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Come Here. Become Here.

For nearly 120 years, Des Moines Public Schools has been in the community, for our community. We meet our students where they are and help them become who they want to be. We do that by offering the most comprehensive curriculum in Iowa, preparing them for college and careers. And with students from more than 100 countries, our global perspective prepares them for life.

At Des Moines Public Schools, we truly believe in open minds and open doors. And within our doors you will find more than 30,000 students and nearly 5,000 employees, across 60 schools in Iowa’s capital city. Here students and teachers are embraced in an environment where everyone is given the chance to not only thrive but to reach beyond what they thought was possible.

To prospective students and teachers, we invite you to come here. You will form bonds here, grow here, learn new skills here, and achieve here. But most of all, you will become here.



People who don’t know Iowa refer to us as fly-over country. The truth is, we’re at the center of the world. From families who have been a part of Des Moines since its founding to first-generation Americans, DMPS is where everyone is welcome. We offer a cultural richness found nowhere else in Iowa, strengthening our educational offerings, and preparing students for life.

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At DMPS, students can accomplish more than they ever imagined thanks to award-winning teachers and top-ranked programs. From the arts to aviation, science to cybersecurity, mathematics to marine biology, skilled trades to Advanced Placement … and so much more. In the classroom, on stage, or on the field, students test themselves anywhere and everywhere to build their confidence, learn new skills, and become their best selves.

Become amazing here.
Become awesome here.
Become the best you here.



From preschool through high school, DMPS is proud to offer the most – and best – educational choices to students and families in Iowa. Nearly 5,000 teachers and staff members are at work supporting the academic needs of more than 30,000 students at our 60 schools throughout the state’s capital city. Come here and become who you dream of becoming.

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As Iowa’s largest provider of PK-12 education, DMPS offers a wide range of career and job opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, with competitive pay and some of the best benefits in Central Iowa. Come here and you will help students grow and learn AND make a difference in your community! Learn more about job opportunities at DMPS.

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