Des Moines Public Schools

A Second Century of Excellence in Education

For over 100 years, Des Moines Public Schools has been educating the students of Iowa’s capital city. Today, we are the largest provider of public education in Iowa, with more than 33,000 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 our school district in the breadth of the programs we offer and the constituency we serve. Our 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.

We boast the largest variety of educational programs – many of them nationally renowned – in Iowa. That includes the state’s only International Baccalaureate curriculum and the only public Montessori school. According to the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, our Central Academy’s “record of excellence with Advanced Placement is an honor for the entire state of Iowa,” producing more National AP Scholars in one recent year than 13 entire states! Belin-Blank also lists all five DMPS high schools on its Iowa AP Index. The Downtown School is regarded as a national model. Our Career & Technical Institute at Central Campus delivers training in everything from culinary arts to aviation technology.

Over the last decade a comprehensive and ongoing capital improvements campaign has renovated and updated many of our schools, 57 of which have now earned the Energy Star designation. Our state of the art learning environments are preparing students for their future.

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in DMPS, an enriched school district that’s proud of its past and prepared for the future.


Accreditation

The Des Moines Independent Community School District is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.


Enrollment & Registration

From preschool through high school, our school district is proud to offer the most – and best – educational choices to students and families in Iowa. Please visit our Enrollment & Registration page for information on how to sign up your child to attend Des Moines Public Schools.


History of DMPS

For a more in-depth history of Des Moines Public Schools, be sure to read these two documents (one written at the time of the nation’s Bicentennial and one written for the school district’s centennial):


Educational Equity Statement

It is the policy of the Des Moines Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Coordinator’s office at 2323 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312, 515-242-7911 or thomas.harper@dmschools.org.

For more about educational equity at DMPS, please click here.

Des Moines Public Schools Des Moines Independent Community School District, IA, USA
Oct 29, 2018
Full time
  Position Type:   Student Services/School Psychologist (Certified) Date Posted:   7/18/2018 Location:   ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES (GRAND) Date Available:   Fall 2018 Closing Date:    12/28/2018 Job description documentation here .  
Des Moines Public Schools Monroe Elementary School, 30th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Oct 29, 2018
Full time
  Position Type:   Teachers Elementary/Art Date Posted:   8/20/2018 Location:   Monroe Elementary School Date Available:   Fall 2018 Closing Date:    09/28/2018 Job description documentation here .   
Des Moines Public Schools Des Moines Independent Community School District, IA, USA
Oct 29, 2018
Full time
  Position Type:   Teachers Middle School/Art Date Posted:   9/13/2018 Location:   MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - SEE DESCRIPTION Date Available:   Fall 2018 Closing Date:    09/27/2018   Additional Information: Art endorsement required (or willingness to pursue) This position will be shared between MAC (JF Taylor) and FOCUS program (Mann) -- (0.5 FTE each) Job description documentation here .   
Des Moines Public Schools Meredith Middle School, Des Moines, IA, USA
Oct 29, 2018
Full time
Position Type:   Teachers Middle School/Academic Interventionist Date Posted:   9/17/2018 Location:   Meredith Middle School Date Available:   Fall 2018 Closing Date:     10/01/2018 Description:   Math endorsement required. Job description documentation here .