PROFICIENCY 60% 56% higher than state average
School Rankings Proficiency Averages
35%Desert Sands Unified
60%Palm Desert

James Earl Carter Elementary is a school servicing grades KG to 5 and is located in the district of "Desert Sands Unified" in Palm Desert, CA. There are a total of 675 students and 28 teachers at James Earl Carter Elementary, for a student to teacher ratio of 25 to 1. There are a total of 287 free lunch students and 62 reduced lunch students.

James Earl Carter Elementary has an average proficiency test score (in mathematics and languages) of 59.5%, which is 56% higher than the California average.


Student/Teacher ratio25:1
Free lunch287
Reduced lunch62


Advanced Placement
AP enrollmentn/a
Taking some coursesn/a
Taking some courses (not tests)n/a
Passing some coursesn/a
Passing no coursesn/a

Advanced placement (AP) is a program that offers high school students the ability to take college level courses and exams. These programs were created to be at the same level of most first year university courses. If the students were successful in the AP programs, they could potentially receive advanced placement, credit or exemptions when they go on to university. At James Earl Carter Elementary, there are a total of n/a students enrolled in advanced placement courses, with n/a taking some courses.

Proficiency in mathematics comparison

Proficiency in languages comparison

Proficiency in mathematics by grade

High Schooln/a

Proficiency in languages by grade

High Schooln/a

The proficiency in math and languages tables represent the percentage of students that scored at or above the proficiency level on their standardized state assessment tests. Although these tests are standardized within each state, the tests may vary from state to state. Comparing the results of one state to another may not always be an accurate or fair comparison.

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James Earl Carter Elementary race/ethnicity breakdown

Caucasian 40.9% 21.0% 24.1% 51.1%
African American 1.5% 1.8% 6.2% 15.9%
Asian 8.9% 2.6% 11.1% 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 43.5% 71.8% 54.1% 23.6%
American Indian and Alaskan 0.0% 0.4% 0.7% 1.2%
Hawaiian 0.3% 0.1% 0.8% 0.4%
Multiracial 5.0% 2.4% 3.1% 3.1%

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Palm Desert demographics profile

StatisticPalm DesertCaliforniaNational
Population density (sq mi)36323291
Median age68.536.037.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)80%52%55%
Speak English88%56%79%
Speak Spanish2%29%13%

Education level achieved in Palm Desert

IndexPalm DesertCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade94.2%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school94.0%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college82.0%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree59.9%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors55.9%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters25.1%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree10.9%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate2.6%1.6%1.3%
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Source: The James Earl Carter Elementary data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.
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