For more than 100 years, West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) has been preparing learners for life.
(ratios based on certified enrollment)
Special Education Enrollment: 904
one in ten students has an IEP
Free/Reduced Lunch: 3,096
one in three students lives in poverty
English Learners: 1,339
one in 10 students is an English Learner
Minority Enrollment: 3,184
one in three full-time students identifies as an ethnicity other than white
one in 10 students is identified as being At-Risk
Extended Learning Program: 648
one in 14 students is in the ELP program
Title I: 170
one in 50 students receives Title I math or reading services
Junior High: 13:1
High School: 15:1
*depending on class subject- relative to min./max. course enrollment
Did you know?
- Valley High School alone offers more than 190 courses that allow students to discover their passions.
- Students begin learning Spanish in fourth grade, and our high school offers more foreign languages than nearly any other school in Iowa.
- Students can play in an orchestra starting in fourth grade; band starts in fifth grade.
- WDMCS is one of the first districts in Iowa to implement Project Lead the Way elements throughout the district.
Ninth largest district in the state of Iowa - 13 Schools
5 serving preschool-grade 6
3 serving grades K-6
Junior High Schools
2 serving grades 7-8
1 serving grade 9
1 serving grades 10-12
1 alternative serving grades 9-12