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First day of class is Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  Dismissal is at 1:25 pm.

Keller Williams Red Day

‘Red Day’ Targets Ruby Van Meter School


Dozens of Keller Williams employees took the day off from selling homes to help clean up Ruby Van Meter School in advance of graduation. The friendly bunch cleared weeds, cut back bushes, raked and rehabbed some of the landscaping. Keller Williams calls the service project, “Red Day” and you can read and see more by clicking on the headline.


Students Rally Before Special Olympics Meet


Ruby Van Meter students rallied in the gymnasium, getting pumped up for the spring Special Olympics meet April 8 at Simpson College in Indianola. Click the picture to see and read more!

Plymouth Grounds Coffee Shop

Ruby Van Meter School Serves Up Success


Ruby Van Meter students are serving up more than just coffee at Plymouth Grounds! Teacher Melinda Collins is making sure of it. Read all about their career adventure. Just click on the headline!

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Rick Lussie Music Appreciation Day


This year’s theme for Rick Lussie Day is “Fiesta!” Students will be breaking piñatas, making their own instruments, and learning how to salsa with the help of Salsa Des Moines.  There is a great line up of performers this year—including Maria Doud, Alicia O’Neal, C.W. Hobbs, and orchestra students from Harding Middle School and North … Read more »

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Ruby Van Meter Students Operate Coffee Shop


“Plymouth Grounds”, a coffee shop run by Ruby Van Meter School students and volunteers from Plymouth Church has been in operation since January 2012.  It is located on the 42nd Street side of Plymouth Church at 4120 Ingersoll. “Plymouth Grounds” is open to the public and offers a wide variety of coffee, drinks and pastries.  Customers … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 27
1:25 pm Adjusted Dismissal
Sep 01
Labor Day-No School
Sep 03
1:25pm Adjusted Dismissal
Sep 10
1:25pm Adjusted Dismissal
Sep 17
1:25pm Adjusted Dismissal

710 28th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
P: 515-242-8220 | F: 515-242-8223

About Ruby Van Meter School


710 28th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

P: 515-242-8220 | E: 


Ruby Van Meter is a special secondary school serving 180 students who have moderate and severe disabilities. There are a variety of age appropriate opportunities for students found in very few schools around the country. Read More…

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