Desert Sands Unified School District New Student Registration Now Open

DSUSD is currently enrolling students for preschool, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, the dual immersion program, and students new to our schools for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents are asked to call the school their child will be attending for information on how to complete the registration process including picking up a new student registration packet or completing the registration process online.

The online registration for new students is available only to students attending their home school.  Students attending school on an approved transfer must complete a paper registration packet.  See below for information on how to contact your child’s school.  Additional registration information, including a link for online registration, can also be found on the DSUSD website at under “News and Announcements.”

New this year, a parent or guardian who resides outside of DSUSD boundaries but is physically employed within DSUSD boundaries for a minimum of 10 hours per week can apply for Allen Bill Residency to enroll their student in a DSUSD school.  To learn more about this option, please contact DSUSD Child Welfare and Attendance at 760-771-8612 or visit the district website.

Preschool students must be 3-4 years old. Family income must meet federal and/or state guidelines. The Head Start program, by federal law, reserves 10% of all slots for children with disabilities. For more information on preschool registration, please contact the Early Childhood Education department at (760) 771-8775.

Preschool students who have been referred by Inland Regional Center or who have had their child assessed and found to be eligible for special education services receive special education supports and services at Adams Early Childhood Learning Center. This campus houses programs especially designed for students with disabilities including autism, language delays, and deaf/hard of hearing. Children receiving services through the Regional Center are automatically referred to the Early Childhood Assessment Team prior to their 3rd birthday. Parents who suspect their child may have a disability may request an assessment to determine their child’s eligibility for special education services.

Transitional kindergarten (TK) registration is open for children who will have their 5th birthday between September 2 and December 2 of that school year. Both TK and kindergarten are full day programs.

Kindergarten registration is available for children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021. (Note that DSUSD offers a dual immersion program of English/Spanish at two elementary schools, Ronald Reagan in Palm Desert and Andrew Jackson in Indio. Information on registering for this program is available at the school sites.)

Parents of students new to the district in grades 1-12 should also reach out directly to the school.

The following documents are required for a complete registration:

  1. Proof of residency
  2. Proof of birthdate
  3. Physicals and dental examinations are required for some grade levels
  4. Immunization record
  5. Proof of guardianship if student does not live with parents
  6. Transcripts (for high school registration only)
  7. Withdrawal grades (if applicable)
  8. Approved transfer (if student lives outside the school boundaries)

*Note that a list of acceptable documents can be found under News & Announcements by clicking here.

Desert Sands Unified School District serves communities in the central Coachella Valley including Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, and parts of Coachella and Rancho Mirage. Over 27,000 students in 34 schools are provided with challenging educational choices. DSUSD offers the highest level of opportunity for excellence in the preparation for entry to college as well as a number of career technical education programs (CTE). Academically rigorous programs such as AP (advanced placement), IB (International Baccalaureate Program), and AVID (advancement via individual determination) are offered in both secondary and elementary grades. DSUSD operates on a nondiscriminatory basis and give equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or ancestry. Information on the district is available at

Information on registration is available from each school. Please contact individual schools for additional information. Links to school websites as well as a map tool called “My School Location” can be found here.

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