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Des Moines Public School’s Partnership

As an Unlimited Access partner, Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) contracts with DART to offer free rides to DMPS employees and middle and high school students. DART's school tripper routes are available here.

DMPS staff benefits

DMPS employees can ride any DART route free anytime  by showing the driver their staff ID when boarding a DART bus. Staff must present their physical ID to qualify for these free rides.

DMPS student benefits

DART and DMPS partner to offer rides to middle and high school students as a way to meet their transportation needs.

Students assigned to DART for school transportation

DMPS officials assign which students ride DART for their school transportation. These students can ride their assigned DART route free to and from school by scanning their student ID on the farebox when they board a DART bus. Copies of DART's school tripper routes are available here.

Students can find out if their school assigned them to DART for transportation by speaking with the administrators at their school. Please note that students need to scan their physical ID, and cannot scan an image of their ID on their phone or other device. Students who have lost or misplaced their ID should speak to administrators at their school to get a replacement ID.

Students not assigned to DART for school transportation

Students not assigned to DART for school transportation can still ride any DART route to/from school by paying half fare when boarding the bus.

Unlimited Access for all students when school is not is session

All students can:

  • ride any DART route free on school days after 4:30 p.m.,
  • ride any DART route free all day on weekends and any day when school is not in session.

In prior years, DMPS middle and high school students rode DART free after 4 p.m. DART and DMPS changed this time to 4:30 p.m. for the 2019/2020 school year. This change allows DART to complete school trips before Unlimited Access service begins. This will reduce the number of buses at, or over, capacity while still ensuring students participating in after school activities have a way to get home.

Students must scan their current DMPS ID on the farebox when they board the bus to ride free. DART will continue to accept 2018/2019 school IDs through the end of September 2019 to ensure all students have the opportunity to get their 2019/2020 ID. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, 2018/2019 IDs will no longer be accepted. Please note that students need to scan their physical ID, and cannot scan an image of their ID on their phone or other device.


Students or parents with questions about whether or not a student qualifies for school transportation should contact their school administration.

If you have questions about DART’s services, please contact DART Customer Service by calling 515-283-8100.


Des Moines Public Schools replacing SROs with new system

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Public Schools has not had school resource officers on its campuses since April 2020.

Nearly a year later, DMPS removed the contract for SROs. 

SROs were police officers from the Des Moines Police Department who were at different schools. Their purpose was to help when conflicts arose.

"What we saw was disproportionality an overuse of law enforcement with our students," DMPS Director of School Climate Jake Troja said. " Specifically students of color."

DMPS gathered data by reviewing past incidents involving SROs and students in their schools.

With SROs gone, Troja said they are using other methods to keep campus safe. The new method involves three positions. 

  • Restoration Safety Coordinator: This person creates safety plans for a school and makes sure the system is in place. 
  • Campus Monitors: People who make sure plans are executed as well as greets people on campus. 
  • Restoration Facilitator: A contract position DMPS has with staff from Urban Dreams. 

"We are just the part that comes in and does the facilitation through the coordinators in the Des Moines Public Schools," Izaah Knox, the executive director of Urban Dreams, said.

The contract DMPS has with Urban Dreams is $150,000 for one year. The contract it had with DMPD for SROs cost between $750,000 and $1,000,000 annually for the last 10 years. 

There will be one restoration facilitator in each of the district's five high schools. They are meant to help students solve problems and give them alternate ways to handle a situation before things get out of hand. 

"We have people from the community that are culturally competent, that look like [the students] that understand [the students], that have grown up here and were in similar situations," Knox said.

Two of the facilitators are Ahmed Musa and Michael Madlock. 

Both said they take their job seriously because they remember being in schools. And if an SRO was called in for a situation, that meant a student got in trouble, and this issue was addressed but not the problem behind the issue.

That's why Musa said he has an open-door policy for the students at the high school he works at, which a student took advantage of this week.

"Instead of fighting, let's address the situation in a way that's restorative where you can still express your feelings but in a manner that's still respectful and then you can go about your day," Musa said. 

"And that's what we did, [me and a student] spent like 30 minutes, like she went from saying 'Next time I see you I'm going to fight you' to 'I didn't like what you did, it was rude so please don't do that again.'"

Although SROs are no longer on campus, police will still be called to Des Moines schools in situations where they are needed, like if a law gets violated. 

Police will also be present at certain school events, but in an off-duty capacity. 

"That's mostly because those events are involving more than just students," Troja said. "We're talking about the whole community at that point and time."

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DMPS to leave CIML, forever changing Iowa's most dominant high school sports league

Monday marked the end of the Central Iowa Metropolitan League as we know it.

