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PALM DESERT CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

MISSION STATEMENT

The community of Palm Desert Charter Middle School collaborates to provide a safe nurturing environment in which students pursue academic excellence, environmental stewardship, and social accountability as global citizens. 

Palm Desert Charter Middle School is located in the central region of Palm Desert and serves students in grades six through eight following a traditional calendar. At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, 1407 students were enrolled, including 7.2% in special education, 8.7% qualifying for English language learner support, and 49.2% qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. 

Palm Desert Charter Middle School provides professional, highly qualified staff that provide additional services and support centered on the whole student - academically, physically, and mentally. 


Please click here to view and download the current 2017 Annual Report.

Previous annual reports - 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Follow the link here to visit the website of Palm Desert Charter Middle School.

 


 

Phone

(760) 862-4320

 

Location

74200 Rutledge Way

Palm Desert

CA92260

 

OFFICE Hours

M-F 7:30am - 4pm

Recognition for Palm Desert Charter Middle School

Honor Roll school for the 2016 California Honor Roll

PDCMS named California Gold Ribbon School for 2017. For more information click here.

 

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PDCMS Foundation

 

PALM DESERT CHART MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION WAS FORMED TO FIRST CONVERT PALM DESERT MIDDLE SCHOOL TO A CHARTER (WHICH TOOK EFFECT IN 2008).

THE FOUNDATION'S MISSION IS TO RAISE MONEY TO ENHANCE ACADEMIC AND OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WILL ENRICH BOTH STUDENTS' LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT.

THE FOUNDATION FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS ACADEMIC AND ELECTIVE PROGRAMS AS WELL AS SUPPORTING THE KARE MENTORING PROGRAM.

Board Of Directors

Jessica Wong | President | groophy21@yahoo.com

Dr. Morgan Moranda | Vice President | lmorganm@aol.com

Dr. Lynne Messner | Secretary | lmmessner@hotmail.com

Lynn DeKock | Treasurer | treasurer@pdcms.org

Maria Kiner |  Member | maria@thekinergroup.com

John Anderholt | Member | john@anderholtwhittaker.com

Jackie Fensen | Member | jbonventre@hotmail.com

Rick Post | Member | rick_post@ml.com

Sallie Fraser | Member | sallie.fraser@desertsands.us

Jack Tapleshay | Member | lionpopi@aol.com

 

 

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FUNDRAISING INFORMATION

THE FOUNDATION SPONSORS TWO MAJOR FUNDRAISERS ANNUALLY:

THE FALL GALA WHICH THIS YEAR WAS ON 4 NOVEMBER. CHECK BACK FOR PICTURES OF THE EVENT.

THE PALM DESERT PANTHER 5-K IN JANUARY OF EACH YEAR. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE 2018 EVENT.

PROCEEDS FROM THESE EVENTS ARE USED TO SUPPORT AFTER-SCHOOL SPORTS AND SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY.

 
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Charter Schools  

Balancing Autonomy with Oversight

 

Charter Schools and the Charter system are not new. The first Charter School was set up in East St Paul, Minnesota in 1992 by a Board of Teachers to foster pedagogic innovation. Today, the Charter system enrolls about 3.1 million children across 43 states.

 

Charter Schools are public but not owned by the traditional school district though they will receive funding from that district. They are typically overseen and monitored by that district. Their independence is limited due to their essentially public nature. So, in common with a traditional public school, they must be free, must not teach religion, and must enroll children without discrimination. Indeed, because the Charter School is not owned by the District School Board, they can enroll children from outside the district, thereby offering education to groups of children who may not otherwise have access to good quality teaching.

 

Oversight and Charter Authorization

Typically, a Charter School’s Charter comes up for reauthorization every three to five years. The Charter’s reauthorization is predicated on exam results, school finances, and graduation rates, the same criteria upon which any public school would be judged. The State or District Authorizing Board will determine whether to extend the Charter to the current operator, hand the Charter to a new operator, or close the school.