Welcome to Iowa’s Largest Provider of Public Education

If you are a family new to the school district, or if you are returning to the district, you must email the Welcome Center at kindergarten@dmschools.org to enroll your student(s).

Welcome Center office hours
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Excluding major holidays.)

The center registers students on a walk-in basis, and registration takes about 30 minutes to complete.


  • Photo ID
  • Proof of address (please see list of accepted documents below)
  • Student’s immunization records
  • Student’s birth certificate

Accepted address verification documents:

  • Utility Bill or Confirmation of Services (within the last 60 days)
  • Lease or notarized statement from landlord
  • Purchase Agreement
  • Mortgage Statement
  • Polk County Assessors- print copy of web page verifying property ownership
  • Property tax statement
  • Vehicle registration
  • DHS Paperwork
  • Shelter Stay Verification

If you are residing in another person’s home, please provide a notarized statement from that person stating you and your child(ren) are living there, including their name and address, as well as one of the above approved address verification documents in their name.

If you are a family continuing with Des Moines Public Schools, click here.

Children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 15 of the school year. Children entering first grade must be six years old on or before that date.  Parents or guardians must be present at the time of enrollment to furnish the child’s birth certificate or other proof of birth.

State law requires that all students enrolling in Iowa schools furnish a certificate of immunization for diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, rubella and hepatitis B. Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccination is only required for children entering preschool or day care. In addition, students who have lived in a country other than the United States within the past calendar year must provide proof of tuberculosis status before attending schools. The Mantoux test is requested.

The Des Moines Public Schools requests that all new students have a physical examination. Physicals are also requested when students enter preschool or kindergarten and third, sixth and ninth grades. Copies of the immunization and physical examination forms are available at all schools. The immunization requirement may be waived for religious reasons.

A Note About Registration and School Bus Transportation:

All students MUST register if transportation is needed.  The registration deadline is August 10, 2019. Registrations received before the August 10 deadline will be processed by August 23.  Any student who registers after August 10 WILL NOT BE ROUTED UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY even if they qualify for transportation. 

Please visit the Forms & Handbooks page in the menu to the right to access various forms relating to school enrollment.