Palm Valley School

35525 Da Vall Drive,
Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270-0922
Tel: (760)328-0861
Grades: NS - 12 | 398 students
Palm Valley School (previously Marywood-Palm Valley) is the only Pre-School - 12th Grade independent, coeducational, non-denominational day school in the Coachella Valley area of Riverside County.
PVS strives to promote in its students academic excellence, exemplary character, excellent communication skills and self-discovery through experience.
The Palm Valley School: develops intellectual abilities through a passion for learning and critical thinking; inspires individual courage, respect, and tolerance; fosters integrity, compassion, and responsibility; nurtures imagination, creative expression and a sense of humor; and encourages a balanced perspective on life through healthy decision-making and personal fitness.
The Palm Valley School community (families, staff, and trustees) is committed to an educational environment that reflects these values.
Our curriculum empowers our students to be effective citizens as they meet the challenges in an increasingly complex world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 12
Year Founded 1952

Student Body

Total Students 398 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 20%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade Palm Valley School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 18 students
Number of AP Courses 15 courses
Average SAT score 1792
Average ACT score 28
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid 27%
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Admissions Director Lisa Olson


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes:

    Profile last updated: 09/20/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Stepping Stones (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Stepping Stones (1.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is King's Schools Of The Desert (2.4 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended October 29, 2013 - My students started at Palm Valley in fall 2013 as 7th graders. I have been very impressed - the other kids are so friendly and kind, the teachers are responsive, and the curriculum is impressive (my 7th graders are reading The Odyssey in English!) LOVE the after school sports teams and robotics elective! - Posted by Parent

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