A Short History on Palm Valley Private School (1952-2005)
In 1952, The Palm Valley School opened its doors for the first time to students from across the Coachella Valley. Founders, Mr. and Mrs. J. Blake Field, purchased property four miles outside the city of Palm Springs, seeking to create a learning environment that would emphasize a high quality of education in combination with a focus on developing character. Success in these matters would depend, in their opinion, on four basic tenets: small classes, dedicated teachers, willing students, and committed parents.
In 1992, The Palm Valley School moved to 34 acres of beautiful property situated in the heart of Rancho Mirage and in the center of the valley with easy access for families residing in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and La Quinta. The academic program was college-preparatory, non-denominational and co-educational, with 100% of all graduates qualifying for four-year colleges. With students from age 3 to 18 on campus (Pre-K to Grade 12), the school offered a unique “family” feel, warm and safe.
With the move to Rancho Mirage, modern, well-equipped facilities housed classes of 20 or fewer students. Although the central purpose of the school was to offer a strong academic program, the days were rich with athletic and artistic experiences and opportunities. Students competed in interscholastic sports and arts festivals, and after school, extracurricular opportunities provided many avenues for personal growth. In 1997, a preschool program was added to the campus, and in 2001 a new gym and stage complex were built.