The Open Enrollment law permits a wide range of educational choices for students enrolled in schools in Iowa. A parent/guardian may request open enrollment to a district other than the district of residence if application deadlines are met and/or a good cause (as defined by law) exists. Additional information is available at the Iowa Department of Education.

Paperwork must be completed by March 1, 2022 for grades 1-12 and by September 1, 2022 for Kindergarten.  However, classes do fill up and applications will be accepted in the order they are received.  It is wise to get your paperwork in as soon as possible.  Once a student is open enrolled to West Des Moines Community Schools, they do not need to apply again; yet, if another family member wants to open enroll, they must apply.

Once you complete the necessary paperwork, please mail to:

Peggy Epstein (Or email to Peggy Epstein at
Learning Resource Center

3550 Mills Civic Parkway

WDM, IA  50265


and to your resident district.

Once your open enrollment request is accepted, you will need to complete the online enrollment process.


Contact Superintendent Secretary

Peggy Epstein
(515) 633-5025