Middle School Skills Academy

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As Des Moines Public Schools revisits our Return to Learn plan in light of recent events, the Middle School Skills Academy will not begin the week of September 14 as originally planned. However, please stay tuned for an update very soon as we work to make sure this opportunity is available for our middle school students at DMPS.

While the 2020-21 school year is beginning virtually at Des Moines Public Schools, and uncertainty continues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing extracurricular activities for our students. One example is our new Middle School Skills Academy. Designed primarily for 7th and 8th grade students, the program provide the chance to learn and develop skills in a number of fall and winter sports. Please read on for more details.

Fall and Winter General Programming Information:

  • Fall Program Dates: September 14 – October 28
  • Winter Program Dates: November 5 – December 22
  • Days of the Week: M, T, TH, F
  • Time Frame: 60 – 90 minutes
  • Start Time: Approximately 4:00pm
  • Primarily for 7th and 8th graders
  • Transportation: To Be Determined
  • Participant daily limits will be based on CDC guidance and staffing availability
  • Programs will run at individual middle schools instead of combining at high schools
  • Focus on skill development and life lessons (social/emotional development)

Registration Process:

  • No fee for participation
  • Middle School Skills Academy registration will be the same as Middle School Sports. Register Here
    • If you have already registered for Middle School Sports through Online School Registration you DO NOT need to fill this form out.
  • Physicals will be required (July 1st, 2019 and after are valid)
  • If you have any questions please contact your building’s Student Engagement Coordinator

Sports Specific Programming by Season:

Season Skills Development – Sport Indoor/Outdoor Plan to Participate
Fall Girls Cross Country Outdoor Yes
Fall Boys Cross Country Outdoor Yes
Fall Volleyball Indoor Yes
Fall Football Outdoor Yes
Fall Cheerleading Indoor Yes

Tentative Plans for Winter (Subject to Change) – November 5th – December 22nd, 2020

  • We will continually re-evaluate conditions to determine the viability of winter and spring sports.
Season Skills Development – Sport Indoor/Outdoor Plan to Participate
Winter Girls Basketball Indoor Yes
Winter Cheerleading (activity) Indoor Yes
Winter Wrestling / TBA Indoor TBA