Social Studies

Understanding our World

The interconnected nature of the world makes in depth, relevant social studies instruction essential for all students.  Our goal is to provide all students with academic and authentic learning opportunities that spark interest in the social studies and enhance students’ abilities to understand the global world.

Des Moines Public Schools offers a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to learning in the social studies with courses in areas such as history, government, economics, and contemporary studies. All of our courses are aligned to standards from both the state and national levels.

Our goal is to graduate students who are informed, active, and responsible citizens in their communities – from the school community to the neighborhood, city, state, nation and world.

For an overview of the social science goals, objectives and courses for elementary, middle and high school students please visit the appropriate link in the menu to the right.

Curriculum – Social Studies

Benjamin Van Vleet

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
E: benjamin.vanvleet@dmschools.org