Welcome to the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS)! Thank you for choosing WDMCS for your family.

Whether you are new to our district, enrolling a first-time or returning student, or interested in the within-district transfer option, we are happy you chose to join our district family!

I want to enroll…

a preschooler

a kindergartner

a student new to WDMCS this year

a student continuing with WDMCS this year

Additional Options

Within-District Transfer

A within-district transfer (voluntary transfer) student is a child who lives in one school boundary area in the WDMCS, but requests to attend a school in another boundary area within the WDMCS.  Parents who are approved for a voluntary transfer agree to limited transportation options from the district or provide their own transportation to and from school.

Within-District Transfer Information

Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment law permits a wide range of educational choices for students enrolled in schools in Iowa. A parent/guardian may request open enrollment to a district other than the district of residence if application deadlines are met and/or a good cause (as defined by law) exists.

Open Enrollment Information

Home Schooling

The WDMCS Home School Assistance Program has been offering support to families who wish to educate their children at home since the early 1990s.

Home School Information


Preschool Enrollment

Tiger Cubs is our WDMCS preschool program. There are Tiger Cubs Preschool programs at Clive Learning Academy, Crestview School of Inquiry, and Fairmeadows, Jordan Creek, Western Hills, and Westridge elementary schools.

Online Tiger  Cubs preschool enrollment starts in January of each year. For example, enrollment for 2020-21 Tiger Cubs preschool will start in January 2020.

Learn more about Tiger Cubs

Learn more about other preschool opportunities


Kindergarten Enrollment

Online kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year starts Oct. 1. For example, enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will start Oct. 1, 2019.

Enroll a kindergartner


New Student Enrollment

A new WDMCS student is one who is enrolling in WDMCS directly after attending in another district. New students can enroll year-round but most enroll for a new year during the preceding summer.

Enroll a new student.

Do you want to enroll a kindergartner in the current 2019-20 school year? See the New Students Tiger Enrollment page.


Returning Student Enrollment for Grades 1-12

A returning WDMCS student is one who attended a WDMCS school during the last/current year and is enrolling in WDMCS again for the coming year. All WDMCS students enroll online through Infinite Campus each year. Instead of providing or filling out all forms, returning students update and/or verify their information during this “Tiger Enrollment” process. Tiger Enrollment takes place each summer for the following school year.

Update information for continuing WDMCS students.

Were you enrolled in another district most recently (even if you’ve attended WDMCS before)? See the New Students Tiger Enrollment page.