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Palm Desert Charter Middle School

Principal: Deborah Dolan | Assistant Principal: Chris Geyer

74200 Rutledge Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Phone: 760-862-4320 Fax: 760-862-4327

Office is open to the public from 7:30am - 4:00pm.



Mission Statement: The community of Palm Desert Charter Middle School collaborates to provide a safe nurturing environment in which students pursue academic excellence, environmental stewardship and social accountability as global citizens.

Dates and details for the August Panther Summer Camp are included in the signup form.

2020-2021 Yearbook Pickup: Monday, Aug 2nd from 1pm-3pm in the Dance Room

FEV Tutoring is available during the summer.

School starts August 18, 2021

Online Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year begins August 1st.

Online registration is available on your ParentVue account. Do not try to register before August 1st as the information will be rejected.

Online applications for the 2021-2022 School Year Lottery are CLOSED. Applications received at this time will be added to the waiting list.

Get the latest school updates on the PDCMS YouTube channel! every Tuesday afternoon

PDCMS is overseen by a Governing Council which meets at least once per month (except in July). To view the meeting dates and names of council members, please visit the PDCMS Governing Council Webpage.

Attendance Hotline!

760-862-4320 x1

Did you know there is a direct correlation between good attendance and student achievement? Students should attend school, on time, every day but when your child is sick, please call the PDCMS Attendance Hotline ASAP: 760-862-4320 x1. The Hotline is available 24 hour a day.

Buy PE uniforms, yearbooks, pay for Bridges after school program* and more online!

*The Bridges program is not currently available.

Uniform Supplier: Impression Designs Group


School Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:10am - 2:36pm Wednesdays: 8:10am - 1:44pm

School Office Hours Monday-Friday: 7:30am-4:00pm MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED WHENEVER ON CAMPUS

Phone: 760-862-4320 Fax: 760-862-4327

Attendance Hotline: 760-862-4320 x1

Please Note: ALL students must apply to attend PDCMS. There is no school boundary. CLICK HERE for the Application

Uniform Supplier: Impression Designs Group, located at 75153 Merle Drive, Suite B, Palm Desert. Store opens July 15th. Hours: 8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday 2020-2021 PDCMS Uniform Dress Codes

Be a Panther Volunteer! CLICK HERE for the online application. Please note, the volunteer application process can take up to 4 weeks so please apply ASAP.


New this year, ALL students will have free meals; no need to fill out an application.

Nutrition Services is no longer using Myschoolbucks for student meal payments. A new payment portal is coming in the next few weeks. Your student's account balance will automatically transfer to the new system.

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Click here for Bus Information

You must live more than 3 miles from PDCMS and reside in the PDCMS boundary to ride the bus. To determine the distance, use the "walking man" icon on Google Maps.

Click here to purchase a yearbook.

Click here for a list of DSUSD Tutors

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.

School Grades

Follow your or your child's progress online. Progress Reports & Reports Cards are available on ParentVue. They will not be mailed.

*Please note: report cards will be found under "Documents".

CLICK HERE for ParentVUE instructions

For information about the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), please see:


Middle School Curriculum

Promoting Safe Schools Together

Promoting Safer Schools Together.

Anonymously report any incident that you may have seen or heard that concerns you or a friend.

For extra support with the emotional toll caused by the COVID19 pandemic, the California Department of Education (CDE) has set up a crisis hotline with a variety of information designed to help students.


On July 17, 2020, Governor Newsom ordered all counties on the watch list (including Riverside) to begin the school year with distance learning. DSUSD began the 2020-21 school year with distance learning on August 19, and transitioned to a hybrid model (combination of distance learning and in-classroom instruction) on March 29. All parents may choose to have their students remain in distance learning for the entire 2020-21 school year.

View DSUSD Moving Forward plan

Ver el plan Seguir Adelante de DSUSD

Keep up to date with the Desert Sands Unified School District and California Department of Education.

Emergency Preparedness CheckList

What would you do if a natural disaster strikes

during school hours?

Click here for the PDCMS Emergency Plan procedures and links to be prepared

What's New?

Stay informed by sending your email address to: to receive weekly school news & updates!

IMPORTANT! Students entering 7th Grade MUST have the T-Dap immunization booster & TWO Varicella vaccines before starting school.

Click here for complete details in English & Spanish

Mission Statement: The community of Palm Desert Charter Middle School collaborates to provide a safe nurturing environment in which students pursue academic excellence, environmental stewardship and social accountability as global citizens.