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.

    • The Bible
      WE BELIEVE the Bible is the only inspired and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, truth, and practice. (2 Timothy 3:10-17;  2 Peter 1:16-21; Deuteronomy 18:15-22; 2 Peter 3:14-18;  1 Timothy 5:18; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 3:5; Matthew 24:3; Numbers 23:19; John 17:17; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; John 16:12-15; John 1: 1-18)

    • The Triune God
      WE BELIEVE in the triune God, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit,  as affirmed in the historic Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. (Genesis 1:26, where God is first used in the plural; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:41-46; Isaiah 48:16 and 63:10; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21)

    • God the Father
      WE BELIEVE God the Father is almighty, merciful, infinitely perfect, eternally existing, and sovereign over all. His providence is seen in acts of creation, salvation, and continual care. (1 Corinthians 8:6; Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 3:20-21; Revelation 1:8; Isaiah 6:1-4; Matthew 5:48; Psalm 18:30; Psalm 90:2; Colossians 1:16-17; Matthew 19:6; Hebrews 1:3; Ephesians 1:11; Matthew 6:11; Psalm 139; Romans 11:36; Genesis 1-2; Ephesians 1:1-14; Psalm 103:8; Psalm 145:8; Exodus 34:6-7)

    • Jesus Christ
      WE BELIEVE in the eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, His virgin birth, miracles, sinless sacrificial life and death atoning for our sins, His bodily resurrection, and ascension. He now reigns together with the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit and through His Church. His imminent return will be in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. (John 8: 12-58; Galatians 4:1-7; Luke 1:30-35; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Luke 2:40; 2 Corinthians 4:20-21; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 8:26-27; Matthew 14:19-20; John 2:1-11; Mark 1:23-28; Matthew 26:26-29; Romans 3:21-26; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 9:23-28; Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20: 1-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15; John 1:1-14; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:2-3; 1 Peter 3:21-22; I Thessalonians 4:16; James 5:7-9; Revelation 22:1; 2 Peter 3:8-10; Revelation 20:11-15; Mark 16:19; Matthew 13:26; Matthew 28:19;  1 Timothy 3:16; John 1:1; 10:30, Luke 1:30-35; Romans 8:3; Hebrews 4:15; Mark 1:27; John 2:11;  John 20:1-9;  Matthew 26:28; Galatians 4:1-7; Luke 1:30-35)

    • The Holy Spirit
      WE BELIEVE that the person of the Holy Spirit is fully God and the active presence of God in the world today. He brings evidence of God's presence and blesses the Church as the giver of new life in Christ.  The Holy Spirit, cleanses believers from sin, sanctifies them, guides them in Christian living, gives assurance of salvation, teaches them through the illumination of God's Word, empowers Christians for service, and unifies them to one another in Christ. (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Isaiah 32:14-18; Psalm 104:24-30; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:4-8; Ephesians 1:11-14; 2:11-22; Numbers 27:18; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Romans 8; Galatians 5:16-26; 1 John 3:24, 4:13; John 14:15-2; Acts 2:16-18)

    • Salvation
      WE BELIEVE that all people are estranged from God because of sin (by our nature and our individual choice), condemned by our sin nature, under His wrath, and completely dependent upon the gracious saving work of Jesus Christ for reconciliation with God. Because Jesus Christ is now our representative and substitute, His sinless life, sacrificial death, and resurrection redeems those who turn from their sins and put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. God then justifies Christians and makes them His children and heirs of eternal life. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 1:18-2:6, 3:9-26, 5:6-21, 8:14-34; Genesis 3:1-19; Psalm 51; Colossians 3:25; 1 Corinthians 15:42-49; Hebrews 2:5-18, 4:15, 7:26; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 1 Timothy 2:1-6; Galatians 2:16, 3:23-26, 4:4-7, 28; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

    • The Church
      WE BELIEVE that the true Church is made up of all Christians from all time who, through grace alone and by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, are being transformed by the Holy Spirit and are necessarily united together as one body, visibly found in imperfect local congregations with Christ as the Head. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:11-22, 4:15-16, 5:25; Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; 2 Timothy 2:17-19; Romans 16:5,19; Colossians 2:19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Matthew 28:18-20) 

     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.