• Welcome to Cahuilla Elementary

    Cahuilla Elementary is a wonderful little elementary school with a family atmosphere. We currently serve approximately 415 students, which makes us one of the smallest elementary schools in our district. We serve a diverse community and strive to fully realize our district’s commitment to developing lifelong learners. Equity is a core value at Cahuilla, and we strive to ensure all students have what they need in order to be successful. We do this by working within a multi-tiered system of support that provides students with reinforcement in academic, behavior, and social-emotional learning. Our Cahuilla Bucks, Student Store, and Self-Manager programs are strong reinforcers for our students.  We also work to provide timely intervention to students who may need additional support in order to succeed. Cahuilla is nestled in a beautiful, safe neighborhood and has excellent facilities that boast a very unique architectural design. Cahuilla is simply a gem of a school! Learn more about our campus culture by visiting our PTO Social Media Page: https://cahuillaelementary.wixsite.com/cahpto


    Dr. Ryan E. Saunders, Principal & Ms. Kathy Surdin, Assistant Principal



                           Cahuilla Elementary School’s Vision and Mission Statement

    PSUSD & Cahuilla Vision:

    Lifelong learning starts here.

    PSUSD Mission:

    All members of PSUSD are united in our commitment to equity. We create deep, meaningful learning opportunities, build professionalism, and engage parents and the community, to ensure success for all students. All students graduate with the skills, capacities and confidence needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

    Cahuilla Mission- Personnel:

    The staff of Cahuilla elementary will utilize scheduled planning time to respectfully collaborate and discuss ideas to improve the teaching process; Planning time will be used to guide the implementation of curriculum which will directly impact student achievement; Teachers will analyze student data, share effective research-based teaching strategies, and conscientiously implement the agreed-upon action plan; staff will share common goals for student behavior and academic success.

    Cahuilla Mission- School Climate:

    In order to advance our shared vision of an exemplary school, we will work collaboratively and treat each other with respect; achieve a safe, clean, and positive learning environment; promote school unity and pride where staff and students want to be; and implement a conflict-management model and recognition for good behavior throughout all grade levels.

    Cahuilla Mission- Parents/Community:

    At Cahuilla elementary we will increase community and parental involvement. We will implement a volunteer program, provide donations, facilitate community relations, and generate school resources. Parents are valued as an integral part of our school community.

    School Profile

    Cahuilla Elementary School is located in Palm Springs, California. Cahuilla serves approximately 415 students in grades Transitional Kindergarten through Fifth. Our demographics are as follows: 70.3% of the students are Hispanic, 10.5% are White, 9.6% are African American, and 1.9% are Filipino/Asian, and .9% represent American Indian/Alaskan Natives. Approximately 96.3% are socially-economically Disadvantaged, 27.2% are English Learners, 8.4% are Students with Disabilities, <1% are Foster Youth, and 1.6% qualify as Homeless Youth. 

    We are proud to be a 1:1 Chromebook school. All students in Transitional Kindergarten-5th grade are provided with a computer for use during instruction.  We believe our students, as twenty-first century learners, need technology to be competitive not only in their academic careers but for college and career aspirations. We are excited to offer this program to our students and are very proud of our students for excelling in technology. 

    Our school evaluates the effectiveness of our SPSA after SBAC scores are released, and our SSC, Staff, and Leadership Team had the opportunity to review all student achievement data. Monitoring comments will be added to our SPSA throughout the year. Revisions to our SPSA, and subsequent Board approval, occurs if there are substantial budget and /or material changes during the school year. For 2022/2023, our site utilizes Local Assessments to monitor student progress and adjust the instructional programming delivered to students. 

    The SPSA is updated annually by the Cahuilla School Site Council. Our school works with the district to be in alignment with the LEA plan for Palm Springs Unified School District. To provide a cohesive effort in site, district, state, and federal goals, we work in conjunction with the district on the following: benchmark exams, pacing guides aligned to state standards, development of our school plan, and development of the school budget.