Palm Valley School

An Independent P-12 School

Palm Valley School

An Independent P-12 School

Palm Valley School

An Independent P-12 School

Palm Valley School

An Independent P-12 School

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Home of the Firebirds

Since 1952, Palm Valley School (PVS) has stood alone as the Coachella Valley’s only non-religious, college-prep, independent school. With our commitment to developing leaders, Palm Valley School provides an Infant-12th grade nurturing environment in which highly motivated students flourish and find success in the classroom, at colleges and universities throughout the nation, and beyond.


Offering an average school-wide student to faculty ratio of twelve to one, our small class sizes offer personal attention and a college preparatory curriculum designed to meet the individual strengths and needs of each student. Find out if PVS is right for you!


With the most rigorous, college-preparatory academic program in the Coachella Valley, the Palm Valley Private School is home to motivated students and talented faculty members. PVS aims to meet every student where they are and ensure that they are adequately challenged and engaged.

Campus Life

From specialized class offerings to a generous slate of extra-curricular activities led by caring and skilled professionals, the Palm Valley Private School community is like no other. It is our hope that the warmth and nurturing that makes our Firebird Family so special will invite you to visit our campus.

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about us

Palm Valley Private School occupies 34 acres in Rancho Mirage with stunning mountain views. The campus features separate campuses and buildings for each of our four divisions – Preschool (ages 6wks to 4), Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12), along with a full-size gymnasium, several separate recesses and athletic fields, a black box theater and smart lab.

You will often find our Head of School, Dr. Sherman, waving to you at the entrance of the campus or shooting hoops in the gym with the students – it’s important to him that you feel welcomed at PVS.

An in-person tour with our Director of Admissions is simply the best way to embrace our beautiful 34-acre campus, but here’s a teaser to prepare you for your visit!

Palm Valley School has a strong tradition of educational excellence, but don’t take our word for it! Hear from Firebird Families about their experience and maybe you’ll find commonalities in their stories.

Student spotlight: sara Habibipour

Growing up in a multicultural household, I’ve always had a fascination with learning how other people’s ways of living differ from my own. I’d love to travel the world and experience new cultures. I’ve always had a dream to build hospitals and deliver medical care to developing countries while learning about different cultures and that’s something I strive to pursue in the future.”

Sara Habibipour, Class of 2022

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Keltzey Pierre

After our first month at the school, it was evident that Palm Valley would quickly become our forever home.  The teachers and staff are extensions of my children’s ‘village’. Finding a school that values the joy of learning, has been a game changer. The education here is so thoughtful, and focuses on providing each child with encouragement, appropriate support, coupled within a safe environment. My children wake up everyday excited to go to school, and as a parent I’m so thankful. The only regret I have is not applying sooner!

Kristin Kaminsky

As a past educator, my own children’s education is an absolute top priority. I visited many schools in the Coachella Valley before making a decision. We chose Palm Valley for the safe environment and quality education. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that Palm Valley would offer our family so much more.

Lester Kiss and Nick Collier

We considered relocating to Palm Springs from Los Angeles in early 2021 in the middle of COVID. Our final decision rested on finding a great independent school for our boys, ages 5 and 9. We fell in love with the Palm Valley School at first sight. The admissions process was very relaxed, giving us plenty of opportunities to tour the large campus, meet the teachers and obtain lots of information. The teachers at Palm Valley are truly dedicated to what they do, and we felt that right away. The Administration from the top down is also friendly, responsive and experienced. The boys had no trouble transitioning or making friends and love running around the large grounds at the school during recess. We could not imagine ourselves at any other school in the Valley.

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Preschool Update

Preschool Update

May 8, 2022   Dear Preschool Families, Happy Mother’s Day! I hope all our PVS Moms are being pampered and get a well-deserved break today! I...

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At the core of Palm Valley School is a belief in the fundamental importance of authentic learning and the need to help students use their knowledge to serve and contribute to the community and the world.

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Contributions of any kind to PVS are valued and celebrated. We appreciate when parents, family members or trusted friends volunteer in the classroom, serve as Trustees, or on Board Committees, as part of the Parent Association, and or offer their expertise on the athletic fields and in the arts.

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