Attention Bus Riders: If you ride the bus to DRA, your parents should have received a letter that contains important details about your bus schedule/bus stop.  You may also visit the DSUSD Bus Schedule by School.   You may also view this link: DRA Bus Routes/Times

Checklist for your back-to-school shopping!  See you soon!  :) 

News from the Cafeteria: 
Lunch meals prices for 2016-2017 have increased by .25 cents. 
Elementary lunch is $2.75
Middle/High schools are $3.00
Breakfast prices remain the same at $1.75

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:

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

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Last updated: 26 Aug. 2016 

School Resource Officer

Hello, my name is Gabriela (Gabi) Mendoza. I am a police officer for the Indio Police Department and proud to be your new School Resource Officer (SRO).  I’m here to help and support you, to work towards ensuring a safe learning environment for our students, and to continue the great work of my predecessors Officer Gilbert Lopez, Officer Jose Lopez, and Officer Joel Osmond.  I am grateful to my fellow officers for their hard work and dedication to both Shadow Hills High School and Desert Ridge Academy.  They worked tirelessly to build a strong foundation, and my hope is to continue their good more   

Gabriela Mendoza, School Resource Officer

Shadow Hills High School/Desert Ridge Academy

DSUSD email:

IPD Email:

SRO cell phone:  (760) 485-2673

SHHS phone number:  44134 DRA phone number:  45106

DRA Tweets

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 
  • 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 
  • Q: How do I know what bus my child rides to school? A:  If your child rides the bus to school, you should have received a letter that contains important details about your child's bus schedule and bus stop.You may ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2016, 4:22 PM by Karen Flaherty
  • 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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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