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Cathedral City Recognized as a ‘Most Livable City’ in America

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Welcome to one of America’s ‘Most Livable Cities’!

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The United States Conference of Mayors recently awarded Cathedral City as one of the “Most Livable” cities in America. This prestigious award was given based on the City’s low crime rate, housing affordability, and a wide range of family activities.

The data proves it…

Crime Statistics:
Based on the latest F.B.I.’s Uniform Crime Rate reports, city-data.com’s records show that only Indian Wells has lower crime rates than Cathedral City in the entire Coachella Valley

  1. Indian Wells, CA   191.5
  2. Cathedral City, CA   201.4
  3. Rancho Mirage, CA   209.9
  4. Palm Desert, CA   257.5
  5. La Quinta, CA   358.7
  6. Palm Springs, CA   367.0
  7. Indio, CA   425.1
  8. Coachella, CA   546.2
  9. Desert Hot Springs   802.5

U.S. Average                                     320.2

(The figure shows the number of crimes reported per 100,000 people.)

Housing Prices:
According to Trulia.com, the median home price in Cathedral City is $220,000. The average price per square foot is $140, which is 15.7% greater than this time last year. Most impressive, 3-bedroom properties are up nearly 24% from one year ago and sale prices have increased 44.7% compared to 5 years ago.

Affordability Listing

City Price per Sq. Ft. YtoY % Change
Cathedral City $140 +15.7
Palm Desert $177 + 7.3
Rancho Mirage $196 – 1.0
La Quinta $203 + 3.0
Palm Springs $223 + 26.7
Indian Wells $259 + 4.4

Family Activities:

balloon glo - smGreat family fun activities are abundant throughout Cathedral City. Boomers! Family Entertainment Center offers miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats, climbing wall and a video-game arcade. Eight community parks offer a wide variety of recreational activities such as play-ground play, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball and sand volleyball. Families can also picnic and barbeque in many of our parks.

Families enjoy unique community happenings such as “Candy Cane Lane”, the annual display of holiday lights mounted by residents of Minerva Road. Meanwhile, the inviting space outside the City’s Civic Center and Mary Pickford Theater, so reminiscent of a quintessential town square, plays host to a growing list of festivals that includes the vividly beautiful Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival, Shorty’s Rib Fest, Cathedral City LGBT Days, Passport to Health: Health Fair & 5K Glo Run, the Interfusion Music Summit and numerous art shows produced by West Coasts Artists.  Nearby, children and adults enjoy the “Fountain of Life” interactive water sculpture during these hot days of summer. Finally, individuals of all ages love the Big League Dreams Sports Park and Desert Ice Castle sports venues!

Majestic views, great weather, and friendly communities!

Cathedral City High School

Great Public Schools Makes Cathedral City an Ideal Place to Raise a Family

IB program comes to Cathedral City

Dave Nyczepir, The Desert,  January 25, 2015

An International Baccalaureate program is finally coming to the western Coachella Valley, launching in August at Cathedral City High School.

The globalized curriculum — which aims to increase cultural awareness by teaching a second language, among other subjects — has been a mainstay at La Quinta High since 2000.

After a three-year process, the Palm Springs Unified School District this month saw Cathedral City High accredited in the IB Diploma Programme, started in 1968 in Geneva for ages 16 to 19.

“It opens up the door to a truly rigorous, world-oriented education — the depth of study of which isn’t common — and that’s why colleges really look at it,” said Ed Perry, the school’s IB coordinator. “We’re obviously excited and anxious to get started on it because it’s a real opportunity within PSUSD that didn’t exist before now.”

With Rancho Mirage High School opening in 2013, Cathedral City High’s principal of more than 10 years, Guillermo Chavez, asked Perry and other staff members how they could keep their school fresh.

The IB’s exclusivity proved too tempting: 4,972 programs across 3,968 schools worldwide, including 830 U.S. high schools.

“We constantly have to look at how to improve our campus, and we all have different types academies,” Chavez said. “I don’t have space for a third academy, but IB will benefit not only kids in an academy but those not in one.”

Cathedral City High already boasts a Digital Arts Technology Academy, and Health and Environmental Academy of Learning and a Mesa Robotics program.

Extra faculty won’t be needed when the IB program starts because many of the school’s Advanced Placement courses have been converted to IB courses. AP classes will still be available to students within Cathedral City High’s new “blended” model.

Regularly budgeted staff development funds were refocused on two years of IB training for teachers, Chavez said, so the school hasn’t needed extra money from the school district.

The program also got a boost from community donations and checks from retired teachers as far away as Canada who have heard about the school’s transition, Chavez said.

Some colleges provide a full year of credit to incoming freshman who have completed the IB Diploma Programme, Perry said.

Any student in the district can apply to come to Cathedral City High and specify that it is for the IB program, which is completed during their junior and senior years.

Staff assists sophomores with their decision to enter the “self-selecting program,” he added.

“We make sure, through counseling, they know what they’re getting in to,” Perry said. “We’re not going to turn them away, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s like any advanced class.”

For example, most high school music classes teach kids to perform in jazz band or orchestra. But Perry said a student who enrolls in the IB music course will study composers and compositions from across the world.

While Perry finds it interesting “it’s taken the time that it has for the west valley to jump on this,” he notes that it was an extensive process.

A committee of teachers, students, parents, and community members visited six IB high schools in Southern California, Mexicali and Reno before overwhelmingly voting to move forward.

From there, there were three levels of applications, teacher trainings and two visits from the IB organization, the last of which was in October. The school was told it wouldn’t learn it was accredited until March, but was got authorized early.

Aside from La Quinta High, the Desert Sands Unified School District has IB programs at John Glenn Middle School and Amelia Earhart and Benjamin Franklin elementary schools.

PSUSD is looking at adding the IB’s Middle Years Programme for ages 11 to 16 down the road, said Chavez, who has been using La Quinta High’s IB Coordinator Diana Cinatl as a resource.

“It gives kids an international perspective, and we work in an increasingly global environment,” Chavez said.

“It’s more than just another feather in our cap. It means we’re ready to take on the next challenge.”

 

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