The Grimes Elementary building is located south of Highway 44 at 500 SW James Street. The DC-G elementary buildings are based on the neighborhood school concept. Grimes and Dallas Center students in grades K-3 attend the building in the town they reside. All of the DC-G 4th and 5th grade students attend the Dallas Center Elementary building.
The Grimes Elementary building as of the fall of 2006 will be the oldest building in our district, 16 years! Not many school districts in Iowa can boast this!
Grimes Elementary currently has a student population of 519. In addition to our K-3 classrooms. We provide additional resources for students through Reading Recovery, Title I, Special Education, and TAG programs. For students between the ages of 3 and 4+, we offer a preschool program, and an optional kindergarten class for those who are school age, but aren't quite ready for full-day kindergarten.
Forty-one teachers and twenty-eight support staff also aid in the learning environment for our students. All are dedicated professionals having high expectations for our students and of themselves.
We are blessed with a community and board of education that support smaller classroom sizes. Our average size in Grimes is 19 students.
We have much to offer at DC-G Elementary! I have told many parents coming to visit our school, that DC-G is "the hidden jewel" just outside the suburbs of Des Moines!
In the event you need more information, please feel free to contact Ann Bass, DC-G Elementary Director of Elementary Education, Grimes Elementary Principal at, firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 515-986-4057, ext 224; or visit our school website, www.dc-grimes.k12.ia.us.
Dallas Center Elementary
The Dallas Center-Grimes School District and Mrs. Marsha Fagen, Elementary Principal would like to welcome you to the Dallas Center Elementary. We were pleased to open this new facility on January 3, 2002. We currently enroll K-3rd Dallas Center students and all the fourth and fifth graders in Dallas Center and Grimes. The enrollment this year is 407 students. We have another elementary located in Grimes for K-3 students. The middle school students, 6th-8th, are in a new building located in Dallas Center this fall and the high school students attend school in a new facility west of Grimes that opened the fall of 2002.
The staff at Dallas Center Elementary is dedicated to teaching so that all students learn. Learning activities are designed to promote academic, social, and personal growth in students. We have 31 teachers and four support staff that continues to provide many educational opportunities that meets the needs for all students. We provide and support the following programs: Reading Recovery, Title I Reading, special education, Student Services, and Talented and Gifted Program. All students are offered art, physical education, vocal music, 5th grade band, guidance, and library media on a regular basis. For students between the ages of 3 and 4+, we offer a preschool program, and an optional kindergarten class for those who are school age, but aren't quite ready for full-day kindergarten. Optional Kindergarten is half-day everyday and kindergarten is full-day everyday. Our average class size is 19 students. The Dallas Center-Grimes School Board and community really support smaller class size and our district has been fortunate to be able to provide that.
The Dallas Center-Grimes Elementary Buildings consist of the following curriculum:
- Reading - Balanced Literacy Program. We have two guided reading libraries, one for each building, thanks to a very active PTO.
- Phonics - VoWac. A systematic and explicit program emphasized at the lower grades.
- Handwriting - Zaner Bloser
- Math - Houghton Mifflin, lower grades and McGraw Hill, upper grades enhanced by many manipulatives. The fifth grade math program pretests students before each unit and then students are divided by their level for instruction. Each day at the fifth grade level math is taught from 9:00 to 10:00. This is also a transition for students to learn to adjust to different teachers for instruction for the Middle School.
- Science - FOSS kits at each grade level.
- Social Studies - McGraw Hill, Weekly Readers, and Service Learning Projects
- CHARACTER COUNTS - Caring, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, and Citizenship.
You are more than welcome to visit our elementary buildings at anytime or call for more information at 515-992-3838. You may also contact Marsha Fagen, Dallas Center Elementary Principal, via the following e-mail address: email@example.com.
Welcome to DCG Middle School
The middle school is a separate building made up of grades six, seven and eight. Our purpose is to provide a school setting that considers the transitional period from childhood to adolescence. Because middle school students undergo enormous intellectual, physical, social and emotional changes during this period, a unique school program has been designed. We offer exploratory classes that have not been provided in elementary school, and hands-on learning opportunities that a child will remember for a lifetime! Additionally, each child will belong to a small advisory group of 10-15 students who will meet on a daily basis with a staff member who serves as their advisor. During advisory time, students will work on setting goals, planning community service projects, learning how to work on a productive team, and refining their leadership skills. Most importantly, the child's advisor will be his/her number one advocate as he/she deals with the daily challenges of adolescence. Our goal at the middle school is to provide an atmosphere where all students can live, learn and grow to their full potential.
For additional information, please visit our website at http://www.dc-grimes.k12.ia.us.
Welcome to the Dallas Center-Grimes High School.
We have great things happening at DC-G High School!
We have 36.5 FTE staff members serving about 495 students in grades 9 -12. Our student to teacher ratio is approximately 13.6 to 1.
Parents and community members are very supportive of the school. Attendance at Parent-Teacher conferences has been 85%-90%. We have strong parent support groups with the Booster Club for our athletic programs and FOFA (Friends of Fine Arts) for our fine arts programs.
Parent communication is very important. We have two prime systems of communication set up: Progress reports and Infinite Campus. Also, parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate by telephone and through the e-mail system.
Through Infinite Campus, parents can access their child's grades. These are web-based, so all grades viewed are "real time" as the teacher enters each graded task.
Our core programs of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies offer advanced classes such as Advanced Grammar and Composition, Calculus, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Advanced Biology and Chemistry, and Advanced History, Sociology and Psychology as outlined in our course descriptions. In addition, we have access to several on-line AP courses.
DC-G High School offers a variety of elective programs:
- Computer classes -- including programming, CAD, microcomputer systems and networking at DMACC West
- Vocational Agriculture with FFA
- Industrial Technology using the ABC curriculum in the areas of building trades and electricity
- Family and Consumer Science
- Foreign Language -- Spanish and French
- Visual Arts
- Instrumental and Vocal Music -- with select extracurricular groups for Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Show Choir and Chamber Choir
- TAG (Talented and Gifted) Program that allows student to investigate areas of interest in depth, including a variety of academic competitions
DC-G offers a wide variety of activities available in the academic, athletic, and fine arts arenas.
Our counseling program spans the range from college and career planning to academic assistance to helping with personal problems and working to prevent students from dropping out of school.
I am very proud of the staff at the high school. They are committed to helping students succeed in all areas of their lives. The staff works with students outside the school day academically and also through coaching and sponsoring extracurricular activities.
Please visit our website for more complete information at www.dc-grimes.k12.ia.us.
Colleges and Universities:
Close to Grimes
For students young and old, numerous educational opportunities are only short commutes from Grimes. Des Moines is the home of Drake University, Grand View College, Des Moines Area Community College, Hamilton College, Des Moines University, and AIB College of Business.
Nationally accredited and highly respected universities are within a reasonable distance from Grimes. These include Iowa State University in Ames, the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Still more quality educational facilities in the area include Drake University in Des Moines, Simpson College in Indianola, Open Bible College in Ankeny, and Hamilton College in Des Moines.