Summer Programs at DMPS

No School But Lots of Opportunities

DMPS offers a wide range of opportunities for students and families throughout the summer.

DMPS offers a wide range of opportunities for students and families throughout the summer.

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.

Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce summer programming available at middle schools beginning June 11 and running through July 20, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.

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.

Des Moines Public Schools Community Education connects learners of all ages with experts who teach a variety of courses, from Arts and Crafts to Zumba and everything in between. Click here to learn more.

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. Learn more about Flex Academy.

2018 Summer School Schedule
Term 1: June 11 – 28,  2018
Term 2: July 9-26, 2018
Monday-Thursday:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Des Moines Public Schools will be offering summer math programs at three middle schools: Callanan, Goodrell, and Weeks beginning June 4 and running through July 13, 2018. Click here to learn more about math camp: Math Camp Flier.  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 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM at nine schools in the district. Check back soon for more information about the program, and for updates about summer opportunities.

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. Click here to learn more about orchestra camp: Orchestra Camp Flier. When you’re ready to register, click here. (Español)

Senior Summer School is a 9-week intensive program for 12th graders who do not graduate by the end of the regular school year due to credit deficiencies. Programming consists of both academic and social support. A graduation ceremony is held in August for student who successfully complete the program. For more information contact your high school’s SUCCESS Case Managers.

As Des Moines Public Schools continues to expand sports and other activities at our schools, summer sports camps are also expanding. Check back for more information about 2018 summer sports camps offered by DMPS.

Des Moines Public Schools provides a free summer meal program at dozens of sites throughout the city. Check back for more information about locations and times.