Within-District Transfer

Options for Students and Families in Des Moines

The Within-District Transfer  program provides students and families with more choices.

The Within-District Transfer program provides students and families with even more choices.

Des Moines Public Schools believes diversity enriches the educational climate of our schools.  Young people are far better prepared for the future when they attend school in an educational setting that is reflective of society’s diversity.

Identifying similarities and understanding differences in individuals, cultures and backgrounds, is not only healthy for individual students, but also for the entire community. All aspects of education (history, literature, language, etc.) are enhanced by the different viewpoints and perspectives introduced by racial, ethnic and socio-economic diversity.

The Within-District Transfer Program is a program offered by DMPS so that parents can take advantage of the district’s diversity by applying to attend a school outside of their address-assigned area. For more than twenty years, thousands of Des Moines students have participated in within-district transfers.

Please refer to the menu items at right for additional information about within-district transfer procedures, as well as the limitations and stipulations.

Parents interested in participating in within-district transfers should call the Open Enrollment office at 515-242-7353, or email dana.jarvis@dmschools.org, for additional information.