Palm Springs Unified School District, PSUSD, holds the responsibility of managing the education of more than 23,000 students in the western half of the Palm Springs Valley in California. Communities encompassed in the area that’s managed by PSUSD include Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Thousand Palms, and additional unincorporated areas. The district shares its responsibilities for educating the students in Palm Springs with two other districts including The Coachella Valley Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District.
Established in 1958 from the Palm Springs Public Schools, the PSUSD now employs more than 2,000 employees including administrators, certified, and classified staff. Collectively, there are 25 schools peppered throughout the district including 16 elementary, four middle, four high, and one continuation school.
PSUSD schools in Cathedral City include Agua Caliente, Cathedral City, Landau, Rio Vista and Sunny Sands elementary schools; James Workman and Nellie Coffman middle schools; and Cathedral City High. Mt. San Jacinto High School is an alternative high school also within Cathedral City.
Desert Hot Springs encompasses Bella Vista, Bubbling Wells, Cabot Yerxa, Julius Corsini, and Two Bunch Palms elementary schools; Desert Springs and Painted Hills middle schools; and Desert Springs High School.
Palm Springs houses Cahuilla, Cielo Vista, Katherine Finchy and Vista Del Monte elementary schools; Raymond Cree Middle School, and Palm Springs High School. Also in Palm Springs are the Palm Springs Adult School, Desert Learning Academy, Palm Springs Unified Mental Health Services, Esperanza High School-Center, and Canyon Run preschool/kindergarten.
Rancho Mirage is home to Rancho Mirage Elementary and Rancho Mirage High School.
Della S. Lindley and Palm Park Elementary are the two schools in Thousand Palms.
The district’s mission statement accounts for students who “…will graduate prepared and motivated to succeed in their choice of career and higher education and to contribute to the common good.”
Additional programs the district provides outside of the standard curriculum include special education, tech prep, athletics, advanced placement, and instruction for English learners, among others.
The school district’s newly updated website includes a link for information regarding school meals. Elementary students pay 2.25 per lunch, and secondary students pay $2.75 per meal. The online portal allows for convenient pre-payment for meals, but also provides easy access for viewing menus, and learning about nutrition and fitness.
The Palm Springs Unified School District is proud to participate in the statewide Great ShakeOut drill program, an earthquake safety drill designed to keep students safe. Another attempt to keep students safe is the anti-bullying movement including an anonymous online reporting form so students who feel unsafe can seek help without putting themselves in additional danger.
Palm Springs Unified School District has an extension, known as The Foundation, designated solely to raising funds for its schools. The Foundation is a 501-C3 non-profit organization that works to form relationships with local businesses and groups to financially support the education of the area’s students.
The Palm Springs Unified School District is located at 980 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs, California 92262. For additional information, call 760-416-6000.
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