Voluntary Public School Choice

Voluntary Public School Choice
Desert Sands
Unified School District
47-950 Dune Palms Road
La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 771-8681

Participating Schools & District Office Top
Elementary School Sites

Carter Elementary
74-251 East Hovley Lane
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4370

Ford Elementary
44-210 Warner Trail
Indian Wells, CA 92210
(760) 772-4120

Washington Charter School
45-768 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4350
Project Teacher: Terri Jacobs

Lincoln Elementary
74-100 Rutledge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4340
Project Teacher: Tammy Kemp

Country Club Elementary
39800 Liberty Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Middle School
High School

Palm Desert Middle School
74-200 Rutledge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4320
Project Teacher: Liz Gordon

Palm Desert High School
43-570 Phyillis Jackson Lane
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4300
Project Teacher: Elaine Preston

Desert Sands Unified School District Office

47-950 Dune Palms Road
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 771-8681
Ann Morales, Grant Facilitator

Vision and Mission Statement Top
Vision Statement
To provide students with meaningful experiences that broaden their horizons and connect the knowledge they gain through the study of Environmental Science to their choices throughout their lives.
Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide all students with a Science/Math/Technology curriculum emphasizing Environmental Studies. With the assistance of committed staff, families, and community members, all students will gain knowledge, awareness and critical thinking skills through the scientific study of the natural world and its multi-faceted and inter-related systems.
Key Components Top

An articulated K-12 inter-disciplinary Environmental Studies Curriculum

  • Standards based instruction using environmental science as the context

Partnering with local, regional, and global agencies

  • Outreach
  • Lesson development
  • Field Studies
  • Internship/Job shadowing
  • Research

Learning enhanced by hands on, inquiry based learning opportunities that integrate technology

  • Data collection, analysis, modeling, presentation, research and creation
Organizing Questions Top
What are the natural (physical and biological) and social (individual, cultural political, technological, governmental and economic) systems in the Coachella Valley area and how do they interact?

What resource use and management issues result from the interactions of the natural and social systems of the Coachella Valley area?

What past, present and future individual, community and political decisions affect the natural and social systems of the Coachella Valley?

What natural and social systems in the Coachella Valley area contribute to the advancement of the fine arts, to the development of recreational opportunities, and to the promotion of esthetic values?
What is Voluntary Public School Choice? Top
Public school choice is a critical component of No Child Left Behind that offers students in low-performing Title I schools an opportunity to attend higher-quality schools, even as the low-performing school are being improved. Together, school improvement activities and public school choice can provide all students in low-performing Title I schools the opportunity to access a high-quality education. When all students - including students with disabilities and English language learners - are provided high-quality educational options, and when all parents receive enough information to make intelligent choices among these options, public school choice can increase both equity and excellence in education.
Agency Partnerships Top
The Living Desert
47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-5694 FAX: (760) 568-9685
Mike Chedester, Curator of Education
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
P.O. Box 581260, North Palm Springs, CA 92258
(760) 325-4970 (760) 323-3107
Tracey Albrecht
University of California at Berkeley
4523 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1670
(510) 642-7826 FAX: (510) 643-0520
James D. Slotta, Ph.D, Director, The WISE Project
Consultant, Mr. Tom Azwell
University of Redlands
P.O. Box 3080, 1200 East Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373-0999
(909) 793-2121 FAX: (909) 335-5204
Carol Ann Franklin, Professor, School of Education
Coachella Valley Women for Agriculture
Coachella Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 382, Indio, CA 92202
(760) 779-8600
email: copelandcope@aol.com
Ann Copeland
Coachella Valley Wildbird Center
P.O. Box 10160, 46-500 Van Buren St., Indio, CA 92202
(760) 347-2647 FAX: (760) 775-2299
Linda York, Director
Joshua Tree National Park
9800 Black Rock Canyon Road, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Educaiton Office (760) 365-2371
email: jotr_education@nps.gov
Lorna Sue Lange-Daggs, Educational Specialist
Mother Nature Live!
9841 oakmount Blvd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
(760) 251-6776
Joanna Stark
Palm Springs Desert Museum
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-7186
email: info@psmuseum.org
Michelle Bunn, Director
PEAK Energy Coalition
1540 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 204, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-5110
Special Events Top

Mall Fairs: November-February


Jason Project: November-February


Parent Educational Resource Center

  • Tours available at CHOICE Schools

Information Nights: November-January


Environmental Expo: March
Palm Desert High School


Earth Day: April 22nd
Living Desert
Student Benefits Top

Transportation for Title I students is available for those who are interested in the specialized curriculum.

Experiential education through studies within our local community

Electronic Portfolio

Environmental Studies Certificate includes:

Job Shadowing

Community Service

Participation in Environmental Science Fair

Environmental Community Service Club