High Schools

Preparing High School Students for College and Career

East High School is not only the largest high school in Iowa, but has one of the richest traditions of any school in the Midwest.

East High School is not only the largest high school in Iowa, but has one of the richest traditions of any school in the Midwest.

Des Moines Public Schools serves more than 8,500 students at our five comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, and a multi-program magnet high school campus.

Our five high schools – East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt – each have a proud tradition of excellence in academics and activities. All five schools are now ranked on the University of Iowa’s Advanced Placement Top 50 Index for the state, and each school offers unique learning opportunities. For example, North High School is the largest school in Iowa to offer an 1:1 computer laptop (now iPad) program, and Hoover High School offers a school-within-a-school through its new STEM Academy and is also in the process of becoming the first school in Iowa to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Scavo High School is a leader in offering non-traditional educational programs for high school students, providing a structured, personalized learning environment that facilitates emotional, social and academic development of students who are having a hard time succeeding in a traditional school environment.

Central Campus is nationally-recognized for its one-of-a-kind programs in Iowa. The Career & Technical Institute offers a wide range of college-level, technical career programs, from fashion design and automotive technology to marine biology and one of only three FAA-certified aviation high school programs in the nation. Central Academy is the top-ranked AP program in Iowa, and one of the best in the nation, as well as the first school in Iowa to offer the prestigious IB Diploma.

For more information about high schools in Des Moines, visit the directory in the menu to the right.

Director of High Schools

Kathie Danielson

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-7871 | F: 515-242-7579 | E: kathie.danielson@dmschools.org