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‘She always led from the heart’: WDMCS mourns loss of Dr. Phyllis Staplin

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New Valley High School Principal David Maxwell: ‘I’m a servant leader’ for students, staff, and families

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“The world doesn’t stay in place”: Walnut Creek Grad Kyle Thompson on Making Plans

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Innovative spirit. Inspiring success.

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  • Softball: Varsity vs. TBA (Home)

  • Baseball: Varsity vs. Indianola (Away)

  • Softball: Varsity vs. TBA (Home)

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Students Fees Set for 2018-19

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education unanimously approved students fees for 2018-19, with no changes to student fees from the 2017-18 year. The …

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WDMCS Staff Summer Art Showcase

We are excited to invite West Des Moines Community Schools’ staff to showcase artwork in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) lobby this summer. Several display cases will …

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About Our Schools

The West Des Moines Community School District serves more than 55,000 residents in the western portion of Polk County.

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Welcome to West Des Moines Community Schools

West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) has been inspiring joy in learning for more than 100 years. We are a caring community that knows every child as an individual and offers them a place to belong. With approximately 9,000 students, around 1,200 employees, and 13 schools, we can provide each student with the opportunities and resources they need to succeed.

The West Des Moines Community Schools serves more than 55,000 Iowa residents in West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, Windsor Heights, Waukee, and Des Moines. Covering 36.6 square miles, the district developed around a former railroad center, Valley Junction, and is part of a vibrant suburban area directly bordering Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa. A public school district accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, the WDMCS is the 11th-largest district in the state.