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Des Moines Christian Schools

Private | PK-12 | 860 students


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Posted May 27, 2013

DMCS is a wonderful school! I especially appreciate the teachers and staff who hold a Biblical world view. The teachers truly care about my children, desire for them to succeed academically, and are concerned for their spiritual well-being, development, and growth. The academic standards are high and behavioral expectations mirror Biblical values. No school can be all things to all people -- no school is perfect. However, I believe that DMCS does it's very best to provide a well-rounded education, teach the gospel and love the children entrusted to them.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2013

Our family has been part of DMCS for 7 years. We have never thought about leaving this school for another. As a parent, I am growing along side my daughter with her Biblical education. DMCS is an amazing school from the leadership, Christ based education and sports. We could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2013

Des Moines Christian School offers great Biblical teaching and many excellent opportunities for students. Academically, it lacks the ability to really challenge the brightest students at any level. The talented-and-gifted program is weak, and AP courses are lacking both in sheer number and in quality of teaching. The curriculum is definitely geared toward the average student with no differentiation in the classes. I would characterize the majority of my kids' teachers as "good," but not "great." I do appreciate the tremendous Biblical knowledge they have gained attending DMCS, but would love to see them take as much interest in academics and music as they do in athletics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2013

We have been a Des Moines Christian School family for 6 years, and have every intention of both of our children graduating from DMC. Each of our children has a very different personality and learning style, yet both have had success and enjoy learning. Our oldest child is in the Talented & Gifted program at DMC, and we have been very pleased with how Mrs Thiner has encouraged & challenged these students, as well as all teachers appropriately challenging both of our children academically. But from a fellowship perspective, that is where, as a parent, I feel Des Moines Christian really excels. The kind of support and encouragement our family has received from not only the teachers and staff, but also fellow DMC families has had such a positive impact on our own family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2013

We, as a family, are very strong proponents of Christian education and have had an exceptionally good experience at DMC for many years. Our kids are in an environment where the teachers share a love for Jesus. The teachers and administration help the students grow to be spiritually and academically strong young men and women. They pray with them. They counsel them in righteousness and they care about the direction of their lives. Chapel service is offered once a week with guest speakers. In addition to the spiritual strength of the school, the kids have received a top-notch education, as seen in part by their standardized testing scores. DMC consistantly ranks in top percentiles for students' scoring on ITBS and ACT scores. My only negative: I would caution the school to be careful with debt and to pay off current obligations before looking to expansion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2013

I student taught at Des Moines Christian. I really enjoyed the environment. The teachers were so welcoming. I would be delighted to go back and teach at Des Moines Christian. I love being able to go into each classroom and see each teacher talk freely about God. Mrs. Lowe is doing an awesome job and am very encouraged by her spirit! She is always positive and willing to listen to your students.

Posted March 14, 2013

This school is definitely a private school and definitely not a Christian school. It will look good from the outside but take it from a family on the inside, it is full of falsehoods and people whose last concern is upholding Christian principles.
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Posted July 31, 2012

Des Moines Christian has a great future in store. It has definitely struggled over the last few years after losing some excellent teachers, and the students felt it. The administration has switched hands, and with some new hires in upper levels I am hopeful DMC is going to excel again. Teachers have always cared about promoting the success and character of their students. Bible courses are strong, as are the arts and athletics. DMC is a great place to build community and get a great education; am excited to see what is in store for it.

Posted May 6, 2010

Pretty good school, some of the teachers are not the best, but that's from your point of view. The education is good, and it helps you be around good christian people.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 25, 2010

My daughter graduated from DMCS and was fully prepared for a 4 year college. My son has attended DMCS since kindergarten and we have found a loving, nuturing and well prepared teaching staff. He has made quality friendships throughout his 12 years at DMCS. He is ready for college. Great teachers, great administration, growth environment.
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Posted January 14, 2010

The school is good for elementary age, but very inadequate for high school. They have one high school counselor that is very disorganized and do not offer many classes. I truly regret sending my daughter there. She is now struggling in college and was not prepared for the rigors of college. Truly a disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 30, 2008

As an alumnus of this school I can now look back and see how this school did me a great disservice. I am now in college and really struggling to keep up with my peers who come from public schools throughout Iowa and the nation. The curriculum throughout high school is poor, particularly in science. Science taught from a Christian perspective is great, but did absolutely nothing to prepare me for college biology where I am expected to already know basic evolution theory. It may be great through elementary, but I would never send my child to this high school. I will be sending my child to public school, where they will have many more opportunities in education.
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Posted June 20, 2006

This school is the best school I have ever sent my children to. They have wonderful teachers, wonderful curriculum, the coaches are the best you could ask for, the music department is amazing! The list goes on, this school is all around the best thing you could do for your children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2005

this school has a very good student body of christian kids. I would definitly recommend this school. We have chapel days once a week wich are really fun. This school gets a definite two thumbs up!
—Submitted by a student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 2% 5%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
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  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
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  • 2 years old
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  • Christian
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13007 Douglas Parkway
Urbandale, IA 50323
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