Special Education

We at WDMCS believe that every child is unique. Our Special Education services honor this philosophy and provide instruction specifically designed to meet the needs of a child with a disability.

Our vision is to be a caring community that knows and lifts every child.

The goals for our Special Education program are aligned with state law and the federal Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) law, which:

  • Assures all children with disabilities are provided a free, appropriate, public education designed to meet their unique needs.
  • Protects children’s rights and the rights of their parents or guardians.
  • Assists state and local districts in providing education that assesses students’ strengths and weaknesses and assures the effectiveness of the educational efforts.

Special Education Enrollment

Families who move to the West Des Moines Community School District and have a child with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will find similar student-focused programming and services at each of our schools.

  • The majority of our students with IEPs attend their neighborhood school. Students with more significant needs may attend a district program that is located in one of our other schools.
  • As soon as you have found a home within the West Des Moines Community School district, it is important to make contact with the District Registrar and the Director of Special Education. Your timely contact will assist us in working with you and your child to determine the most appropriate placement options.
  • Our school teams review the IEPs from your previous school district and implement programming that is similar to services you have received elsewhere. You are a part of your child’s team and have input into all decisions.
  • For preschool families, the first point of contact is the Intake Coordinator for Early Access/Early Childhood at Heartland AEA 11 (515) 270-9030.