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If you’re looking for some of the finest schools for your children, here’s a list of top-performing schools in Riverside County and other nearby communities:

  • Palm Valley School (Private)
    35-525 Da Vall Drive
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
    (760) 328-0861
    info(at)pvs(dotted)org

    Established in 1952, Palm Valley School is the only Independent School accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS).

    The school has maintained a long history of educational excellence, thanks to its high level academic curriculum, highly qualified faculty, and award-winning co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.

  • La Quinta High School (Public)
    79-255 W.ward Ho Dr.
    La Quinta, CA 92253
    (760) 772-4150

    La Quinta High School is known for maintaining a proud tradition of excellence through its International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and a thriving CTE Program which incorporates the Public Service Academy, Information Technology Academy, Culinary Arts, Medical Health Academy, and the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

    At the forefront of La Quinta High School are a group of dedicated faculty members and a talented and highly diverse student population. The school has several athletic programs that consistently compete at championship level, as well as various extracurricular activities such as visual and performing arts, music, robotics, and ASB.

  • Idyllwild Arts Academy (Private)
    52500 Temecula Drive
    Idyllwild, CA 92549
    (951) 468-7223
    admission(at)idyllwildarts(dotted)org

    The Idyllwild Arts campus encompasses more than 200 acres in the scenic mountain village of Idyllwild. Founded in 1946, the educational institution focuses on art forms of all types, for artists from all ages and levels of accomplishments.

    Idyllwild Arts has a rich history of developing the creative talents of countless artists since the late 1940s. The school’s priority is to maintain the ideal environment for artists to flourish in all kinds of artistic disciplines, so they may be able to pursue their creative passion.

  • Harry S. Truman Elementary (Public)
    78-870 Avenue 50
    La Quinta, CA 92253-2400
    (760) 777-4240

    Harry S. Truman Elementary focuses on providing children with a caring, safe, and innovative learning environment that optimizes their learning capacity. The school strongly believes in the key role of a parent to their child’s education, which is why they maintain constant communication between parents and teachers.

    Harry S. Truman Elementary School is selected by the Desert Sands Unified School District to join La Quinta Middle School in creating the first kindergarten to 8th grade specialized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) pathway.

  • Riverside STEM Academy (Public)
    4466 Mount Vernon Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92507
    (951) 788-7308

    Riverside STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy serves grades 5-12. Opened in 2011, the school has an emphasis on the use of technology, using it as a tool so that students can work collaboratively both at school and at home and communicate with teachers.

    The school is in the process of developing partnerships with several community organizations, local colleges and universities, and STEM related businesses, and is closely affiliated with the University of California and Riverside Colleges.

Students of Riverside Stem Academy also participate in a variety of before and after school clubs and activities, such as Robotics, Science Olympiad, Designation Imagination, and MATHCOUNTS.