Des Moines Public Schools announced its five high schools — Des Moines East, Des Moines North, Des Moines Lincoln, Des Moines Hoover and Des Moines Roosevelt — would leave the CIML starting in the 2022-23 academic year and form a new league with the other five non-suburban CIML schools — Ames, Ottumwa, Mason City, Marshalltown and Fort Dodge.

This long-awaited DMPS announcement was essentially the final domino of a months-long process in which the non-suburban schools decided it was time to separate from the dominant suburban schools and form their own, more competitive conference. All five of the other school districts have either voted to break from the CIML or are expected to do so soon.

Des Moines North and the other four high schools in Des Moines Public Schools will leave to form a new league starting in 2022-23.

"This is a change I am confident will benefit our students, our teams, our schools, and our community,” DMPS Superintendent Tom Ahart said in a release. "A more competitive high school athletic conference will mean more opportunities for success and, as a result, will lead to greater student participation in sports and engagement with their schools."

In the release, DMPS said its decision to leave the CIML boiled down to several topics, including: more equal competitive balance, ideally higher participation numbers as a result of that competitive balance, and more flexible scheduling in a smaller league.

"While DMPS is a founding member of the CIML, the current size of the conference has created challenges in everything from scheduling to decision-making to significant inequities among its member schools," said Jason Allen, the school district’s director of activities. "This is the right time to look at a new direction. Creating an environment that addresses those concerns will set the groundwork for our students and schools to have more opportunities to succeed."

More:Marshalltown, other CIML schools plan to leave suburban schools and form new conference

The CIML consists of 19 member schools. Of those 19, nine are unofficially considered the "suburban schools": Ankeny, Ankeny Centennial, Dowling Catholic, Johnston, Southeast Polk, Urbandale, Valley, Waukee and, starting next year, Waukee Northwest. The "non-suburban schools" are: Ames, Des Moines East, Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines Lincoln, Des Moines North, Des Moines Roosevelt, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City and Ottumwa.

In a letter from Feb. 28, in which Marshalltown Community School District Superintendent Theron J. Schutte announced the non-suburban schools' intent to leave the CIML, Schutte noted the success gap between "non-suburban schools vs. the suburban schools" in the past five years within the CIML, specifically citing volleyball, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' basketball, baseball and softball. Among those sports, Schutte said non-suburban schools accounted for 16.5% of wins in those sports over the past five years (376 wins, compared to suburban schools' 1,899 wins).

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Mason City athletic director Tracy Johnson told the Register this month that the non-suburban schools have been actively discussing the split since January. He said conversations among non-suburban schools about leaving the CIML picked up steam in February 2020, but then COVID-19 hit and pushed separation to the backburner. 

Ames athletic director Judge Johnson told the Register that the new, non-suburban league has already discussed potential names. A popular idea is the Big 10.

The CIML was established in 1991 and, since then, has become arguably the state's strongest athletic conference, with its member schools winning a large chunk of the large-school state championships every year.

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Matthew Bain covers recruiting and pretty much anything else under the sports sun for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network.  Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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Revenue Purpose Statement 2021: Supporting Schools & Taxpayers

لأكثر من 100 عام، بقيت مدارس دى موين ألعامة تقدم خدمة تعليمية مميزة للطلاب فى مجتمعنا. و أليوم، مقاطعة مدارس دى موين تعتبررائدة ومبتكرة فى مجال ألتعليم ألعام لأنها توفر للأسر أفضل ألخيارات ألتعليمية فى ولاية آيوا. نسعى جاهدين لنصبح نموذجاً للدولة فى مجال ألتعليم ألمدنى.

ဒီေမာရ စ္ လူထိုစာသင္ေက ာင္း သည္ လူ ့အသ ိုင္းအဝန္းမွ ေက ာင္းသူေက ာင္းသားမ ားက ို သာလြန္ေကာင္းမြန္သည့္ပညာမ ား သင္ၾကားေပးခ ့သည္မွာ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၁၀၀ ေက ာ္ပင္ ႐ွိ ွ ခ ့ပါၿပီ။ ယေန ့အခ န္တြင္ ကၽြႏ္ိုပ္တ ို ့၏ေက ာင္းခ႐ွိ ိုင္သည္ လူထိုပညာေရးစနစ္တြင္ ဆန္းသစ္တီထြင္၍ ဦးေဆာင္ဦး႐ွိ ြက္ျပိဳကာ အ ိုက္အ ိုဝါတြင္ အေကာင္းဆံိုးပညာေရး ေ႐ွိ ြးခ ယ္စရာအခ ိဳ ့တ ို ့က ို မ သားစိုမ ားအား ကမ္းလွမ္းလ က္႐ွိ ွ ၿပီး ၿမ ိဳ ့ျပပညာေရးစနစ္တြင္ ႏ ိုင္ငံေတာ္၏စံျပျဖစ္လာဖ ို ့ ႀက ိဳးစားလ က္႐ွိ ွ ပါသည္။

For more than 100 years, the Des Moines Independent Community School District has been providing an outstanding education to the students of our community. Today, our school district is a leader and innovator in public education, offering families some of the best educational choices in Iowa as we strive to become the nation's model for urban education.

