Facts About WDMCS

The West Des Moines Community School District serves more than 55,000 residents in the western portion of Polk County — West Des Moines and Clive, parts of Urbandale and Windsor Heights, and nearby rural areas. Covering 36.6 square miles, the district has grown around a former railroad center, Valley Junction, and the farmland north and south of the Raccoon River. This booming suburban area directly borders Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa, and is within a short drive to a variety of arts, entertainment, sporting and shopping venues. Nationally recognized for excellence, the district is the ninth largest in the state.



Elementary Schools 3 serving grades K-6
5 serving grades preschool-6
Junior High Schools 2 serving grades 7-8
 High Schools 1 serving grade 9
1 serving grades 10-12
1 alternative serving grades 9-12


Enrollment: Certified 9,012.51
Students Served 9,123
Kids West Childcare Enrollment (school year and summer) 1,112
Special Education Enrollment 921
Free/Reduced Lunch 34.42%
Post-Secondary Enrollment 95%

Class Size Limits

Grade Level Maximum Class Size
Grades K-3 26 students/class
Grades 4-6 28 students/class

Student/Teacher Ratio

Grade Level Student:Teacher Ratio
Elementary 24 to 1
Junior High 18.6 to 1
High School 14.5 to 1

Student Achievement

ACT/SAT Composite Average 23.9/1,290
National Merit Finalist (since 1990) 231


Position Count
Certified Staff 637
Support Staff 636
Administrators 38