Des Moines Public Schools
|Des Moines Public Schools|
Think. Learn. Grow.
|Type and location|
|Established||May 21, 1907|
|Location||Des Moines, Iowa|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges
The Iowa Department of Education
|Budget||$450 Million |
|Students and staff|
|Athletic Conference||Central Iowa Metro League|
The Des Moines Public Schools (The Des Moines Independent Community School District, or DMPS) is the largest public school district in Iowa. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges and the Iowa Department of Education.
- 1 Area
- 2 History
- 3 List of schools
- 4 Administration
- 5 Media
- 6 Facts and Figures
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
For over 100 years, Des Moines Public Schools has been educating the students of Iowa’s capital city. Today, it is the largest provider of public education in Iowa, with more than 32,000 students and nearly 5,000 teachers and staff at work in more than 60 schools throughout the community.
Des Moines is a vibrant, innovative, and diverse city. In fact, Parenting (magazine) ranked Des Moines #5 on the list of the best cities in the nation to raise a family, in large part due to great schools and learning opportunities.
Those traits are reflected throughout the school district in the breadth of the programs offered and the constituency that is served. The students, parents, teachers, and staff come from many different backgrounds, all of which contribute to the richness of a DMPS education. The wide range of opportunities in Des Moines meets the academic interests, abilities, and goals of every student in the district.
List of schools
High ("Secondary") schools
- East High School - Serving students located in the east segment.
- Hoover High School - Serving students located in the northwest segment.
- Lincoln High School - Serving students located in the south segment.
- North High School - Serving students located in the north segment.
- Roosevelt High School - Serving students located in the west segment.
Special schools & programs
- Scavo Campus — An alternative high school program, named after Vincent C. Scavo.
- Ruby Van Meter School
- Central Academy - A public magnet school located in downtown Des Moines nationally-recognized for its academic achievements.
Middle ("Intermediate") schools
- Brody Middle School
- Callanan Middle School
- Cowles Montessori School
- Gateway Secondary School
- Goodrell Middle School
- Harding Middle School
- Hiatt Middle School
- Hoyt Middle School
- McCombs Middle School
- Meredith Middle School
- Merrill Middle School
- Moulton Extended Learning Center
- Weeks Middle School
Elementary ("Primary") schools
- Brubaker Elementary School
- Capitol View Elementary School
- Carver Community School (est. 2007)
- Cattell Elementary School
- Cowles Montessori Elementary School
- Downtown School
- Edmunds Elementary School
- Findley Elementary school
- Garton Elementary School
- Greenwood Elementary School
- Hanawalt Elementary School
- Hillis Elementary School
- Howe Elementary School
- Hubbell Elementary School
- Jackson Elementary School
- Jefferson Elementary Traditional School
- King Elementary School
- Lovejoy Elementary School
- Madison Elementary School
- McKinley Elementary School
- Monroe Elementary School
- Morris Elementary School
- Moulton Extended Learning Center
- Oak Park Elementary School
- Park Avenue Elementary School
- Perkins Elementary School
- Phillips Elementary School
- Pleasant Hill Elementary School
- River Woods Elementary School
- Samuelson Elementary School
- Smouse Elementary School
- South Union Elementary School
- Stowe Elementary School
- Studebaker Elementary School
- Walnut Street School
- Willard Elementary School
- Windsor Elementary School
- Wright Elementary School
School board elections are held every year to fill in vacant seats on the school board. The school board meets regularly at 6:00 PM Central Time on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. These meetings are held at Central Campus downtown, located at 1800 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. In addition, the School Board holds special meetings and work sessions throughout the year as needed.
|#||Superintendent||Start of term||End of term|
|12||Dr. Nancy Sebring||July 1, 2006||May 10, 2012|
|11||Dr. Eric A. Witherspoon||1998||July 1, 2006|
|10||Dr. Gary Wegenke||1988||1998|
|8||Dr. Dwight M. Davis||1964||1980|
|7||Dr. John H. Harris||1957||1964|
|6||Cress O. Hoyt||1956||1957|
|5||Newell D. McCombs||1941||1956|
|4||A. W. Merrill||1937||1941|
|3||John W. Studebaker||1920||1937|
|2||Z. C. Thornberg||1913||1920|
|1||W. O. Riddell||1907||1913|
- Channel 12 is the school district's Educational-access television cable TV channel, which is provided through Mediacom Cable Television as part of a franchise agreement with the City of Des Moines. The district televises their school board meetings through this network. Additionally, the school district operates its own social media outlets.
Facts and Figures
|Year||District-wide||High schools||Middle schools||Elementary schools||Other programs & adjustments|
- Note: The table rows shown in red represents data that was cited directly from the Des Moines Public Schools enrollment reports. Some of this data conflicts with data from the Iowa Department of Education annual reports. This is because the underlying data is complex, and the table above is a summary of the data collected from the two sources.
High school graduation requirements are determined on a district-wide scope by the School Board. The district has been pressured to make graduation requirements more challenging, as students must be adequately prepared for higher education or competitive enough to work in today's business world.
Credits are units of measure in determining an individual student's progress through High School. For each course semester in which a student completes (with a grade of D- or better), they are awarded one-half credit unit, with the exception of Physical Education (one semester of P.E. is equal to an eighth of a credit).
The table below shows the graduation requirements for each of the graduating classes by year:
|Graduating Year||Total Req.||Social Studies||English||Mathematics||Science||Fine/Applied Arts||Physical Education|
- Des Moines Public Schools (2006). Enrollment Report as of October 2, 2006.
- Des Moines Public Schools (2005). Enrollment Report as of September 16, 2005.
- Des Moines Public Schools (2004). Enrollment Report as of September 17, 2004.
- Iowa Department of Education (2001). Certified Annual Reports for FY01-02 (Spreadsheet).
- Iowa Department of Education (2000). Certified Annual Reports for FY00-01 (Spreadsheet).