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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Des Moines District Curriculum

Science curriculum standards strive for students to become familiar with their natural world and themselves. Throughout elementary school, students will learn about age-appropriate subjects such as trees, the solar system and the human body. The middle school science curriculum expands upon these simpler subjects, teaching certain aspects of chemistry and earth science. High school students will have a wide variety of science electives to choose from, as well as recommended classes. Core curriculum classes include physics, chemistry, biology, earth and environmental science.

The Language Arts curriculum aims for students to develop literacy skills essential to post-secondary schooling and the work world. This means developing critical thinking skills through the study of fiction and non-fiction texts. In elementary schools, children are taught with an integrated approach that lays a solid foundation for the later years. By gradually challenging students with more complex texts each year, DMPS hopes to grow students into adept readers, writers and thinkers.

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Des Moines District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs

Des Moines Public Schools provide students with the opportunity to become engaged 21st Century learners and citizens. By offering programs such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Gifted and Talented and Special Education, DMPS gives every child the chance to thrive and succeed. In addition to Math, Science and Language Arts, DMPS also includes Career & Technology education as part of their academic curriculum, to reflect the changing demands of the 21st Century.

With the recognition that success in math can unlock many doors for students in our modern world, the Des Moines Public School aims for all students to learn concepts and procedures so that they can use math to solve real-world problems. Elementary school children learn arithmetic, fractions, decimals and are taught to analyze patterns and understand volume. Middle school introduces students to statistics and concepts such as linear equations and slope. High school curricula include solving quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, and basic trigonometry.

We currently cover the following Des Moines-area school district: Des Moines Public Schools.

Keeping Informed: Recent Des Moines Educational News

  • Prairie Trail Elementary Develops Flexible Literacy Program - This year Prairie Trail Elementary School put in place a new program to boost their students' reading skills. Principal Pam Dodge brought on Reading Teacher Amber Mortenson to work with children in the school. This new approach aims to bridge the communication gap between parents and teachers, and allow teachers to check student progress daily.
  • "Know Your Constitution" Contest - Thirteen students from Central Academy won the "Know Your Constitution" contest, hosted by the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division. Contestants were required to study constitution-related issues and then take a quiz. One hundred students were selected out of over 1000 across Iowa. A luncheon will be held at the West Des Moines Marriot hotel to honor these winners on January 11, 2013.
  • Des Moines Sees School Enrollment Increases - According to a recent report, K-12 enrollment in Iowa's public schools has climbed for the first time since 1996. A total of 476,245 K-12 students are currently enrolled in the state's public schools this year. That represents an uptick of 2,741 students, or 0.6 percent. Schools in Ankeny, Des Moines and Waukee experienced the greatest increases.

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Chalk Talk: How to Develop Good Study Habits

It might take students of any age some time to get back into the swing of things after summer or winter breaks. At times like these, solid study habits can be a big help. Some general good study habits include changing up the environment, studying different but related subjects in one sitting, spreading out study among many different sessions and taking practice tests. Finding a study buddy or a group with which to go over challenging concepts can also be a good way to prepare for tests.


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