About Westridge Elementary

  • Welcome to Westridge  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. Westridge Elementary serves approximately 750 students in preschool through sixth grade.  Alongside our strong core academic program, our school offers additional support services in the areas of Reading, Gifted and Talented, Special Education, and English to Speakers of Other Languages.  

    Our outstanding teachers are dedicated to educating responsible, lifelong learners so that each student possesses the skills, knowledge, creativity, self-worth, and values necessary to thrive in and contribute to a diverse and changing world.  We use a collaborative approach to meet the needs of all students and enhance student learning.  Through our innovative, evidence-based practices, our Westridge students perform at high levels and are prepared for the next step in their educational journey.  Westridge students are leaders who demonstrate responsible, respectful, safe, and caring behavior.  We believe in offering student leadership opportunities in our classrooms and as a school community, alongside direct teaching, modeling, and practice of positive student behavior.  

    Thank you for partnering with us on this journey in your child’s education.  Families are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher at any time.  We truly believe we are better together.

  • Address 

    5500 E.P. True Parkway
    West Des Moines, IA 50266-2884


    PHONE: 515-633-5400 
    FAX: 515-633-5499 

    COUNSELOR: Ayla Leopold, 515-633-5466
    NURSES: Anna ShullJulie Galloway: 515-633-5423
    SECRETARIES: Joanna Gilmore, 515-633-5425; Molly Molstead, 515-633-5424

    School Times

    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.

    Grades Served



    Beth Brewer, principal
    Jeannette Barnes, assistant principal

  • Westridge History

    Westridge Elementary is one of eight elementary schools in the West Des Moines Community Schools. Located in the southwest corner of the intersection of Interstates 80 and 35, our doors opened in 1990. Westridge is an 85,000-square-foot facility that was designed with learning in mind. There are four sections or classrooms at each grade level.

    The facility is divided into pods that create a school within a school. The media center acts as the hub for the school and is easily accessible from the classrooms. The floor plan, lighting, carpeting, even the natural lighting, contribute to an environment that incites learning. The National School Board Association, in cooperation with The American Institute of Architects, selected Westridge Elementary School for its 1991 Exhibition of School Architecture. The building was noted as the best designed facility for learning. We continue to find ways to use our building that will enhance the learning of our students.