About Valley Southwoods

  • My name is Mitchell Kuhnert, and I welcome you and your family to Valley Southwoods Freshman High School.  Along with my associate principal, Haley Henry, I look forward to working with you as your student starts their high school career. We strive to create a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive academically, while at the same time developing a student’s character and resiliency around our “Tradition of the Tiger” values: Thoughtfulness, Integrity, Grit, Empathy, and Respect.

    Valley Southwoods serves approximately 720 students all in ninth grade. We like to say students begin the year with a “fresh start” and start building a resume that will help them succeed in high school and beyond. Teachers provide high-quality instruction with the unique needs of ninth-graders in mind. They create lessons that are relevant and challenging and provide support to help all students learn.

  • Address 

    625 South 35th Street
    West Des Moines, IA 50265-2053


    PHONE: 515-633-4500 
    FAX: 515-633-4599 

    COUNSELORS: TJ Cox (L-Z), 515-633-4643; Tess Young (A-K), 515-633-4524
    NURSE: Jackie Dewater, 515-633-4521
    SECRETARIES: Courtney Eddy, 515-633-4515; Taylor Jarman, 515-633-4514; Alixandra Wimberley; Michelle Johnson, 515-633-4513

    School Times

    HOURS: 8:20 a.m.-3:20 p.m..
    COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesday 8:20 a.m.-2:35 p.m.

    Grades Served



    Mitch Kuhnert, principal
    Haley Hockensmith, assistant principal