Office Opens - August 9, 2016 - 8:00 - 3:30 

Job Announcement (posted 7/26/16)  
DRA is now hiring Noon Yard Supervisors to start the first day of school. Pay rate is $9.49 per hour 1.5 hrs daily or 7.5 hrs a week (if you work 5 days of week). If you are interested, please contact Lucy Lara ph: 760.393.5500 or email:

WEB leader training  - Aug. 10- 11- Contact Dr. Meadows for more

  • WEB - (Where Everybody Belongs)Welcome 6th graders -Last names A - L -  Monday, August 15 - 8:00 - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Welcome 6th graders -Last names M-Z   Tuesday, Aug. 16-8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Contact: 
  • Registration is after 6th grade WEB on both days - 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Get your ID Cards, pick up your Packets, and purchase your PE Clothes,and Polos. Fill out C-Cards, sign up for ASES, and fill out lunch applications. Contact:
  • 7th Grade Registration - Wed. Aug. 17- 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Get your ID Cards, pick up your Packets, and purchase your PE Clothes,and Polos. Fill out C-Cards, 
  • sign up for ASES, and fill out lunch applications. Contact - 
  • Attention parents of 7th graders: 
    Shots for School
  • 8th Grade Registration - Thurs. Aug. 18 - 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Get your ID Cards, pick up your Packets, and purchase your PE Clothes,and Polos. Fill out C-Cards
  • sign up for ASES, and fill out lunch applications.   Contact -
Uniform Sales Only - Friday, Aug. 19. 

ASB Leader Lock-In - Friday, Aug. 19 - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

First day of School - Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.- 8:50 a.m.

Back to School Night - Wed, September 7, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

  • If you have a question about DRA that is not answered here on our website, please send question to  Karen Flaherty - DRA Website Coordinator :) I 
  • Shots for School Q:  My son will be going into 7th grade next year and I need to get his immunization done that is required for registration. Who do we turn this information ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 7:04 PM by Karen Flaherty
  • Polos & Dress Code Wondering about dress code and polo shirts? Polo Shirts - Colors/Information Dress Code - Important Information 
    Posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:06 PM by Karen Flaherty
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     Welcome Incoming 6th Graders - Virtual Tour! 

School Information

Office Hours:  8:20 - 3:40 - Monday - Friday

Dress Code:  School Uniform: Polo tops in school colors only. Bottoms any color, no gym shorts allowed. Students wear lanyard/ID at all times while at DRA or on school bus.

SCHOOL COLORS: Royal Blue, Gold, Orange

MASCOT: Diamondbacks  

Volunteer applications expire yearly. If you are planning to volunteer at DRA during the 2016/17 school year, please fill out your online application. If you need assistance, feel free to contact Lucy Lara or Reina Gonzalez at 760.393.5500. We greatly appreciate your service to our DRA community! Thank you!    Volunteer Application: Click here

Welcome, Mrs. Buompensiero- Assistant Principal 
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Buompensiero is our newest Assistant Principal. 
I am delighted to join the Desert Ridge Academy team as an Assistant Principal. I have worked in secondary education since 2001, and nothing brings me more joy than encouraging students to set goals, and helping them to achieve them. I look forward to meeting staff, students, and families as we work together to create an environment of excellence! As you see me around campus, please come and introduce yourself to me; I have many new faces to learn!

Welcome, Mrs. Teunis- School Counselor
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Teunis will be joining Mr. Cain in our new counseling center in room 301. 
About Mrs. Teunis: 
My education:
I received my B.A in Psychology at Florida State University (GO NOLES!). I got my M.Ed. at University of Nevada Las Vegas in School Counseling. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC.)

I started my counseling career here at Desert Sands in 2015 as an elementary school counselor through the Student Assistance Program. I am excited to join the Desert Ridge Academy family and look forward to working with and getting to know the students here.
In my free time I also teach Pure Barre and love traveling, spending time with my family, working out, watching college football, reading a good book and being outdoors!

Welcome, Mrs. Cummings - ELA Teacher
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Cummings will be joining our language arts team! 
 As an Air Force brat I grew up all over the
U.S. and Germany. When my dad retired from the military he accepted a position with the city of Palm Desert, I finished my last years of school at Palm Desert High School. 

Ever since Mrs. Terry's second grade class I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I absolutely love my career!

I consider Bermuda Dunes my hometown now since I have lived here for over 25 years. My husband, Tim, owns Vicious Fishes, since 1991 he has been building and maintaining aquariums and ponds. We have one daughter, Natalie
(15), she is a sophomore at PDHS and keeps busy
with the varsity and competition cheer squads.

I have an open door policy, so feel free to stop by my classroom if you need any assistance.

Mrs. Cummings
6th & 7th Grade ELA/Writing

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