• School District Boundaries

    The West Des Moines Community Schools covers 36.6 square miles. District boundaries are irregular but generally lie north of Warren and Madison county lines, south of Urbandale Avenue, east of the Dallas County line, and west of 63rd Street.

    View more information about WDMCS boundaries

    Free, Pay, Walk Zone Information

    WDMCS offers bus transportation to families who live in either a free zone or pay zone of the student's designated school. Some areas are considered a walk zone, and bus transportation is not available. To learn more, please refer to Board Policy 710.02, which details student eligibility for busing. Contact the Transportation Department at 515-633-4902  to confirm which zone you live in. 

    Free Zone Details

    • WDMCS students in grades K-8 who live more than two miles from the school designated for attendance will be provided FREE transportation. 
    • WDMCS students in grades 9-12 who live more than three miles from the school designated for attendance will be provided FREE transportation.

    Pay Zone Details

    Students who are not eligible for free transportation and live outside the walk zone of their assigned school can purchase bus passes.

    Walk Zone Details

    Each school has a designated area around the school called the walk zone where bus service is not available. 

  • Need a Replacement Bus Pass?

    Please complete the form linked below to request a new bus pass for your student. Each new bus pass is $10. This will be added as a fee to your student's account within InTouch once the request is processed by Transportation. Sacred Heart students' requests will be invoiced separately.

    Students can pick up their new bus pass at their school office within 1-2 business days of the request.

    Submit request for a replacement bus pass

  • Contact Us

    Transportation Department
    2102 Delavan Drive
    West Des Moines, IA 50265

    Robin Pickard
    Transportation Director

    Kara Longfield
    Assistant Transportation Director

    Andrew Vance
    Driver Trainer

    Pam Hull
    Field Trips/Bus Pass Fees

    Michelle Tigner
    Bus Passes and Walnut Creek Campus Routing

    Carrie Van Weelden
    Special Needs Routing and Non-public Reimbursements


Transportation Forms

  • Did You Know?

    • We transport approximately 3,300 students each day.
    • We drive 41 routes to and from school each day.
    • We traveled 560,500 route miles on average during the school year.
Last Modified on August 28, 2023