James Madison Elementary | 80-845 Avenue 46 | Indio CA 92201 | 760-775-3850

Attention all Desert Sands families. We are happy to announce that beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, DSUSD is moving to online registration. The registration window will open in August.

If you do not currently have a ParentVUE account, please visit your school’s front office BEFORE THE END OF THE 2018-2019 school year to receive directions and an activation code to create an account. An active ParentVUE account is necessary to participate in annual online registration.

Please note that all incoming kindergarten students and new students to the district will still need to complete a paper registration packet during your school’s registration window. These packets can be picked up at the school site. The registration window for new kindergarten students opens on April 23, 2019, but please be advised that each site has their own daily hours of registration. Contact your school for specific times.

Thank you,


Estimadas familias de Desert Sands, les pedimos que presten atención. Nos agrada anunciarles que a principios del año académico 2019/2020, el Distrito hará modificaciones para que se registren en línea. La ventana de registración abrirá en agosto.

Si todavía no tienen una cuenta ParentVUE, favor de acudir a la oficina principal de su escuela ANTES DEL FIN DEL AÑO ACADÉMICO 2018/2019 para recibir instrucciones y un código de activación para poder crear su cuenta. Es necesario tener una cuenta activa de ParentVUE para participar en la registración anual en línea.

Favor de notar que todos los estudiantes nuevos al Distrito, incluyendo los estudiantes que vienen para entrar kinder, deberán completar el paquete de formularios por escrito en papel durante el periodo de registración de su escuela. Los paquetes pueden ser recogidos en la escuela. La ventana de registración para los nuevos estudiantes de kinder abrirá el 23 de abril de 2019, pero tomen en cuenta que cada escuela tendrá su propio horario de la registración. Pónganse en contacto con su escuela para saber el horario específico.


Thank you for visiting Madison's website, home of the Patriots. I hope you will find it informative. Please allow me to tell you a bit about our fantastic school. James Madison Elementary School is in the Desert Sands Unified School District. We are located in Indio, a city in the Coachella Valley, and in the heart of the Southern California desert. (Yes, but it's a dry heat...) We are 554 students strong, serving grades Kindergarten through Fifth.

Students at Madison School take pride in knowing they have a safe and caring environment in which to learn and grow. The parent involvement is further evidence that education is an important component of the neighborhood culture. Not only does Madison boast an excellent Parent-Teacher Club, but parents can be seen volunteering daily in all aspects of their children's classrooms as well as the school in general.

In short, James Madison Elementary School is a respectful, nurturing environment that provides everything students need to be successful. Please come by for a visit!

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David Karlquist - Principal


Kathy Klug - Counselor


Faye Winn - Instructional Coach


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School Hours

Office Hours: 7:45 am - 4:00 pm

Kindergarten: 8:15 am - 2:33 pm

Grades 1-3: 8:15 am - 2:33 pm

Grades 4-5: 8:05 am - 2:33 pm


Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd Grades release time is 1:33 pm

4th and 5th Grades release time is 1:26pm

If your child is absent call the school at the following number to clear the absence and or leave a message:(760) 775-3850

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