Welcome to the Van Meter CSD website! My name is Deron Durflinger and I am the superintendent of Van Meter Schools. I would like to welcome you to our outstanding district.
Van Meter is a small, progressive school district about 15 miles west of West Des Moines and just south of Interstate 80 off of exit 113. The mission of Van Meter Schools is to personalize learning for each student's success, today and tomorrow. The district is housed in one building for all students in grades PK-12. This one-school model allows our approximately 1000 students to learn in an environment that is adaptable to each learners’ needs. It is a common occurrence for students to be in classes with students from multiple grade levels as students advance at a pace that works best for them.
Van Meter students have consistently scored above the state average on the ACT. Students averaged a composite score of near 23 over the last ten years. Van Meter students have also performed well on the Iowa Assessments as evidenced by over 90% of students in grades 3-11 being proficient or above in math and over 85% of students in grades 3-11 being proficient in reading. More information on how Van Meter students and staff perform can be found at the Iowa School Report Card developed by the Iowa Department of Education.
The Van Meter Community School District is committed to providing the best education possible for each of its students. Through collaborative efforts with Iowa Learning Online, DMACC, Kirkwood, Graceland, Iowa State, Central Academy, Madison County Academy, and Waukee’s APEX program Van Meter Schools are able to offer students classes in almost any area they are interested including: Virtual Reality, Project Lead The Way, Culinary Arts, Construction, Business, Technology and Communications, Human Services, Bioscience and Advanced Placement classes to name a few. This commitment to helping students learn within areas they are passionate about helps prepare all Van Meter graduates for careers and/or college. Our strategic plan for developing global-ready graduates can be found here.
With ample opportunity to participate in activities, Van Meter students have performed well outside of the classroom as well. This is evidenced by excellent drama productions, SLT, NHS, our State Qualifying Jazz Band, our National Qualifying FCCLA program, successful sports teams, and many other quality extra-curricular programs.
The 2020-21 seasons saw volleyball team, girls cross country team, and boys basketball teams qualify for the state tournaments and we won our first ever state track event, while the Girls Golf team won its 2nd 2A State Championship and the Baseball team won its third consecutive 2A State Baseball Title. It was a great year. With our success, we won our 3rd consecutive All-Sports WCAC Championship! Because of our supportive environment, students can easily find their niche or be an active member of many organizations, whichever they prefer.
Van Meter Schools are actively involved in implementing the Multi-Tiered System of Supports philosophy of instruction and the elementary was selected by the Iowa Department of Education as a pilot school for this model of teaching. To better personalize learning reports, Van Meter Schools uses a standards-based grading approach that not only focuses on content knowledge and skills but also emphasizes the dispositions and characteristics students need to be successful.
Van Meter is second to no other district when providing opportunities to learn while using technology. All students are provided with a MacBook Air in grades 6-12. Students in grades 1-5 have classroom sets of Chromebooks, and students in Kindergarten have classroom sets of iPads and access to Chromebook carts. The Secondary building has been identified as an Apple Distinguished School for its work. The Van Meter staff believes that providing students with the best tools enhances the learning opportunities we can provide.
Students have Spanish classes daily from Kindergarten through 8th grade as we push to help students be ready for a global community. Van Meter Schools is committed to developing the whole child and a focus on developing well-rounded, good people. Combined with quality instruction focused on student-centered classrooms, assessment for learning, rigorous curriculum, teaching for learner differences, and teaching for understanding, Van Meter students are challenged and taught in an environment designed to develop global, digital citizens who can collaborate, communicate, create, and think critically. For it efforts to teach and learn in today’s ever-changing world, Van Meter Schools was also recently recognized by Partnership for 21st Century Skills as an exemplary school in its Patterns of Innovation program.
Our website is designed to provide you with information about our school and the many great things we have going on in the classrooms and beyond. Be sure to check out the daily announcements, SeeSaw, Schoology, and Infinite Campus for important information as well. We welcome your input on ways we can improve communication and sharing of important information, and you are welcome to visit our building to see what is taking place at Van Meter Schools. I look forward to working with you in providing the best education possible for the students of Van Meter.