About Us

La Quinta High School, located in the low-desert region of California, offers students a rigorous academic program while preparing them for their future in a safe and supportive environment. A 2014 Gold Ribbon Award winner and multi-year winner of the California Distinguished Schools Awards, the 2,800+ student body excels academically, in the arts, and in athletics. It is an International Baccalaureate School and offers several career academies including Culinary Arts, Public Service, Medical Health, and Information and Communications Technology



La Quinta High School (LQHS) is located in the city of La Quinta, a suburban desert community located in the Coachella Valley. The ten cities and unincorporated communities of the Coachella Valley have a permanent population of over 500,000 with an additional 300,000 seasonal residents. Located two hours east of Los Angeles and two hours northeast of San Diego, La Quinta is nestled between the San Bernardino and Santa Rosa mountains.

Once considered primarily a retirement area, La Quinta witnessed considerable change during the early 1990’s. The population of the city was just over 5,000 in 1982 and was 40,000 as of 2011. In 1985 the median age in the Coachella Valley was sixty-four. The median age has since dropped to 42.8. With the decrease in median age has come an increase in the number of families with school-age children residing in La Quinta. There are continuing education opportunities in the Coachella Valley at College of the Desert, California State University San Bernardino-Palm Desert Campus, University of California-Riverside and Brandman University. This allows our graduates to further their academic careers within their own community.

La Quinta High School opened in 1994 and has been designated a California Distinguished School four times and a California Gold Ribbon School. The school was awarded full International Baccalaureate (IB) membership status in May 2001. A variety of pathways are offered at La Quinta High School including the Public Service Academy, Medical Health Academy, Culinary Arts, Information and Communication Technology Academy and AFJROTC. Our student population is culturally diverse which enhances the learning experience. The student population consists of: Hispanic 67%, White 24%, Asian/Pacific Islander 4%, African American 3%, Other 1%. A strong academic program, state of the art technology, competitive sports, and visual and performing arts are a priority at La Quinta High School.