Palm Valley School

  • Palm Valley School (previously Marywood-Palm Valley) is the only Infant - 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 inclusion; 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1952

Student Body

Total Students330 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Palm Valley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses21 courses
Average SAT score1231
Average ACT score29
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,000
Admissions DirectorAbby Sturgeon


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic World Quest, ASB Student Leadership, Battle of the Books, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Cooking Club, Equestrian Club, Film Club, Genders & Sexualities Alliance, Junior State of America (JSA), Leo Club, Mock Trial, Outdoor Club, Pi Club, Student Government (Middle and Upper School), Student United Way, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Musical Theater, Visual Arts

School Notes

  • Palm Valley School (previously Marywood-Palm Valley) is the only Infant - 12th Grade independent, coeducational, non-denominational day school in the Coachella Valley area of Riverside County. PVS is an exceptional learning community that educates, nurtures and challenges each student to achieve excellence and contribute to our global society.
  • The Palm Valley School: develops intellectual abilities through individual attention to students, passionate and innovative teaching, inquiry and exploration, academic/artistic and athletic growth, trust/respect and partnership, diversity, and responsibility to self and others. The Palm Valley School community (families, staff, and trustees) is committed to an educational environment that reflects these values. 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Palm Springs
    Grades: PK-8 | 301 students
    2.4 miles
    67675 Bolero Road
    Palm Springs, CA 92264
    (760) 324-5464
    2.4 PK-8
  • Aliso Viejo
    Grades: K-8 | 139 students
    75.7 miles
    2A Liberty
    Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
    (949) 510-4861
    75.7 K-8
  • Berkeley
    Grades: 9-12 | 109 students
    430.3 miles
    2727 College Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510) 841-8489
    430.3 9-12
  • Palm Desert
    Grades: PK-5 | 136 students
    8.6 miles
    42675 Washington St
    Palm Desert, CA 92211
    (760) 345-8100
    8.6 PK-5
  • Palm Desert
    Sacred Heart School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 631 students
    5.8 miles
    43775 Deep Canyon Rd
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 346-3513
    5.8 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
I have two children attending Palm Valley now. I have read all the reviews and many are from parents that have left. I thought it was time for someone to post a review from a current parent that is still with the school. While I can`t speak to issues parents have had, my experience has been vastly different and positive. Both of our children are happy at Palm Valley. The parents we have meet through Palm Valley, we have formed tremendous bonds with and respect. To me this speaks volumes about the school community and likely quality of kids my children will interact with. In many cases, these parents have the means to send their children anywhere they want for school and have chosen to send and keep their kids at Palm Valley. I have found the current administration is willing to help when asked. I have one child that was having a hard time educationally. I meet with the Head of school, within a few days of my request. She brought in teachers, the head of lower school, found us an outside testing center, and because we were willing to do what was necessary as parents, the school created a team to help. We were also expected to do our part. Our child is now receiving 1 on 1 teaching with a specialized teacher during the school day combined with classes from two grades and has built a team of staff we communicate with weekly. There are also outside tutors the school is interacting with. In fact, I meet with the whole team again this week, my 3rd time in less than a month. The school was even willing to have the outside testing company observe the classroom and paid for it. In my opinion, way above and beyond. To get this type of specialized attention is rare but also what you`re paying for at Palm Valley. The second thing about a school education is its more than just the educational tools; reading, writing, math etc. My older child is learning how to do public speaking, learning how to act and behave, look people in the eye when speaking, Palm Valley goes beyond the traditional curriculum. My son just came back from a 2-day overnight at a Marine Institute in Catalina. To me a school is the sum of the educational work and other activities combined that lead to a well-rounded child`s total education. We have found the school to be overly concerned about behavior issues and we are grateful for this. Where graduates are going is also a good indication of how a school is doing and Palm Valley has fantastic college placement. There are cheaper options than Palm Valley it`s expensive, but you get what you pay for. They also give out a fair amount of financial aid. If you compared Palm Valley to private schools in most other places, Boston, NY, Los Angeles-. it`s a bargain at 30-40% less. I hope this helps prospective parents. All the best in your search.
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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!
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