Open Enrollment Procedures

Parents or guardians wishing to enroll in a district other than the district in which they reside must make formal application between July 1 and March 1 the year prior to enrollment. Those enrolling in kindergarten have until September 1 to submit their application. Parents may request a specific attendance center (school) but the building assignment is at the discretion of the receiving district.

Applications received prior to March 1 will be reviewed in early April.  Applications submitted after March 1 will be reviewed with each board meeting beginning in May.

School assignments for students requesting Des Moines Public Schools who do not have a sibling concurrently enrolled in DMPS will be considered after all within district transfers have been processed.  If space is available, they will be approved in the order in which the application was received.

Decisions for students requesting to leave the Des Moines Public Schools will be processed in accordance to the District’s state approved diversity plan.

Please visit the Information & Forms page in the menu to the right for the open enrollment application.

To download a copy of the DMPS Diversity Plan, please click here.

Hardships and Late Applications

Hardships and late applications may be given special consideration. Exceptions may include, but are not limited to, a change in a child’s parents’ marital status, a change in the family’s residence, a guardianship proceeding, adoption, or participation in a substance abuse or mental health treatment program.