Late Start - Date Change: 

December 1, 2016

Dear Diamondback Families,
Desert Sands Unified School District has already begun instituting a weekly teacher training and planning time for the 2016-2017 school year, referred to as Structured Academic Support Time (SAST).
Throughout the district administrators and teachers at each school meet either before the start of school, or after the end of the school day, on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, for common planning and collaboration.

In order to bring our school into alignment with all other schools in the district our weekly Late Start ​day will be changing. Under our current schedule, on Mondays, students arrive at 9:46 a.m., and leave at 3:16 p.m. The last Late Start day on the current​ schedule will be Monday, December 12, 2016.

Starting the week of, January 3, 2017 our Late Start ​day ​is changing to Thursday,​ and this will continue for the remainder of the year. On this day, school will start at 9:46 a.m.

This change is necessary to allow for improved teacher training and collaboration across the district.

If you have questions, you can call the school office at 760.393.5500

Brad Fisher
Principal, Desert Ridge Academy

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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.

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Happy 50th Anniversary, DSUSD!

It's time to celebrate! 

Mark you calendars: 

More information and flyers to come: 

Tickets will soon be available for the Thursday, November 17 party at Coachella Valley Historical Museum. The event will begin at 5:30 pm and will be an evening celebration of the 50 year milestone. Refreshments are being created and served by LQHS culinary arts and entertainment provided by Palm Desert Charter Middle School Jazz Band. There will be much more!  Mark you calendars! 
Sunday, November 20 will be a FREE Community Day at the Coachella Valley Historical Museum. It will be all about education and the history of DSUSD.  The event will run from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Announcement: The Celebration Committee needs your help:  If you have  photos of your time in a Desert Sands school from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s,  please email photos to 

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