Des Moines Christian School

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  • Des Moines Christian School's mission is equipping minds and nurturing hearts to impact the world for Christ.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1948

Student Body

Total Students971 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 13%
Students by Grade Des Moines Christian School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers47 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio21:1
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses4 courses
Advanced CoursesCalculus, Chemistry, Literature & Composition, U.S. History

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

School Notes

  • At Des Moines Christian School, our mission is to equip minds and nurture hearts to impact the world for Jesus Christ. This mission has been going strong in central Iowa for over 70 years and and currently impacts over a thousand students each day. We seek to integrate our mission into every aspect of our school; academics, athletics, fine arts, leadership development and service.
  • One of the things that makes DMCS so special is its sense of community. We have students, faculty, administrators, and families who embrace our mission and seek its growth in quality and effectiveness. Our teachers love each of their students well, and our educators enjoy tremendous support from our parents.
  • We are united in mission, but recognize the incredible uniqueness of God's creation. If you walk into our facility or receive an email from us, you will notice the phrase, Many Minds, One Mission. We know that each child is a special creation of God; different in gifts, talents, and interests. Our faculty is committed to continuous growth and improvement to meets the needs of each of their students, so they in turn can develop unique gifting to not only reach their full potential, but impact the world around them for Christ.
  • Des Moines Christian's greatest differentiator has always been an education that includes and seeks to honor Jesus Christ. You won't find perfect people or programs, but I think you will discover a community of Christ followers committed to academic and spiritual growth. And discover a pursuit of excellence here that is growing, changing, and improving the educational opportunities for our students, all for the glory of Christ.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Ankeny
    Grades: NS-12 | 350 students
    11.6 miles
    1604 West 1st St
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    11.6 NS-12
  • Des Moines
    Grades: NS-12 | 268 students
    12.8 miles
    1701 E 33rd St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    12.8 NS-12
  • Urbandale
    St. Pius X School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 355 students
    4.7 miles
    3601 66th Street
    Urbandale, IA 50322
    4.7 PK-8
  • Alton
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    Grades: NS-6 | 63 students
    147.2 miles
    908 6th Ave
    Alton, IA 51003
    147.2 NS-6
  • Atkins
    Central Lutheran School
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    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: PK-8 | 185 students
    99.4 miles
    310 3rd Street W
    Atkins, IA 52206
    99.4 PK-8

School Reviews

DMCS is a very warm and welcoming school... there are many good things about the environment. However, the upper level academics are lacking. There are few AP classes, no "honors" differentiated classes, and very little variety in most subjects. It's also bothersome that in many cases, real science is not taught... things are generally presented from a "young earth" and literal six-day creation viewpoint, and science that falls outside of that is generally refuted, often with Answers in Genesis materials. It does STEM kids a disservice to have these limitations. Not trying to bash the school, but an honest concern to point out that it's not for everyone.
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