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Elementary and Secondary Education

La Quinta is reputed to be home of some of the finest education in the Coachella Valley. It is serviced by the Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD), which covers cities in the east valley and is responsible for 25,000 students, increasing by nearly 3.5 percent annually.

Two La Quinta schools are recognized as “California Distinguished Schools,” Harry S. Truman and La Quinta High School (LQHS). Additionally, the Amelia Earhart Elementary School of International Studies and the John Glenn Middle School of International Studies complete a triad with La Quinta High School.

Also serving parts of La Quinta, the Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) has the area’s first state-of-the-art K-12 Education Park. Among the district’s innovative programs are the after-school 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Coachella Valley Education Foundation’s “Catch the Dream” and CBET evening parent classes.

With an emphasis on inquiry-based learning and global perspective, LQHS is widely respected for its technology programs, school-to-career/college academics (like its Culinary Arts program) and the renowned International Baccalaureate (IB). Since July 2000, LQHS has offered the IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme to approximately 190 students ages 11 to 16. The programme of international education is designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.

Desert Sands Unified Schools

John Adams Elementary School
50800 Desert Club Drive — (760) 777-4260

Amelia Earhart Elementary School
45250 Dune Palms Road — (760) 200-3720

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
77800 Calle Tampico — (760) 238-9424

Colonel Mitchell Paige School
43495 Palm Royale Drive — (760) 238-9710

Harry S. Truman Elementary School
78870 Avenue 50 — (760) 777-4240

Horizon Elementary School
43330 Palm Royale Drive — (760) 238-9720

La Quinta High School
79255 Westward Ho — (760) 772-4150

La Quinta Middle School
78900 Avenue 50 (760) 777-4220

Colleges and Universities

One of the most significant growth areas within the Coachella Valley has been higher education, specifically the addition of adjunct facilities in Palm Desert from the University of California Riverside (UCR) and California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), Chapman University, and the expansion of the College of the Desert (COD) to the East Valley.

College of the Desert - Palm Desert Campus
43500 Monterey Avenue — (760) 346-8041
Eastern Valley Center — (760) 776-7200

College of the Desert is one of the 110 community colleges in California and a vital part of the world’s largest system of higher education, which serves 2.5 million students each year. Founded in 1958 with its doors open in 1962, COD’s current enrollment is over 11,000 students, one-third of which are attending full time. COD is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and approved by the California State Department of Education. COD is distinguished as the home of the Energy Technology Training Center and is recognized as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI).

Courses at the college address a local need for employees in the hospitality, medical and agriculture industries, and COD offers A.A. degrees and certificate programs in various vocations. Students planning to complete an undergraduate degree are also prepared at COD for admission to the branch campuses of UCR and CSUSB located in the Coachella Valley and for transfer to other institutions.

Center for Training & Development - COD
43500 Monterey Avenue — (760) 773-2545

University of California at Riverside - Palm Desert Graduate Center
The Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management
(760) 834-0800

University of California at Riverside - Palm Desert Graduate Center
75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert — (760) 834-0800

The UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center expands the reach of the University of California, Riverside. Established as a teaching and research center, the center provides relevant regional research and offers innovative graduate programs.

California State University - San Bernardino-Palm Desert Campus
CSUSB Palm Desert Health Science
37500 Cook Street — (760) 341-2883

The California State University San Bernardino-Palm Desert Campus (CSUSB) offers a variety of degrees that include accounting, communications and criminal justice, as well as a graduate program in public administration and credentials/master’s in teacher education.

Brandman University
42600 Cook Street, Palm Desert — (760) 341-8051

Brandman University is a fully accredited university within the Chapman University System, which serves more than 10,000 adult working students both online and at 25 campuses in California and Washington. The Coachella Valley campus offers a range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, credential, certificate and extended education programs in a variety of disciplines.

Other Higher Learning Institutions

Kaplan College - Palm Springs Campus
2475 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way — (866) 219-5564

Kaplan College’s mission is to offer a career-focused, hands-on education through a variety of quality programs, while promoting the development of positive self-esteem. We want to empower you to achieve your professional and personal goals, and provide the education you need to seek a position.

Universal Technical Institute
78739 Bottlebrush Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253 — (760) 771-4446

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is the country’s premier provider of technician training for students seeking a rewarding career in the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine industries. UTI not only provides a quality education, but our partnerships with today’s leading manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, International, Volkswagen, Honda and Volvo offer an unmatched number of training and career opportunities for our students.

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