100 वर्ष भन्दा बढी सम्म हाम्रो समुदायका विद्यार्थीलाई डी मोइन पब्लिक स्कुलले उल्लेखनीय शिक्षा प्रदान गर्दै आएको छ। आज, आयोवामा यहांका परिवारलाई सबै भन्दा राम्रो शैक्षिक विकल्प दिँदै, हाम्रो स्कूल डिस्ट्रिक सार्वजनिक शिक्षा क्षेत्रमा एक नेता र प्रर्वतक भएको छ र हामी शहरी शिक्षाका लागि राष्ट्रको मोडेल बन्न प्रयासरत छौ।

Kwa zaidi ya miaka 100, Des Moines Shule ya Umma imetoa elimu bora kwa wanafunzi katika jamii yetu. Leo, wilaya ya shule sisi ni kiongozi na mzushi katika jamii elimu, kutoa familia uchaguzi wa elimu bora katika Iowa na sisi kujitahidi kuwa mfano wa vituo vya elimu ya soko ya taifa.

Por más de 100 años, las Escuelas Públicas de Des Moines han estado proporcionando una educación excepcional a los estudiantes de nuestra comunidad. Hoy en día, nuestro distrito escolar es un líder e innovador en la educación pública, ofreciendo a nuestras familias algunas de las mejores opciones educativas en Iowa y nos esforzamos por convertirnos en el modelo de la nación para la educación urbana.

Trong hơn 100 năm qua, các trường Công Lập Cơ Sở ở Des Moines đã cung cấp một nền giáo dục xuất sắc cho các học sinh trong cộng đồng của chúng ta. Ngày nay, khu học chánh của chúng ta là một nơi đứng đầu và sáng tạo trong nền giáo dục cộng lập, cung cấp các gia đình một số lựa chọn chương trình giáo dục tốt nhất ở Iowa và cố gắng trở thành mô hình giáo dục đô thị trong toàn quốc.


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Des Moines Public Schools Foundation

Des Moines Public Schools is the largest school district in Iowa, represents 88 countries and a poverty rate of more than 74 percent. The DMPS Foundation recognizes the importance of varied learning levels and the need to engage the whole child to foster high achievement in all areas of learning. The Foundation works to positively support and assist Des Moines Public Schools in providing the best opportunity for all students; preparing students to meeting the demands of our future work force; and supporting the goals and objectives of the school district.

OneRun 2021

The 2nd ever District-wide OneRun fundraiser will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 11th, with check-in between 8:00-8:45 a.m. The event is a 2-mile fun run/walk with an option to cheer on the sidelines as a supporter! Registration is free for everyone; participation is what will count. Click here to register by September 1st, 2021

Event fees will be paid by corporate and individual sponsors. Once participation totals are tallied, the money raised will be sent directly to the schools. Each participant may designate one school. The more participants and donations, the more money to the schools! Click here if you’d like to help sponsor the event

Thank you to these Sponsors for the 2021 event.


DMPS is participating in GIVEdsm, an online resource that provides the opportunity to learn about the needs and opportunities of our community and offer support to those that match your interests.

Donating to the DMPS Foundation is contributing to the future success of our students.

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Des Moines Independent Community School District

The Des Moines Independent Community School District (The Des Moines Public Schools, 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.


The district currently serves most of the city of Des Moines as well as parts of suburban Pleasant Hill[2] and Windsor Heights. The city is split into four different area districts. District one covers the west, two covers the north, three covers the east, and district four the south.


Advanced Placement Program and International Baccalaureate Programme

The school district has a well-established Advanced Placement program. Headquartered at Central Academy, the program began in the mid 1980s and is among some of the best in the United States. The program has continued to expand greatly over the last few years at all the area high schools. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 alone there were over 2,500 Advanced Placement tests taken in the district, a 250 percent increase from 2011. Since 1991, 36 State of Iowa AP Scholars have been produced by DMPS. Additionally, over 3,100 DMPS students have earned some variation of the AP Scholar award as of 2016. As of 2018, all five comprehensive high schools have earned a top 50 spot on the University of Iowa's Advanced Placement index six years running. Roosevelt High School has consistently been ranked in the top ten, Hoover High School in the top 20, and the district's Central Academy has been singled out for special recognition as the best in the state.

