Elementary Academics

At Des Moines Christian Elementary we love to learn. Whether discovering a great book, inventing in the STEAM labs, or leading worship in chapel, there’s always something new and exciting to explore.

Our core subjects of math, science, reading/language arts, and social studies are illuminated by a biblical worldview integrated throughout an engaging and rigorous curriculum. Our students and teachers eagerly discover God’s creation and His plan for their lives. Unique opportunities in special content areas--fine arts, foreign language, electives, STEAM, and more--make a DMC elementary education truly special.

Explore the categories below to earn more about curriculum distinctives at DMCS!

Elementary Chapel
Each Thursday morning, elementary students and staff gather for chapel--a time of worship, prayer, song, celebration, and learning from God’s Word. Chapel speakers include guests from the local community as well as DMC faculty and staff.The weekly service affords our school the opportunity to integrate the rhythms of worship into our day, orient our hearts and minds, and build life-giving community.
STEAM Education

As children of a creative God, we love to explore our gifts and creativity at DMCS. The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) integrated curriculum promotes the 4 C’s of 21st century learning: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.

DMC students of all ages apply their classroom learning to problem-based, collaborative projects. Intentionally designed spaces throughout our campus facilitate unique and innovative learning--including two state-of-the-art STEAM labs. Our students have designed and printed projects with our 3D printers, developed new skills through sewing and coding experiences, and learned to recognize failures as opportunities for discovery. And the possibilities keep growing! Even as they engage in fun-filled activities students are prepared for life beyond the classroom and the ever-changing workplace.


Faith in Action
Based on God’s commands in Luke 10:27--to love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself--DMC elementary’s Faith in Action is an integral aspect of your student’s education. The Gospel transforms our lives, and our joy in Jesus is poured out as we share His love and serve our classmates, our school, and our community. Each school year is unique as students are invited to consider how they’ll put their faith into action. In recent years students have made cards to encourage first responders and others in our community. Our fifth graders take turns helping with lunch clean up to serve their fellow students and the maintenance team. Some ministries have become traditions such as Operation Christmas Child, Meals for the Heartland, and honoring our military heroes and veterans. Whether through formal programs or day-to-day interactions, students of all ages learn to become doers of the Word as they boldly live for Christ.


K-5 students rotate through a series of specialized classes which provide a strong foundation in the fine arts, fitness, literacy, and technology skills. Throughout the week, students experience all of the following:

  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Library

Throughout the year students showcase their special skills through events including the annual Christmas concert, track & field day, and an art show.

Elementary Spanish
Our Spanish education program begins in elementary. Early exposure allows our young students to develop key language learning skills. Elementary students learn conversational basics and practice functional structures in the context of songs, drama, fun activities, competitive games, and more. Children not only learn to listen and speak but to read and write as well through activities that require increasing levels of engagement and understanding.
 Leadership Academy
Leadership is encouraged in students at all elementary levels through engagement in the Leadership Academy. Led by our elementary guidance counselor, the Academy utilizes principles from the Leader-in-Me program as well as biblical truth to facilitate social-emotional growth through the development of skills for leadership and life.
5th Grade Programs
Fifth grade is a unique time for our students. Fifth graders take on leadership roles on behalf of the elementary and enjoy opportunities to invest in and explore their own learning.

During each quarter, students choose a mini-course of interest to expand their learning. Elective topics have ranged from sewing and programming to digital design and 3D printing. Other activities have included woodworking, fishing, pottery, chess, knitting, and crocheting. The Elective series allows students to collaborate, create, and discover new areas of interest while having fun in the process.

Band & Choir
Students in 5th grade may participate in 5th grade band or choir. The courses provide an introduction to musical performance and equips young musicians to focus their gifts and talents as expressions of the beauty of their Creator. Band and choir students share their music through various on- and off-campus performances as well as ministry opportunities throughout the year.  

Catching Up With 5th Grade
Fifth-grade students use the Elementary school's digital media lab to write, edit, and produce this bi-weekly update about items of interest at DMCS. Students experiment with video editing while practicing interviewing techniques and key communication skills.

Student Council
The fifth grade student council gains exposure to unique leadership experiences that support their classmates, teachers, and community. Council members learn leadership and problem-solving skills as they help to shape the elementary school culture, assist with chapel, provide feedback on the electives program, serve as student ambassadors, and plan event days.

5th Grade Capstone  
DMCS fifth graders celebrate the culmination of their elementary experience with the capstone trip to Twin Lakes Bible Camp. The trip builds class community as students prepare for the transition into middle school through fun activities, worship, reflection, and service. Students are reminded of their identity as children of God and celebrate His work during their elementary years.