DMPS is proud to be Iowa’s largest provider of public
education and one of Des Moines’ top employers, offering more career choices
than any other district in Iowa.
Not only do you get a career with a competitive salary and
great benefits, but at Des Moines Public Schools you will be part of the most
innovative school district in Iowa with more choices for students and families
than anywhere in the state.
Des Moines Public Schools may be the biggest provider of
public education in Iowa, but we take anything but a one-size-fits-all approach
to educating our students. In fact, families in Des Moines can find more
educational options than anyplace in the state, including:
- Advanced Placement. Central Academy, attended by students
from 39 central Iowa middle and high schools, is Iowa’s top AP program,
dedicated to providing a challenging curriculum. The Belin-Blank Center for
Gifted Education and Talent Development placed Central Academy “in a class by
itself” as a college preparatory school. In addition, DMPS is in the midst of a
significant expansion of AP course offerings throughout all five high schools,
providing thousands of student access to rigorous and advanced courses.
- International Baccalaureate. Home to the only IB program in
Iowa, DMPS offers this world-class educational opportunity at four elementary
schools (Hubbell, Park Avenue, Stowe, and Walnut Street) and four middle
schools (Brody, Goodrell, Meredith, and Merrill). In addition, Central Academy
is currently the only school in Iowa to offer the renowned International
- Career & Technical Institute. Located at Central
Campus, CTI offers students with learning opportunities in several high-skill
areas, including graphic design, broadcasting & film, culinary arts,
fashion, and automotive technology. In addition, DMPS is home to one of only
three high school aviation programs certified by the FAA and has the largest
marine biology of any non-coastal high school.
- Higher Education Partnerships. Des Moines Public Schools’
proximity to Drake University, Iowa State University and Des Moines Area
Community College has created numerous partnership and collaborative efforts
that supports as well as teachers and administrators.
- Downtown School. The Downtown School, located in a brand
new home at Central Campus, is a national model where students learn in
multiage classes. The school has been nationally recognized for its innovative
education program and as a great option for working parents.
- Montessori. Cowles Montessori School is the only public
Montessori program in Iowa, serving students in grades K-8. Students learn in
multiage classrooms and children’s natural curiosities are exploited to the
fullest as they advance at their own pace.
- Traditional Programs. Jefferson and Phillips Elementary
Schools both have dress codes and feature increased emphasis on basic academic
skills. The schools also stress personal respect, responsibility and discipline
as cornerstones of a place where academic achievement can be maximized.
- Alternative Programs. Future Pathways, Scavo Alternative
High School, Orchard Place, Casady Alternative High School, and McKee
Alternative Middle School offer programming for students who may be struggling
with attendance requirements at a comprehensive school or have other personal
issues and need alternative programming.
- Ruby Van Meter and Smouse Schools. Ruby Van Meter School
(serving high school-age children) and Smouse Opportunity School (serving
elementary-age children) provide high quality instruction to physically and
mentally disabled students.