Cathedral City High School

69250 Dinah Shore Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 770-0100
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2702 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Palm Springs Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cathedral City High School is a public high school in Palm Desert. The principal of Cathedral City High School is Guillermo Chavez and can be contacted at gchavez@psusd.us. 2,702 students go to Cathedral City High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 18% of the Cathedral City High School students have "limited English proficiency." 79% of the 2,702 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cathedral City High School is 23:1. Calvary Christian School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 83% 71%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Filipino 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 18%
Asian 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Multiracial 0.2% %
Unspecified 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79% 73%
Limited English proficiency 18% 30%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    as the graduating class of 2014 was departing for disneyland gradnight I waved as a gesture of have fun and was given the finger in return what a shame that these children represent thier school in this manner

  • (2 years ago)

    I think a dress code should be maintained. I have dropped my nephew off at school and am shocked how many daisy duke mini skirt wearing bust-revealing young ladies I see on campus. Shame on school officials for not maintaining dress code protocols or standards.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my son's first year at CCHS. The school may be small and overcrowded but I really like all of my son's teachers. He's in the AVID program and has all Honors classes. In order to help our school we need parents to be involved. I really like this school. . Hopefully with the new opening of RMHS will have less students.

  • (4 years ago)

    THIS SCHOOL IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I WOULD'NT GO ANYWHERE ELSE. i love the people classes campus everything.

  • (4 years ago)

    Worst school ever.This place is the only school I've been to that allows the kids to talk filthy to other students all the time even in the classroom.The teachers hear and hardly ever say anything and apparently being stalked by someone here is ok too.The education system is the worst ever I can learn more from a monkey in a day than I can learn in a whole year.So glad I'm leaving at the end of first semester this is one place I'd recommend you never ever send your kids.CCHS is overcrowed and filthy and the students aren't very bright most of them will end up being no-bodys.

  • (4 years ago)

    VERY good school! The only thing i would change is the football team and its crowded! better than PSHS especially in soccer!

  • (5 years ago)

    CCHS has improved a great deal. Most teachers care about the students. I am happy with this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Its a great school it needs a lot of improvement but i believe Mr.Chavez is getting this all straighten up

  • (5 years ago)

    Well i am a freshman in high school right now.... We are taking out CST's right now. Well My year at CCHS Was ok but i kinda was never there. They don't have transpertation I either have to wake up like at 5 to take the bus at 6 15 Or i have to beg or pay people to take me to school. It's hard coming from a poor family amd everyone goes to work early so yeah... I am going to get home schooled because of that. I guess it's better then school since everyone is so judgmental and this way i can be myself. This way i have a chance of graduating

  • (5 years ago)

    Cathedral City High School emcompasses a diverse and highly spirited student body. Many of the students come to the high school each morning with a positive and warming attitude excited to learn from some amazing teachers. Furthermore the teachers take pride in getting to know their students on a personal basis. Nevertheless the students maintain high expectations of the students and push for students to put forth their best efforts in all aspects. Finally the environment at Cathedral City High School acts as enriching soil providing the opportunities for students to fail learn and eventually succeed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. I am currently a freshman and I'm enjoying every little experience I have here. I especially enjoy the ROTC program. The students learning environment is so welcoming and help you . They do so much community service and make students more disciplined and attentive. I would like to congratulate the new sergeant and hope he does really well. I would also like to congratulate the cornel he has done such an awesome job and i enjoy his teaching methods on aircrafts and what not.

  • (6 years ago)

    The Visual and Performing Arts Dept. offers great opportunities for the students at CCHS. Mr. White is a fantastic vocal music teacher! Mr. Whitmore does a superb job with the marching band and the instrumental music classes. All teachers work hard in their overcrowded classrooms.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wonderful new principal great school spirit and helpful teachers!

  • (6 years ago)

    I do approve this school by 2 stars.First star for career opportunities and 2nd star for extracurricular activities. The teachers are very confusing while the learning process is okay but hard to cope up. I would have to say is that I am not that safe in this school and I would rather go to Palm Springs high School..but the address thing..So now I am stuck with this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    The graet majority of students parents and teachers rate this principal and school as innovative. The campus atmosphere and classroom activity all show that thsi is a place where all students can do very well.

  • (7 years ago)

    With how crowed the school is it is easy to get stuck in a class where the students have lost all interest in learning as have the teachers lost interest in teaching. Little work = lazy teachers = students not caring.

  • (7 years ago)

    Both of my children attend CCHS. The school may be crowded but the staff and security have a good handle on the problems. My children are involved in school activities and are excelling! My daughter will attend CSF next year and I credit the teachers and counseling staff for helping to make if possible.

  • (7 years ago)

    I transfered from Palm Springs High School to Cathedral City High School and in my own opinion Cathedral City High School has much better teachers stronger programs and more dedicated counclers. The security is strict and the principal is amazing. The school may be crowded but the teachers try there hardest to help there students. Our sport teams try their hardest and that is all we can ask from them.

  • (7 years ago)

    Its crowded teachers aren't able to give one on one attention. The students have a 'poor sport' reputation and they tend to live up to it. Many kids only do the bare minimum to get by.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think the teachers are dedicated to teaching the students but the classroom size is to large 40+. I attented back to school night and just about all the teachers asked the parents to talk to the district regarding classroom size. Talking to the district was like talking to the wall. No help. I do not like the overcrowding and inadequate help for students to learn. I would love to change schools but the districts make it impossible to transfer so for now my daughter is stuck in a very overcrowed below average learning facility. I am very displeased with the schools in Palm Springs district...

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