No School But Lots of Opportunities

For all of the recent debate about when the school year should start, there are lots of people at DMPS scratching their heads and asking: when does it end?

That’s because, in many ways, at Des Moines Public Schools education and activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year.

Yes, it may soon be summertime, when the song says the livin’ is easy, but in this school district the activity level is high as, on any given day, thousands of students are taking part in a wide variety of programs at schools.

Looking for more summer opportunities? Be sure to visit the DMPS Virtual Backpack for programs, camps, events, sport leagues and more offered by organizations to students and families in Des Moines.

AmeriCorps will be offering summer tutoring at 10 elementary schools: Cowles, Hillis, Jefferson, Oak Park, Phillips, Pleasant Hill, Studebaker, Windsor, and Wright. Programs typically run for 9 weeks; please check with the school for more details. In addition, other activities will be offered by AmeriCorps at 7 middle schools: Goodrell, Hiatt, Hoyt, McCombs, Meredith, Merrill, and Weeks. Middle school programming are held in conjunction with the 21st Century programs. Please check with the school for specific details on summer offerings.

In addition, AmeriCorps is hiring members to help with summer programs. Are you interested? Visit Jobs@DMPS for more information and to begin the application process.

ELL Summer Enrichment programs will be offered at centralized locations throughout the Des Moines Public Schools district. Contact our ELL office for further details.

Flex Academy Summer School is an intensive credit recovery program for 9th-12th grade students who enjoy learning in a blended learning instructional environment, a combination of self-paced learning through digital lessons and working directly with a content teacher to review and practice your knowledge.  The programming consists of both academic and social support and is available at each high school, including Scavo High School, which also provides childcare for students who need this service. A graduation ceremony is held in August for students who successfully complete graduation requirements during summer school.  Learn more about Flex Academy.

2019 Summer School Schedule
Summer Term: June 10 – July 26,  2019
Summer Break for students and teachers: July 1-5
Monday-Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Des Moines Public Schools will be offering summer math programs at three middle schools: Brody, Callanan, and Goodrell, beginning June 5 and running through July 3, 2019. Learn more by viewing the flyer. When you’re ready to register, click here!

Metro Kids is a fee-based program that provides before and after care at elementary schools. Metro Kids also provides various programs during the summer from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM at nine schools in the district. Click here for more information about the program.

Registration for Summer Band and Orchestra Camp has begun. We hope your student is able to join us to engage in great music making.  Click here to learn more about band camp: Band Camp Flier, Español: Banda. Click here to learn more about orchestra camp: Orchestra Camp FlierEspañol: Orquestra. When you’re ready to register, click here.

Are you ready for the 6th grade? Attend a one-day summer camp at your middle school and get to know the building, your locker, and some new friends before the 2018-19 school year begins! Click the links for more information in English and Spanish. Register by clicking the link below and submitting the online form. After your student is registered, you will receive additional information about available busing.

Click here to Register for SUCCESS FOR 6th GRADE

Des Moines Public Schools Community Education offers sports camps throughout the summer for K-12 students. Click here for more information.

For more than 30 years, Des Moines Public Schools has operated a summer food service program, with sites providing free meals to all children 18 years of age or younger. There are a total of 21 meal sites throughout the community planned for the summer of 2019. These sites will serve lunch Monday – Friday from June 3  through Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All sites will be closed July 4-5. Click here to see locations.

It’s important for young people to know their stories matter and to have outlets to express themselves.  Movement 515’s Urban Arts Camp provides incoming 8th and 9th graders opportunities to learn skills in spoken word poetry and performance, emceeing, and street art in order to strengthen their ability to speak creatively and have their voices heard.  Run by former Movement 515 participants and local artists, the two-week camp will provide safe and brave spaces for young people to create and learn from the best. For more information email Kristopher Rollins at