superintendent Christine J. Anderson, Ed.D.
Students and staff
Students 23,943
Other information
William E. Diedrich, Ph.D., Administration Building

The Palm Springs Unified School District, or PSUSD, is one of three public education governing bodies in the Coachella Valley desert region of Southern California. PSUSD governs the western half of the valley; the Coachella Valley Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District oversee communities in the eastern half. Administrative offices are located in Palm Springs. The PSUSD was established in 1958 from the Palm Springs Public Schools, later included Palm Springs High School in the 1960s.


PSUSD employs more than 2000 administrators, certificated staff and classified staff. More than 22,000 students are enrolled in sixteen elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools and a continuation high school. Preschools, Head Start programs and adult education are covered as well.

The district covers the following communities:

Unincorporated areas within the region are covered as well.



Cathedral City[edit]

  • Agua Caliente Elementary School, opened in 1930's, current site since 1960, renovated.
  • Cathedral City Elementary School (moved to new site in 2005).
  • Landau Elementary School – opened in 1991.
  • Rio Vista Elementary School – opened in 2006.
  • Sunny Sands Elementary School – opened in 1987.

Desert Hot Springs[edit]

  • Bella Vista Elementary School - opened in 2014. [1]
  • Bubbling Wells Elementary School – opened in 1990.
  • Cabot Yerxa Elementary School – opened in 2009.
  • Julius Corsini Elementary School – opened in 1983 (formerly Hacienda Elementary School 1950s–80, replaced older site).
  • Two Bunch Palms Elementary School – opened in 1997.

Palm Springs[edit]

  • Cahuilla Elementary School – oldest grade school in existence, opened in 1920's, renovated.
  • Cielo Vista Elementary School – opened in the 1950s, renovated.
  • Katherine Finchy School (formerly Middle, now a Grade school since the 1980s, moved to new facility in 1998).
  • Vista Del Monte Elementary School – opened in 1983, replaced older site since the 1920s.

Rancho Mirage[edit]

  • Rancho Mirage Elementary School – city's oldest public school, opened in the 1940s, current site since 1967.

Palm Desert[edit]

  • Proposed Desert Cities – Mid Valley School Complex (K–grade 8) – proposed.[citation needed]

Thousand Palms[edit]

  • Della S. Lindley Elementary School – opened in 1987.
  • Palme Park Elementary School – proposed.[citation needed]


Cathedral City[edit]

  • James Workman Middle School – opened in 1996/97.
  • Nellie Coffman Middle School – facility opened in 1976/77 – renovated, formerly in Palm Springs (1930s to 1976).

Desert Hot Springs[edit]

  • Desert Springs Middle School – opened in 1989.
  • Painted Hills Middle School – opened Fall 2011[2]

Palm Springs[edit]

  • Raymond Cree Middle School – opened in the 1960s, replaced site build in 1930s.


Cathedral City[edit]

Had the second highest test scores of all Coachella Valley high schools in the 2000s and 2010–11.

Desert Hot Springs[edit]

Palm Springs[edit]

Originally K–12 grade school in the 1920s and had the College of the Desert campus from 1958 to 1964.

Rancho Mirage[edit]

Alternative Education[edit]

Cathedral City[edit]

  • Mt. San Jacinto High School – facility opened in 1986 replaced El Camino Continuation High School in Palm Springs.

Desert Hot Springs[edit]

  • Edward Wenzlaff Education Center (relocated from Desert Hot Springs Alternative Center 2015 and formerly Las Brisas Continuation) opened in 1992. (formerly Desert Hot Springs K-8 School 1940s–62, current site opened in 1963, renamed in 1996, was elementary school until 2014).[citation needed]

Palm Springs[edit]

  • Palm Springs Adult School, adjacent to Katherine Finchy school.
  • Palm Springs Independent Studies School (K–8, plus high school).
  • Ramon Alternative Center (on former PSUSD Office).
  • Esperanza High School-Center (for teenage mothers and their children).
  • Canyon Run Preschool/ Kindergarten in Palm Springs' Gateway section.
  • Proposed Desert Highland/ Gateway Education center.[citation needed]

Historic schools[edit]

The PSUSD used to have 5 other public schools in Palm Springs and one other in Cathedral City.

Until the 1950s, the PSUSD had separate school campuses for African-American, Latino, Asian-American and American Indian students when school segregation was then legal, then came the mandated policy of racial integration affected local schools.

Local celebrities and billionaires like Walter Annenberg and Frank Sinatra boosted public schools in the city and desert, whom also personally fought against racial and ethnic segregation of public schools. At the time, even American Jewish and American Catholic students would choose church-run and religious day schools over public ones, until the end of WWII when their parents were comfortable sending them to secular public schools. By the start of the 1960s, the PSUSD was integrated of all races and creeds.

The private Palm Valley School in the 1920s on the city limits of Cathedral City, closed in the 1970s.

The Smoke Tree school which faced the Walt Disney ranch and the Bob Hope and Elvis Presley residences.

The Frances Stevens school now the Palm Springs Theatre.

The Harry Oliver school became the Palm Springs Community School run by Riverside County Department of Education.

The Ramon School now the St. Theresa's Catholic school.

The El Camino Continuation High School, on Demuth Park (the park and school's original site was on west Ramon and south Palm Canyon Dr.) in the late 1970s, on the PSHS site in the early 1980s, then became the Esperanza High School for teenage mothers in 1986, then closed in the early 1990s.

And the Mount San Jacinto School on Section 14, the land parcel on the Agua Caliente Indian reservation.


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