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

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After-School Club Teaches Hillside Girls They Are “Beautiful, In Every Single Way”

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District Staff, Families Collaborate to Build Champion Tiger Archery Club

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Innovative spirit. Inspiring success.

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  • Baseball: 9th vs. Ames (Away)

  • Softball: 9th vs. Ames (Home)

  • Softball: JV vs. Ames (Home)

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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.