West Des Moines Community Schools is making plans for the future that will impact our families and community. As part of our ongoing efforts to address space needs, we have collected feedback from families, students, staff, and our community over the last year. We’ve learned that our educational goals and practices may not align with our current physical spaces.
In short, instructional needs should drive construction solutions. Our emphasis must be on striving to do what’s best for learners in our diverse and changing world. What was considered a good education a decade ago is no longer enough for success in college, career, and citizenship today.
We understand the need to continually expand opportunities for personalized learning to meet students’ diverse developmental needs and abilities. Our role includes preparing students for what is next in their lives, and we believe students must have essential skills and integrity to communicate, collaborate, and solve problems as confident citizens.
With this in mind, the Board of Education approved in January 2018 the framework for our Facilities Master Plan.
Lisa Remy, Ed.D.
4-Year-Old Preschool through 5th grades
Reconfigure/remodel space at each elementary school
Grades 6 through 8
Valley High School as one 9-12 comprehensive high school with an
additional innovative career learning center for 9-12.
Walnut Creek Campus as 9-12 alternative high school with access to classes in the innovative, career-focused learning center
Innovative Career Center
Programming in the career-focused learning center could include some current career and technical offerings, and expand to provide a wide array of courses relevant to skills businesses are seeking in future employees. This recommendation could possibly add 4-Year Old Preschool programming and provide daycare as a fee for service.
Both buildings would fall under the umbrella of one high school, offering 9-12 students opportunities within both buildings. Students from both Valley and Walnut Creek can engage and connect in classes held in the innovative, career-focused learning center.
Examples of Innovation Center Programs
Innovation centers across the country focus on high-skill, high-demand careers that may or may not require a four-year education. The pathway to a fulfilling career should begin now, with students exploring potential professions so they can make informed decisions about their futures.
The programs offered would be based on business and industry demands, and WDMCS would consult with the local business community to gain insights into current and future needs.
Potential Course Topics
- Aerospace & Logistics
- Agriculture & Food Sciences
- Architecture & Design
- Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Construction Technologies
- Culinary & Hospitality
- Digital Media, Photography & Design
- Education & Child Development
- Engineering & Mechanics
- Environmental Sciences
- Global Business
- Health Occupations & First Responders
- Law & Criminal Justice
- Mechatronics & Energy
- Molecular Medicine & Bioengineering
- Multi-media Journalism
- Veterinary Medicine & Animal Sciences