For more than 100 years, Des Moines Public Schools has provided an outstanding education to the students of our community. Today, our school district is a leader and innovator in public education, offering families some of the best educational choices in Iowa as we become the nation’s model for urban education.
Home to more than 60 schools located in every neighborhood of the community, Des Moines Public Schools provides families with choices to meet the educational needs of students from preschool through college-level courses.
With more than 31,000 students and nearly 5,000 employees, there are a lot of stories to tell about the work and accomplishments that take place each day at Des Moines Public Schools. From news releases and articles to our mobile app and social media, keep in touch with Iowa's largest provider of public education.
From teachers and principals to bus drivers and food service workers to financial analysts and technology specialists, Des Moines Public Schools is home to a dedicated team of professionals who all - directly and indirectly - contribute to the education of our students.
What sets DMPS apart? We provide families with more educational choices than any place in Iowa, educate top student scholars who go on to attend leading colleges and universities around the world, and are home to teachers recognized throughout the state and across the country as the best in their field.
The people of Des Moines elect seven members to serve as their representatives on the School Board. In turn, the Board is responsible for the governance of Iowa’s largest provider of public education. Learn more about your elected School Board members, and access information about past and upcoming meetings.
Details of our five-year plans can be found by clicking the links below.
Current Five-Year Plan:
Historical Five-Year Plan(s):