In 2008, Des Moines Public Schools became the first and only school district in Iowa to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme as another approach to learning for students. In just a few years, the IB program in Des Moines has grown to include ten schools serving more than 5,000 students. The school district is currently home to ten IB World Schools, with the hope of expanding it to several others. IB is a school-wide program providing a framework for teaching and learning that engages students in guided inquiry centered on universal concepts. Guided inquiry emphasizes students’ natural curiosity and provides them with an opportunity to ask questions and seek answers in a collaborative classroom where students and teachers work together to explore the curriculum. At the middle school level, IB students experience the district curriculum enhanced with rigorous international standards across eight subject areas.

List of schools[edit]

High ("Secondary") schools[edit]

Special schools & programs[edit]

  • Scavo Campus — An alternative high school program serving 300 students, named after Vincent C. Scavo located at Central Campus downtown.
  • Ruby Van Meter School - A special education school serving disabled students with high support needs.
  • Central Academy (Est. 1985) - A highly selective public magnet school located in downtown Des Moines nationally recognized for its academic achievements.

Gifted & Talented Program

The DMPS Gifted and Talented Department screens students each year in the fall for possible identification and subsequent gifted and talented programming and services. The program was established by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The University of Iowa. DMPS supports research-based continuing staff development opportunities so that all district teaching and administrative personnel may, through their teaching and educational leadership, ensure gifted and talented students learn and achieve at levels commensurate with their exceptional abilities.

Middle ("Intermediate") schools[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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
  • Moore 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. These meetings are broadcast on television and archived on the district's YouTube channel as well.

Awards and Honors

The district has accumulated several honors over the years. Some of these awards include but are not limited to; Districts of Distinction Award from District Administration magazine, the Magna Award, presented by the National School Board Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award, and is also home to multiple Iowa Teacher of the Year and Presidential Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching award-winners.

School Business Partners

Almost all of the schools in DMPS have an area business partner. These partners help their local communities and sponsor several events throughout the year. Some of the larger partners include but are not limited to Aviva, Des Moines University, Hyvee, Principal Financial Group, and The Des Moines Register.

In March 2016, The University of Iowa announced that it has partnered with the scholarship platform on a statewide pilot project to encourage and improve college readiness among Iowa high school students. The goal of the program is to encourage students to take rigorous courses and get involved in school activities, all while saving for future college expenses.


#SuperintendentStart of termEnd of term
13Dr. Thomas AhartMay 15, 2012Present
12Dr. Nancy SebringJuly 1, 2006May 10, 2012
11Dr. Eric A. Witherspoon1998July 1, 2006
10Dr. Gary Wegenke19881998
9William Anderson19801988
8Dr. Dwight M. Davis19641980
7Dr. John H. Harris19571964
6Cress O. Hoyt19561957
5Newell D. McCombs19411956
4A. W. Merrill19371941
3John W. Studebaker19201937
2Z. C. Thornberg19131920
1W. O. Riddell19071913


  • Channel 12 is the school district's Educational-access televisioncable 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[edit]


YearDistrict-wideHigh schoolsMiddle schoolsElementary schoolsOther 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).

Under Iowa law, beginning with the class of 2017, all students must complete coursework in Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, Technology Literacy, and Employability Skills.

In order to be considered on track to graduate in four years, students must meet the following credit requirements each year:

6.0 credits going into Sophomore/10th grade year 12.0 credits going into Junior/11th grade year 18.0 credits going into Senior/12th grade year

The table below shows the graduation requirements for each of the graduating classes by year:

Graduating YearTotal Req.Social StudiesEnglishMathematicsScienceFine/Applied ArtsPhysical Education

See also[edit]


  1. ^"FY 2022 Virtual Budget Forum - des Moines Public Schools".
  2. ^[1]
  3. ^Des Moines Public Schools (2006). "Enrollment Report as of October 2, 2006"(PDF). Archived from the original(PDF) on February 21, 2007. Retrieved December 5, 2006.
  4. ^Des Moines Public Schools (2005). "Enrollment Report as of September 16, 2005"(PDF). Archived from the original(PDF) on June 25, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2005.
  5. ^ abcDes Moines Public Schools (2004). "Enrollment Report as of September 17, 2004"(PDF). Archived from the original(PDF) on June 25, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2005.
  6. ^Iowa Department of Education (2001). "Certified Annual Reports for FY01-02 (Spreadsheet)". Archived from the original on 2004-12-12.
  7. ^Iowa Department of Education (2000). "Certified Annual Reports for FY00-01 (Spreadsheet)". Archived from the original on 2004-12-12.

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