Welcome to DMPS

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Teree Caldwell-Johnson

For more than 100 years, Des Moines Public Schools has been providing an outstanding education to the students of our community. Today, our school district is a leader and innovator in public education, offering families with more educational choices than any place in Iowa and striving to be the nation’s model for urban education.Des Moines Public Schools is just one of the reasons magazines such as Forbes and Parenting rank Des Moines as one of the best communities in America to live, work and raise a family. Whether it’s our growing graduation rate, greater access to college-level courses, first-rate new and renovated school buildings, or multiple state and national honors, we strive each and every day to provide every student in Des Moines an excellent education

Those of us on the School Board are grateful for the many individuals, businesses and organizations that support our work. But there’s always room for more. Whether you’re a parent or simply want to help one of our many schools, we welcome your involvement and support. Please be sure to visit often and use this site as a front door to our community’s school district. We appreciate your interest in Des Moines Public Schools.

Teree Caldwell-Johnson, chair
Des Moines School Board

D. Thomas Ahart

After seven years on the DMPS team, and 14 years as a resident of the district, I continue to be amazed by our school district and our city. One of our great strengths is our diversity. Our schools boast over 32,000 students from nearly 90 different countries, speaking nearly 100 different languages. Combined with a nationally recognized teaching staff, the strengths and benefits which result from our diversity are reflected daily in the many accomplishments of our students and staff. With programs like Dream to Teach, 3D, and our innovative alternative teacher contract, we continue to focus on building an instructional team that reflects our student body.Our students earn state and national recognition in everything from academics to athletics to the arts. Staff members earn state and national recognition for their excellence. And our graduation rate, assessment results, and enrollment trends are all moving in the right direction. DMPS has been honored for its management practices in finance, communications, and energy efficiency. All five of our comprehensive high schools are ranked in the Top 25 of the Iowa Advanced Placement Index and our International Baccalaureate program continues to expand across all grade levels. A serious investment in instructional technology means that every classroom is equipped with an interactive projector and our student to computer ratio is nearly 1 to 1, providing  21st century students with 21st century learning environments.

Programs available to our students rival the best found anywhere in the country. From outstanding access to Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate programs to the arts to preschool and after school programs to specialized courses such as marine biology, aviation, Urban Leadership, fashion design, animal sciences, broadcast & film and much more, DMPS is continually expanding and improving to help each student find their passion and excel.

DMPS is moving quickly towards becoming the nation’s model for urban education, thanks to the dedication and hard work of nearly 33,000 students and 5,000 employees, along with the support of families and many community partners. It is a privilege to be superintendent for Des Moines Public Schools, serving an incredible community that understands the hope for our future and the strength of our community rests in our schools.

Dr. Thomas Ahart, Superintendent
Des Moines Public Schools