School News


Summer Assistance for Families in Need


If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.


High Tech Meets Visitor Sign-In at Wright


At DMPS, we work to ensure that students are receiving a great education in schools that are not only first-rate learning environments, but are also safe and secure. Over the years DMPS has taken many steps to better ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, parents and visitors. This spring and summer, DMPS will begin implementing an Electronic Visitor Check-In system for parents and visitors. Click on the headline to read more.


At Wright School, Solar Power is the Right Stuff


DMPS is well-known for being one of the nation’s leading school districts when it comes to energy efficiency. That legacy continues as a solar-powered hot water system has recently been installed at Wright Elementary School. The school’s system is the first of what will be a growing number across the district, another step forward in being cost efficient and environmentally friendly. Click on the headline to read and see more.


Dancers Give Artful Lessons at Wright


The renowned dance troupe Pilobolus is in town for a performance at the Civic Center. But dancers took to a smaller stage at Wright Elementary School, helping to incorporate the art of movement with school lessons. Wright is an Artful Learning school, an education model that instills the arts throughout a variety of subjects. Click on the picture to read and see more about a unique lesson for Wright students.

First kidstriders on new track

Kid Striders Club on our new track


Kid Striders Club meets every Thursday 3:30 – 3:50 p.m. until Thanksgiving.


Free Breakfast and Lunch at Wright


DMPS is offering no-cost meals to every student at Wright Elementary, and 36 other schools, during the 2015-16 school year. The U.S.D.A.’s Community Eligibility Provision helps schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. To read more, click on the image.

Upcoming Events

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3rd grade to Civic Center
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Nov 01
Pizza Hut Night
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Wright Elementary school is the only Artful Learning school in Des Moines. To learn more, click here.

About Wright Elementary School


5001 SW 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50315

P: 515-242-8442 | F:  515-323-8649 | E: 


The Artful Learning model consists of four main elements—experience, inquire, create and reflect—which encourage and support best teaching practices and improve the manner in which both students and teachers learn. Read More…

I welcome you to Wright Elementary School, a true treasure of Des Moines’s Southside!

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