Provide innovative instructional leadership to administer a high quality learning environment and educational program. Responsible for collaboratively planning, implementing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the educational program, staff and support services and directing the business/fiscal affairs of the building.
Valley High School (VHS) is located in West Des Moines, a suburb of Des Moines with approximately 55,000 residents. VHS is a three-year comprehensive high school with approximately 1,900 students. It emphasizes the Four A’s of education: Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics. The four A’s system is designed to give students a wide range of experiences and knowledge while in high school. Valley strives to provide students with a high-quality education that includes exciting and unique opportunities and challenges that will stretch their minds and abilities. A Parent-Teacher Organization and active athletic, music, debate, theater, and drama booster clubs support our students. Accreditations: State of Iowa, North Central Association
Facts About Valley High School
202 total teachers, administrators, and support staff
15:1 student to certified staff ratio
48 credits are required for graduation
More than 200 course offerings; 35 offer dual credit from Des Moines Area Community College
6 world language courses offered
21 Advanced Placement (AP) classes; In 2014, 576 students took a total of
1,076 tests. In 2013-14, 170 students were recognized as AP Scholars.
4 core areas that offer an Honors Diploma
70 percent of all students participate in activities outside the classroom
21 varsity athletic programs offer opportunities for interscholastic competition
1 Infinite Campus Portal providing parents and students real-time access to their personal grades, attendance, and daily announcements.
For more than 100 years, the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) has been preparing learners for life.
We are the ninth largest district in the state with more than 9,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students, approximately 1,200 employees and 13 schools. The WDMCS is a public school district accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.
Located in central Iowa, the WDMCS is part ...of a vibrant suburban area directly bordering the state capital of Des Moines. BusinessWeek recently named our community one of the best places to raise children and Money Magazine named it as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.
Working with our community members and parents, we endeavor to inspire joy in learning.
Our high school alone offers more than 190 courses that allow students to discover their passion. There’s more:
We have one of the state’s only Artful Learning schools, inspired by Leonard Bernstein.
Students begin learning Spanish in the first grade, and our high school offers more foreign languages than nearly any other school in Iowa..
Students can play in an orchestra here as early as fourth grade; in a band as early as fifth.
Our high school was the first Grammy® Signature School award winner.
This is just a glimpse of the diverse and engaging life in the WDMCS. We welcome you to learn more about us.