Enrollment & Registration
Welcome to Des Moines Public Schools. Whether you are enrolling your first child into kindergarten or are new to the community, this page provides information on the requirements to enroll and register for school, along with copies of various forms that may be required and links to maps showing the attendance areas for our elementary, middle and high schools.
School and Attendance Area Maps
Please visit the map page on this web site for information about the location and attendance areas for all public schools in Des Moines. On the map page you will find an interactive Google map which notes the location of all DMPS schools as well as district offices and facilities. This map also allows you to see the boundaries of the attendance areas for high schools and middle schools, and zoom in to see which area includes your home. In addition, the map page also links to the Polk County Geographic Information System (GIS) map which includes attendance areas for elementary schools as well as the ability to enter an address and see which elementary, middle and high school attendance area in which a home is located.
How to Enroll Your Child
Families new to the district must visit the Welcome Center at 1301 2nd Avenue to enroll their children. Please call 242-7371 or 242-8102 (ELL) to make an appointment.
Children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 15 of the school year. Children entering first grade must be six years old on or before that date. Parents or guardians must be present at the time of enrollment to furnish the child’s birth certificate or other proof of birth.
State law requires that all students enrolling in Iowa schools furnish a certificate of immunization for diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, rubella and hepatitis B. Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccination is only required for children entering preschool or day care. In addition, students who have lived in a country other than the United States within the past calendar year must provide proof of tuberculosis status before attending schools. The Mantoux test is requested.
The Des Moines Public Schools requests that all new students have a physical examination. Physicals are also requested when students enter preschool or kindergarten and third, sixth and ninth grades. Copies of the immunization and physical examination forms are available at all schools. The immunization requirement may be waived for religious reasons.
Please visit the links to the right to access various forms relating to school enrollment.
Students may enroll in schools other than those in their neighborhood through Open Enrollment. Students choosing open enrollment have two options:
WITHIN-DISTRICT: Within-district open enrollment is for Des Moines resident students who want to enroll in a Des Moines school other than their assigned school. A formal application must be completed and submitted between July 1 and March1 of the year prior to enrollment. Open enrollment is granted on space availability in the order in which the applications were received as long as it does not impact the district’s diversity plan. For additional information, please visit the Within-District Open Enrollment page in the menu to the right.
BETWEEN-DISTRICT: Between-district open enrollment is for students from other school districts who want to enroll in the Des Moines Public Schools. They must submit an application to their resident district by March 1 to be considered for the following year. Those enrolling in kindergarten have until September 1. The between-district application and procedures can be obtained through the State of Iowa Deptartment of Education’s website at www.educateiowa.gov/
Des Moines Public Schools provides a large number of preschool options throughout the community. For a list of preschool locations at schools, please visit the Preschools link in the Schools section of the menu at the top of this page.
If you would like to apply for preschool, call Janet Riggle at 242-7588 or stop by the Welcome Center at 1301 2nd Avenue.