Kindergarten

Welcome to Des Moines Christian School. Kindergarten is a big milestone for your child and family. A strong educational foundation is important to your child’s future success, as is spiritual and emotional development. 

At Des Moines Christian School, your child is known and prayed for—by their teachers and our leadership team. Teachers provide a caring, structured environment as children learn how to be successful at school.  

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We invite you to learn more about our mission to equip minds and nurture hearts to impact the world for Christ. 

Equip Minds

The Elementary Curriculum prepares students for lifelong learning through a strong academic base, while fostering spiritual and social growth. In kindergarten, early literacy skills are fostered through phonics-based reading and writing. Children grow in mathematics and experience a hands-on science program that allows them to investigate and explore. Students also enjoy special area classes in Spanish, art, music, library, physical education and STEAM.

Nurture Hearts

God’s Word is the foundation of our curriculum. Scripture is integrated into each subject, and the entire elementary school experiences chapel together weekly.  Students learn to be dynamic problem solvers and creative thinkers as they explore God’s creation, seek His truth, and grow in confidence of who God has made them to be.

Impact the World for Christ 

It’s hard now to imagine your child as a high school student, but during their educational  journey at DMC, we’ll be working together to help your child realize Our Portrait of a Graduate, our desire for graduates to be servant-hearted leaders, critical thinkers and effective communicators, accomplished learners and passionate apprentices of Christ. Teachers are purposeful in engaging students in meaningful service projects, which have included Soles for Jesus, care packages for chemotherapy patients, Operation Christmas Child and more. 

DMC Difference 

  • God is invited into our classrooms on a daily basis through prayer, chapel and service.
  • Our student to teacher ratio in kindergarten is 12:1. Each kindergarten classroom has a teacher and a full-time associate.
  • DMC is on the cutting educational edge--offering Spanish and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming to elementary students.
  • One in five students receive tuition assistance. More than $725,000 was distributed in the 19-20 school year.
  • Kindergarten through 12th grade students began required virtual distance learning immediately following Spring Break in response to COVID-19. 

We invite you to learn more about DMC and welcome the opportunity to provide a tour to you and your family, or take our virtual tour. To learn more about our kindergarten programs, contact Jill Frey, Admissions Director. Learn more about Admission Criteria

 Kindergarten FAQ

What is the length of the school day at Des Moines Christian School? 
Classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and school dismisses at 3:15 p.m. 

Is there a before and after school program? 
Yes! Care begins before school at 7:00 a.m. Students gather in The Great Room with supervision provided. 

After the Bell takes place from 3:15 -6:00 p.m. This program is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Parents need to sign their child up for this program. Contact DMCS Early Education at 252-2482 with questions or to register. 

Is hot lunch available? 
Yes. We contract with Hy-Vee to provide hot lunches. Box lunches are also available through DMC food services.  Learn more about our food services.  

What is the dress code? 
DMCS has a dress code that applies to all students and staff. Chapel wear is required once a week on chapel days. 

Do you have a weekly chapel service? 
Chapel occurs each Thursday morning from 8:35 a.m.-9:05 a.m. A variety of speakers present messages to our students. Chapel attire is required this day.  Parents and other special guests (grandparents, siblings, etc.) are welcome to join us for chapel each week. 

What kind of technology do Kindergarten students utilize? 
Kindergarten students have access to iPads, ChromeBooks, and MacBooks for instructional and enrichment purposes.

Do Kindergarten students go on field trips?
Yes, Kindergarten students are enriched through off-campus experiences.

Do you have service projects/faith-in-action projects? 
Students are involved in a variety of elementary service projects like Operation Christmas Child and providing supplies for high school mission trips. Projects vary from year to year.

Are there leadership opportunities in Kindergarten? 
K-5 students are taught the 7 Habits from the Leader In Me. Kindergarten students are provided with many opportunities to lead in their classrooms through job assignments.