About Jordan Creek Elementary
Welcome to Jordan Creek Elementary! We are excited that you are here and look forward to working with all of the wonderful students and families in our school community. Jordan Creek Elementary serves approximately 750 students in preschool through sixth grade.
In the fall of 2019, after five years of being on our Leader in Me journey, we were proud to be recognized as a Leader in Me Lighthouse school, joining just 11 other Lighthouse schools in Iowa and 519 worldwide at the time. Leader in Me is an evidence-based, comprehensive school improvement model developed by Franklin Covey that empowers our students with leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. We focus on eight different leadership habits, including:
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
- Find Your Voice
Our building mission statement drives all that we do daily in growing leaders at Jordan Creek, as we believe every student we serve is a leader! “We will lead with compassion, learn with a purpose, and make a difference.”
4105 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265-5318
HOURS: 9:05 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 9:05 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
PRESCHOOL: 9:05-11:50 a.m. and 1:10-3:55 p.m.
Paul Wenger, principal
Annie Orsini, assistant principal
Jordan Creek History
Jordan Creek Elementary School was dedicated on September 13, 1992 and was known as Phenix-Jordan Creek Elementary School for the first year. The school was very unique in that students who filled the classrooms came from almost every school in the district. Many of the students attended Westridge, whose boundaries included the Jordan Creek neighborhood until the new school opened. A large contingent of students and families from Phenix Elementary School attended the new school for the 1992-93 school year while their school (the oldest elementary school in the district) was closed for extensive remodeling. Thus, the name Phenix-Jordan Creek Elementary School recognized this combination of school neighborhoods.
Jordan Creek Elementary School was the first building of a planned two-school campus (Valley Southwoods) with adjacent municipal buildings (West Des Moines Public Library and City Hall) all serving a growing residential neighborhood. Red and brown brick, with geometric blue roof accents, developed a color palette that harmonized with the subsequent development of the city/school campus as it has become known.
The school pinwheels "families" of 24 similar grade classrooms around a focal point open media center.