School Details

George Washington Charter School

45-768 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-4350
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-5 768 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

73%
54%
56%
77%
62%
65%

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
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
45%
46%
79%
69%
66%

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
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
69%
65%
99%
75%
72%

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
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
63%
60%
82%
70%
65%
79%
62%
57%

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
  • Desert Sands Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

George Washington Charter School is a charter elementary school in Palm Desert. The principal of George Washington Charter School is Allan Lehmann and can be contacted at allan.lehmann@dsusd.us. 768 children attend George Washington Charter School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 17% of the George Washington Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 32% of the 768 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at George Washington Charter School is 20:1. Montessori School of the Desert is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 26%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 5% 2%
Hispanic 33% 66%
Unspecified 10% 3%
Filipino 0.8% 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 55%
Limited English proficiency 17% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Why do these problems get so bad that the parents feel that they have no options? I think that the troubled teachers undermine good ones. For example the teacher who talks about "problem parents" on Twitter should focus her efforts on respectful communication and helping people assimilate. That could go a long way in creating a positive environment for ALL families.

  • (4 months ago)

    It's an overrated school. It is not what others led you believe. It's maybe a tag better than Lincoln Elementary School. I beg you do more research before you make a decision to send your child there. There are teachers that should never became a teacher. They seem to hate their career life. You can hardly get a smile out out them. They seem so miserable most of the time. . And trust me that would effect your kid big time. They don't know how to communicate via their messages. Most of the time they are so conflicted within their messages. Another word they don't know what they want. Additionally we do most of the teaching at home. They don't teach anything in class. That's why our kids are now doing homeschool. It's not the best solution but it's certainly far better than Washington Charter. If you have the money to send your kids to private school then stay away from WCS. I wish Mr. Lehman had an open mind to except the fact that at WCS there are some teachers either have more training how to deal with kids or they should not be there at all.

  • (8 months ago)

    As parents you try to do you due diligence and make sure your child gets the best education.We were so excited to have won the lottery and to be able to give our child what we hoped to be a prideful school with great teachers and staff. Going to a new school not knowing the teachers history You really do not know what you were in for. This teacher has be the worse so far in my child's education. I could not believe the foul language used in meetings name calling of students and complete unprofessionalism. I am dissapoonted that this childish unprofessional selfish teacher would have the discretion to decide my child faith at this school or classroom. The teacher does not know the fundamentals of communication not only did she have the control to kick my daughter out of her class because she doesn't want to be "monitor" by parents. I am sorry but you do spend more hours in the day with my child and I want to know what's going on and to see the higher up's support her behavior is very disappointing. This is what you call "Bullying" at the fullest. My child is an A+ student well behaved and all past teachers were grateful for my child and parents like us that care.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wow! This school is amazing! I am very proud and honored to have my daughter attending here and I have had nothing but positive experiences with the teachers counselor and principal. Even when I got in trouble and had to have a meeting with my daughter husband and principal for her frequent lateness one year I felt very proud of how it was handled by Mr. Lehmann. We were being held accountable respectfully yet seriously and had to sign a contract to improve the matter and we did ). As for the office staff they can be curt and cold but it isn't always that way. It can be unnerving but I brush it off as they are good at their jobs and are good to my daughter. The teachers and staff are hard working caring and all share the same goal and thats to give your child a great education and learning experience and I believe that every year that is achieved for the vast majority of their students. I am not close with any of the parents at the school but the ones who volunteer are always nice and welcoming and I have yet to experience the cliques that were mentioned in comments below and I hope I never do. As for the fundraising I think its great and very beneficial.

  • (1 year ago)

    WCS is an amazing school. I have a child with mild special needs and the teachers and the school counselor are willing to work with myself and our OT. My other child is not a quick learner and her teachers have been amazing working with us to keep her moving at the same pass of the class and does not make her feel bad or awkward.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's pretty simple if your child can fit within the WCS mold and you can stomach the social jockeying and labeling this school is great. However if your child is struggling or has innate differences it can be a very cruel place. Try to avoid the front office and the gossip moms who are parked there much of the day (literally).

  • (1 year ago)

    Is your child different? Quirky? Creative? Special needs? This is NOT the place for them. You will quickly learn that children (& parents) outside of the "norm" are less than welcome. Two teachers and the school counselor suggested retention and actually used the word "lazy" in describing my child said they wanted to help but offered zero solutions. Very quick to blame child and parents. Three way conversation via speaker phone with my child and the principal. Principal accused my child of lying "I find it impossible to believe that you're reading so much yet have taken no AR tests. How is that possible?" Made no difference that my child was reading a large book at that time. Gossip/passive-aggressive/cliquey behavior from parents/staff who are old enough to know better. Many students are quick to exclude different kids from non-class activities. My child went from smiling and open to being withdrawn and sad. Heartbreaking that a school will not (cannot?) properly address children outside of the norm and have little problem crushing a child's spirit for API scores. Improvements? Study and implement Finland's school structure for true quality in education & learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    Gossip is a problem at this school. I've witnessed it in the front office with staff self-important parents and teachers alike. Sadly the subjects have no recourse and tend to be labeled as troublemakers. As long as you can avoid the "line of fire" you can have a positive experience at this school. I've found that the teachers who are not the most "popular" ones tend have better critical thinking skills and are more effective educators. The fundraising does provide extra programs and activities.

