Welcome to Palm Desert High School

The AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion.

Palm Desert High School is proud to be recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School. We celebrate the teachers and students whose hard work, talent, and creativity made this possible.

Distinguished School 
A California Distinguished School is an award given by the California State Board of Education to public schools within the state that best represent exemplary and quality educational programs. Approximately five percent of California schools are awarded this honor each year following a selection process.

Highest ranked school in the Coachella Valley!
  • Washington Post – 1,296th Most Challenging HS #1 in CV
  • US News & Reports – 1,624th Best HS #1 in CV
  • Newsweek – 1,442nd  Best HS #1 in CV


  • Gold Ribbon Award Winner
  • Distinguished School
  • Highest Achieving CAASPP scores in Riverside County
  • Highest CAHSEE scores in the Coachella valley
  • #1 Early Assessment Program (College Ready) Math in Riverside County
  • #2 Early Assessment Program (College Ready) English in Riverside County behind Great Oak in Temecula
  • 28 CIF Titles & 26 CIF Runner-Ups
  • CIF Commissioner Cup
  •  Top 10 Finisher 2012, 2014

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Enrollment and Withdrawal Information

New enrollment for 2015-16

Enrollment - Withdrawals 

Monday-Friday, 7:30am-2:30pm

Please check in with Reception in the Administration Building 1 for a Visitors Pass to come to the counseling office.

Enrollment information is available on our website.  Go to the Counseling tab and click on Enrollment and Registration for instructions and forms.

Transfers:  Contact the DSUSD Office of Child Welfare and Attendance (760-771-8612) for instructions and application window.

PSAT 10 Information

Special PSAT Opportunity for Sophomores!

Desert Sands is excited to announce a partnership with CollegeBoard to provide all sophomore students with access to the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT10.)  In Spring 2016, all sophomores will participate by taking the PSAT10.  This effort is intended to increase students’ awareness and involvement in the college-going process and allow them the opportunity to practice a standardized exam used for college admittance.  In addition, test results can provide valuable feedback identifying academic weaknesses and can be used to determine advanced placement (AP) course readiness.  Sophomores may take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of their junior year if they want to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program; the cost of this exam is not supported by DSUSD.