Admissions Criteria

Our admissions criteria outlines three components of agreement between DMC and our families. It includes a spiritual commitment, academic and behavior standards, and a parent partnership agreement to uphold our mission. Establishing this foundation clearly communicates shared goals, expectations and commitment between DMC and our families.

     Spiritual Commitment

    Des Moines Christian School is united by a Statement of Faith grounded in scripture, with the purpose of unifying our families and staff with one belief statement.

    • Belief in the authority and reliability of the Bible as the inspired and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, truth and practice. All truth is God's truth (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).

    • Belief in the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God who is sovereign over all (Revelation 4:2; Psalm 45:6; 139:8; Isaiah 66:1). His sovereignty is seen in acts of creation (Genesis 1:1,31), salvation (John 6:44), and continual care (Matthew 10:29-31; Hebrews 7:25).

    • Belief in the Trinity, of the one true God (Matthew 28:19), the deity of Jesus Christ (I Timothy 3:16; John 1:1; 10:30), His virgin birth (Luke 1:30-35), sinless life (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 4:15), miracles (Mark 1:27; John 2:11), atonement for our sins by His blood sacrifice (Matthew 26:28), His bodily resurrection (John 20:1-9), ascension, His personal return in power and glory (Mark 16:19, 13:26).

    • Belief in the Holy Spirit as teacher of God's Truth (John 14:17) and as giver of new life in Christ and who unites all believers in Christ (Titus 3:5). 

    • Belief that man is the crown of God's creation. God endowed man with His image and gave him the responsibility to rule the earth (Genesis 1:26-27). Belief that sin has severely broken the relationships between God and man (Romans 3:23), man and himself, man and other men (James 4:1), and man and nature (Romans 8:20-22).

    • Belief that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came to earth to offer cleansing for man's sin, and to heal these broken relationships through His cross(Romans 5:1-2).

    • Belief that man cleansed through Christ must seek to live out his life in total commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord of life, which involves reestablishing all the original relationships God intended for him (Ephesians 4:1).

    • Belief in a need for clearly defined goals and objectives centered in the Word of God for the development and growth of the whole person (spiritual, mental, emotional, social and physical) and for the establishing of proper priority in an individual's life (Proverbs 1:7; I Corinthians 10:31).

    • Belief that God established the family as the basic unit of society. Parents are ultimately responsible for the instruction and discipline of their children. The Christian School is simply an extension of the educational process of the family and the church providing a supportive basis of encouragement to the family and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33;Proverbs 22:6).

    • Belief that a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and God's Word is necessary for those who are involved in the educational process (faculty, staff, administration and board) (II Timothy 3:16). 

    • We believe a true Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord by faith. We believe good works to be the inevitable result of true faith (Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8; James 2:17-18;I John 2:3-4).

     Academic and Behavior Standards
    • Students transferring from another school are required to provide academic records.  Report cards and transcripts demonstrate the student is an independent learner and the student has the ability to be successful in our learning environment.  Records also support passing grades, positive behavior, and minimal absences. Student applicants may be required to take an entrance assessment to determine academic suitability and supplement other data collected.
    • Students and parents must exhibit behavior, both in and out of school, that is consistent with DMC’s Christian values. Students with prior conduct infractions must have a successful year or semester before transferring to DMC.
    • DMC does not accept students expelled from other schools. 
     Parent Partnership
    • At least one parent or guardian must be a professing believer in Jesus Christ and provide a written Christian testimony. It is preferred that both parents provide written faith testimonies.
    • At least one parent must be in full agreement with and willingly sign the DMC Statement of Faith.
    • Student(s) and at least one parent are members of and/or regular attenders at a church in which the Bible is sincerely believed to be the inspired word of God which is the basis for all life and learning.