  • (1 year ago)

    We enjoy the school and the staff. The ladies in the front office are always polite to us. We never worry about the fundraising and it's never been an issue we have noticed over the last six years. Best school by far and staff is always nice.

  • (1 year ago)

    The truth is that all it matters is if you donate money at all times ( by the way it doesn't matter if you put many hours at the school helping in the classroom as a parent volunteer ) and also if you become good friends with the teachers. Some of the teachers are fair but others are not. Too bad Mr. Lehman who is an excellent principal is unawared of this issue. This will help your child get the top awards. If your child gets better scores on their Star testing and their academics well too bad!!! What counts is how much money you give and who you are friends with. So sad for the children that actually deserved high academic excellence. After all their scores help the school rankings. They make the school look good!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    soo soo true about the office staff. They ruin an otherwise nice school. Agreed ..they are both so passive aggressive and very unpleasant. Everyone I speak with has had awful experiences with both front staff members makes for an unfortunate supposed "welcoming and helping" initial school presence. Maybe everyone complaining on here is not the way to change the problem. I suppose nothing can be done since obviously the higher ups are aware of this too. Maybe nobody except school parents who have to deal with this all the time care about it! The teachers are very helpful and do a great job and there is a lot to offer the children. Class size was supposed to go down but didn't really see that happen.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are proud of the school and understand why fundraising is important. It's worth it for the kids. The school has always been transparent about how they raise money for the programs. Parents know this before the enroll and I hope it continues to be successful. We appreciate the staff and volunteers dedication - a big thank you. Truly a wonderful school.

  • (1 year ago)

    So much for being honest and posting your exp. as stated by the person who wrote the last two posts. Think about taking your child elsewhere. Se this is what you get if you voice your honest opinion. Unfortunately at WCS some parents are very clickish and think they themselves are attending WCS. The front office staff is very negative and passive aggressive. I avoid it. As for the school. Keep quiet about the fake bake immaturity. Go along donate money every other day and let them double dip on transportation.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have sent my two boys to this school and even though it has made many changes throughout our time there one thing remains constant they will do whatever is best of the student. Teachers and staff are very dedicated and proud. It has been one incredible and terrific experience for my kids and our family.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is very "tight" criticism is not going to be well received. However there are legitimate problems in the front office. It's especially annoying when the person being rude is the same voice on automated phone calls reminding parents of fundraising events. Instead of making excuses for the behavior it would only benefit the school to address the issue.

  • (2 years ago)

    Amazing!!!! This school is hands down the best school that this valley has to offer. The staff is so supportive and truly care about your child's education. They do so much to help your child. They offer so many extra activities that gives your child a head start above the rest. Thank you to WCS for giving my children the best education and experience. Thank you for allowing me to be such a huge part of my child's growth at school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This a great school just getting better (I'm going to ignore those below whose primary experience of their child's school is how much time the office staff has to chat with the parent other than to say they've added a third {wonderful} office staff so the other two are no not so overworked.) Not only does this school excel in academics such as sending teams to the STATE science fair and the WORLD Odyssey of the Mind Championship but they are REDUCING class sizes so everyone gets a better education and they have placed multiple laptops in every classroom. I'm so proud my children go here.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have to comment on reading the recent posts. School is what you as a parent put into it. If you have a problem with the office staff look at how you are communicating to them? Are you kind and pleasant or are you irritated when you enter the office? They are doing an excellent job at dealing with parents and I cannot believe people would single out the ladies like this. I am surprised that this website actually posted your mean comments. I have seen the behavior talked about but it usually happens when the phones are ringing and chaos is going on in the office. Get over it they are human. Give the front staff a break. Also you want your child to have the best education from a public school then fund raisers are necessary. Complain to the powers in Sacramento not Washington Charter. So the next time you have to interact with the front office try to be more understanding of the fact you are one parent out of hundreds that they see everyday. My son has been a student here for 5 yrs now and we have had ups and downs and the support of the staff has been great!!! So instead of being a complainer take a moment and think about a more positive solution.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with the complaint below. My my husband's & fellow parents/friends have experienced very negative experiences from the front office specifically w/Ellie and Mr. Lehman. We parents have expressed among ourselves how we were certainly "wooed" by this same staff when applying for this great school (& I do believe it is a great school) but the moment we were accepted we felt completed abandoned as NEW parents. Front office is impatient & extremely condescending to any parent w/questions--particularly when taking OUR time to come in & verify vague &/or contradicting notices sent home en mass. I understand & appreciate bad days but the front office interaction is too consistently negative to simply having a bad day. They do send home a lot of fund raising money request...even using "no weekly homework" for your child if he/she can donate etc. My husband & I are fairly active volunteers in class/campus as well as parent club events. My ONLY complaint lies with the front office staff & their rude behaviour. They have "No Bullying" motto & "Ridicule Free Zone" signs yet they treat parents to the point of feeling bullied. Teaching staff however is EXCELLENT--no complaints!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am going to tell you the honest truth about this school. The front office staff is completely rude. Fran has no people skills at all in fact I have witnessed her raise her voice to seniors that are visiting their grandchildren for an event. Ellie has ran out of her office to yell at a helpless single disable mother that was parking near the teacher spaces. She ran out of her office! Not in her job description and is a bully. The school asks for money two three times a week you get recorded phone calls with Fran's voice reminding you of money or money donated events. The school's kindergarden gives homework for reading even though they have not learned any reading skills. Very money driven school that has women participating in the dail fashion show which is actually the time to pick up their children.

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