K-12 New Families Tiger Enrollment

How Do I Enroll My Child For the First Time?

Step 1: Gather the following information to complete online registration.

Any documents can be scanned and uploaded online. You can also mail or drop off a copy of this document to the Registrar’s Office at the Learning Resource Center – 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines.

  1. Proof of residency. All new students must provide the proper documentation to establish proof of residency. The name and address on these documents must match the name and address of the parent or legal guardian of the student(s) being registered. Learn more about the types of documents accepted for proof of residency.
  2. Immunization Records. Iowa law requires a parent to verify proper immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella to enroll in school. Learn more about the types of immunizations needed based on your child’s age.
  3. Proof of Age. Proof of age is required for all new students to the WDMCS. In Iowa, a child must be five years old on or before September 15 of the year he or she starts school in order to enroll in kindergarten. For students in grades one through 12, proof is also required before your child can start attending school. Learn more about the documents accepted for proof of age.
  4. Health History. You will be asked to enter general health history information for each student you register. Depending on the age and/or grade of your student, additional information may be requested.
  5. Home Language Survey. All new students to WDMCS are required to fill out a Home Language Survey. If it is evident the student has a native language other than English, the child and family are referred to the child’s designated school for registration and assessment for possible ESOL services. This survey is available in 22 languages.
  6. Do Not Release Information. You will be asked if photos or videos of your student can be taken. In addition, this allows student information to be listed in school yearbooks and directories.

Step 2: Enroll online. Once submitted, we will contact your child’s prior school (if applicable) to request their records.

What Happens Next?

Once you enroll, you can pay fees, get school supply lists, sign up to volunteer, and more. A link to these options will be available soon.

  • Incoming kindergarten students should attend a Kindergarten Roundup and Storytime/Kindergarten Experience Event. This is a time to meet your child’s principal, school nurse, counselor, and kindergarten teachers and fill out additional paperwork. See the dates and times on our Kindergarten Roundup page.
  • Schools are assigned based on the student’s home address. If you are unsure which school your child should attend, check the district boundary map. You may also call the district registrar at 515-633-5101 to learn which area school your child will attend.
  • Kindergarten through third grade are limited to 26 students per classroom and grades 4-6 are limited to 28. Because of this, some of our elementary buildings do get full. If a neighborhood school is full, a newly enrolled student may be assigned or “capped-out” to another elementary building. Students who are capped-out receive free transportation.