About Crestview School of Inquiry

  • Tamara Tjeerdsma It is a genuine honor to have the privilege to serve as the director of Crestview School of Inquiry.  As I have heard from multiple sources, Crestview is a “magical place.” I believe that is a tribute to the amazing staff, students, and parents. Crestview has such rich diversity and the incredible collaboration of all stakeholders allows each student to thrive. 

    As a West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) administrator for several years, I have been able to develop and implement the vision that I would want in any building I am entrusted, including Crestview. 

    Crestview School of Inquiry implements the project-based learning (PBL) framework that encourages all learners to take ownership of their learning by building skills necessary for collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students master the core standards through authentic, real-world problems, which provide for deep learning opportunities.

    Tamara Tjeerdsma, director

  • Address 

    8355 Franklin Ave
    Clive, IA 50325


    PHONE: 515-633-5700 
    FAX: 515-633-5799 

    COUNSELOR: Teresa Fritz, 515-633-5739
    NURSE: Jennifer Anderson, 515-633-5704
    SECRETARIES: Lori Nicolet, 515-633-5701; Tamrin Wibholm, 515-633-5702

    School Times

    HOURS: 8:20 a.m.-3:10 p.m. | Breakfast: 8:05 a.m.
    COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 8:20 a.m.-2:25 p.m.
    PRESCHOOL: 8:20-11:05 a.m. and 12:25-3:10 p.m.

    Grades Served



    Tamara Tjeerdsma

  • Crestview History

    On opening day in December 1961, Crestview Elementary students found themselves surrounded by unpaved streets on a crest of land with a beautiful view in every direction. It was due to our surroundings that Crestview got its name.

    A dairy farm was adjacent to the playground and this prompted the recess rule: “Don’t go near the fence when the cows are out.”

    Crestview Elementary, along with Clive Elementary, became part of the West Des Moines Community Schools as the result of a merger vote in July 1962. Crestview has had seven principals. Harlan Hayek was Crestview's first principal followed by Jim Tussey, Beverley Roach, Jim Mayse, Martha Davis, Robert G.  Davis, Ed.D., Doug Stilwell, and Kevin Fangman. John Villotti is the present principal.

    In 2015-16, Crestview Elementary became a Project-Based Learning school and changed its name to Crestview School of Inquiry. Students learn through real-world projects, and all children are assigned a personal digital device.

    Since the fall of 1991 when Crestview became a three-section building, the school has had full enrollment in virtually all grade levels.