Facts About WDMCS

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.


Elementary Schools 2 serving grades K-6
6 serving grades PK-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 8810
Students Served 9,123
At-Risk 1.037
English Learners 1,339
Extended Learning Program 648
Free/Reduced Lunch 34.42%
Kids West Child Care Enrollment (school year and summer) 1,112
Minority Enrollment 3,184
Post-Secondary Enrollment 95%
Special Education Enrollment 921
Title 1 170

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 25.7 to 1
Junior High 12.4 to 1
High School 15.3 to 1

Student Achievement

ACT/SAT Composite Average 24.1/1,841
National Merit Finalist (since 1990) 278


Position Count
Certified Staff 650
Support Staff 556
Administrators 36