Desert Center Unified School District

The Desert Center Unified School District encompasses 1,722 square miles, with a large portion of it presently uninhabited desert land. Practically all of the population is centered in the small communities of Desert Center located 49 miles east of Indio on U.S. Interstate 10, Eagle Mountain, located 12 miles north of Desert Center; and Lake Tamarisk, 2 miles north of Desert Center.

Eagle Mountain High School opened its doors for the first time in September, 1962 as part of the Coachella Valley Unified School District but finally merged with the Desert Center Elementary School District in 1965 to become the Desert Center Unified School District. Due to the closure of Kaiser Mine in the fall of 1983 the Eagle Mountain High School became the Eagle Mountain School which houses kindergarten to eighth grade students.



The Desert Center Unified School District is committed to high quality education that ensures all students will become productive members of an increasingly diverse and technological society.  We will encourage and nurture home, school and community cooperation.  We will provide a safe, clean, positive environment.  We will use a variety of strategies to promote student learning, self-esteem, career awareness, and citizenship.