Public Schools

Desert Hot Springs is part of the Palm Springs Unified School District and is home to nine public schools.

As stated on their website, “The Palm Springs Unified School District is proud to be one of the finest of California’s school districts. A team of over 2,000 outstanding employees is providing a quality education to students in Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Sky Valley, and Thousand Palms some of the fastest growing regions in California.”

Currently PSUSD has sixteen elementary schools, five middle schools, four comprehensive high schools, two continuation high schools, alternative education programs, headstart/state preschools, full-day headstart programs and childcare programs. The District provides a wide array of programs, including special education, instruction for English Learners, Tech Prep, athletics, advanced placement, Title I, Career Technical Education (CTE) career pathways and California Partnership Academies (CPA), Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) a 24/7 laptop program, and many other services.

According to U.S.News & World Reports, students at Desert Hot Springs High scored higher than the state and district average for reading. Overall, the school’s students “performed better than expected” on state exams, given the local demographic makeup.

Desert Hot Springs High School also boasts a 90% graduation rate, and had more than 30% of students participate in Advanced Placement course work and exams, according to the same report.

In 2018, a local teacher, Dr. Brian McDaniel of Painted Hills Middle School, was named the California Teacher of the Year. He is currently one of four American finalists for Global Teacher of the Year.