Welcome to Admissions 

Selecting the educational experience for your child is an important decision. We are honored you are considering Des Moines Christian School (DMC).  

DMC partners with parents who have an active faith in Jesus Christ and we educate students striving for academic success.  As a Christ-centered community we all share in shaping a culture where students find a place to belong, an environment to flourish, and the relationships and memories they will carry for a lifetime. Our desire is for each student to reflect the Portrait of a Graduate as they progress through DMC. 

 DMC admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities.


Admission Criteria

Admission includes spiritual, academic, and behavioral criteria. If you would like to explore a partnership with DMC, please complete our Inquiry Form to make a connection with the Admissions Office. Once we process your inquiry, the Admissions Office will grant you access to our secure admissions portal. 

     Spiritual Commitment
    • At least one parent or guardian must be a professing believer in Jesus Christ and provide a written Christian testimony. It is preferred that both parents provide written faith testimonies.
    • At least one parent must be in full agreement with and willingly sign the DMC Statement of Faith.
    • Student(s) and at least one parent are members of and/or regular attenders at a church in which the Bible is sincerely believed to be the inspired word of God which is the basis for all life and learning.
     Academic and Behavior Standards
    • Students and parents must exhibit behavior, both in and out of school, that is consistent with DMC’s Christian values.
    • Student applicants may be required to take an entrance assessment to determine academic suitability and supplement other data collected.
    • Students transferring from another school are required to provide academic records.  Report cards and transcripts demonstrate the student is an independent learner and the student has the ability to be successful in our learning environment.  Records also support passing grades, a positive behavior, and minimal absences.
    • Students with prior drug, alcohol, or other similar issues must have successfully completed (including being 100% drug and alcohol free) a full year in a regular school program prior to admission. DMC does not accept students expelled from other schools.
     Statement of Faith
    What we believe.  
    1. Belief in the authority and reliability of the Bible as the inspired and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, truth and practice. All truth is God's truth (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).

    2. Belief in the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God who is sovereign over all (Revelation 4:2; Psalm 45:6; 139:8; Isaiah 66:1). His sovereignty is seen in acts of creation (Genesis 1:1,31), salvation (John 6:44), and continual care (Matthew 10:29-31; Hebrews 7:25).

    3. Belief in the Trinity, of the one true God (Matthew 28:19), the deity of Jesus Christ (I Timothy 3:16; John 1:1; 10:30), His virgin birth (Luke 1:30-35), sinless life (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 4:15), miracles (Mark 1:27; John 2:11), atonement for our sins by His blood sacrifice (Matthew 26:28), His bodily resurrection (John 20:1-9), ascension, His personal return in power and glory (Mark 16:19, 13:26).

    4. Belief in the Holy Spirit as teacher of God's Truth (John 14:17) and as giver of new life in Christ and who unites all believers in Christ (Titus 3:5). 

    5. Belief that man is the crown of God's creation. God endowed man with His image and gave him the responsibility to rule the earth (Genesis 1:26-27). Belief that sin has severely broken the relationships between God and man (Romans 3:23), man and himself, man and other men (James 4:1), and man and nature (Romans 8:20-22).

    6. Belief that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came to earth to offer cleansing for man's sin, and to heal these broken relationships through His cross(Romans 5:1-2).

    7. Belief that man cleansed through Christ must seek to live out his life in total commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord of life, which involves reestablishing all the original relationships God intended for him (Ephesians 4:1).

    8. Belief in a need for clearly defined goals and objectives centered in the Word of God for the development and growth of the whole person (spiritual, mental, emotional, social and physical) and for the establishing of proper priority in an individual's life (Proverbs 1:7; I Corinthians 10:31).

    9. Belief that God established the family as the basic unit of society. Parents are ultimately responsible for the instruction and discipline of their children. The Christian School is simply an extension of the educational process of the family and the church providing a supportive basis of encouragement to the family and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33;Proverbs 22:6).

    10. Belief that a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and God's Word is necessary for those who are involved in the educational process (faculty, staff, administration and board) (II Timothy 3:16). 

    11. We believe a true Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord by faith. We believe good works to be the inevitable result of true faith (Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8; James 2:17-18;I John 2:3-4).

    Accessing a DMC Education

    Christian education is an investment for your family. DMC wants to make this education accessible, and give every qualified, mission-appropriate student the opportunity to attend DMC.  All K-12 families are eligible for Iowa 529 Savings Account, the Iowa Tuition and Textbook Credit, and DMC Dollars. Families may also be eligible for transportation credits and needs-based tuition assistance. 

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     Iowa 529 Plan
    A College Savings Iowa 529 Plan is a type of investment account families can use to save for qualified education expenses, including K-12 tuition at DMC. Earnings in a 529 plan grow tax-free and are not taxed when they're withdrawn. In 2021, participants can deduct up to $3,474 of their contributions, per beneficiary, per parent to determine adjusted gross income for Iowa income tax purposes.
    Iowa Tuition & Textbook Credit
    Families can claim a credit of up to $250 for tuition and textbook payments on their State of Iowa income tax return. Consult your accountant and the Iowa Department of Revenue for more information on your specific tax situation and eligibility. 
    DMC Dollars
    • Gift certificates to local and national retailers and restaurants can be purchased through the nationwide program ShopWithScrip and a portion of the purchase is credited towards tuition or a student lunch account. In the 19-20 school year the average rebate was $170 per participating family. Learn more and sign up for the program. 
    Transportation Credit
    • Families may be eligible to receive reimbursement for transportation expenses from their public school district. For the 19-20 school year, the District reimbursement paid directly to parents averaged $418 per eligible student.  Eligibility and filing instruction are unique to each public school district.   
    Needs-Based Tuition Assistance 
    • One in five DMC students receive tuition assistance, and more than $725,000 was distributed in the 20-21 school year.
    • DMC begins accepting tuition assistance applications for the next school year in February. Priority submission deadline for applications is April 1. Links to the application are available in Lion Campus for  enrolled families. 

      We encourage all families who meet one or more of the following criteria to apply.

       1. Household size and income as established by the State of Iowa and facilitated through the Heart of Iowa School Tuition Assistance Organization (STO) 

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      2.  Households whose DMC tuition expense is approximately 12% or more of their gross income.

      3. Families with other special financial circumstances. 

    Tuition & Fees

    DMC operations are fully funded through tuition and fees. This allows us to deliver our mission of equipping minds and nurturing hearts to impact the world for Christ, while also focusing on strategic priorities for the future. 
    2021-2022 Early Education - 12 Grade Tuition and Fee Schedule  

    Let's Get to Know Each Other     

    We welcome the opportunity to get to know more about your family and give you an opportunity to explore how DMC can make an impact on your student. Please complete this short inquiry, and our admissions office will follow up with you.  

    Admissions Inquiry Form