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California Schools to Watch is a statewide program implemented by the California League
of Educators, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum, and the California Schools to Watch model schools.
Palm Desert Charter Middle School

Designated 2023

Desert Sands Unified School District

Riverside County

Deborah Dolan, Principal

74200 Rutledge Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 862-4320

School Characteristics

Enrollment: 1,350. Grade Levels: 6-8.

School Demographics

Replicable Practices

Tier 1 supports include guidance lessons and SEL integration in all courses Parent engagement through Latino literacy and counselor coffee programs Strong electives including one CTE pathway Novel study-based humanities program Incoming family induction process facilitates a smooth transition

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