School News

Open House


Welcome back to school! Come join us for Open House on Wednesday, August 22nd from 4:00-6:00 p.m! You will have a chance to meet your teacher and visit you classroom. Bring your school supplies with you, and get them all put away so you are ready for the first day of school, Thursday, August 23rd.

2018-2019 School Supply List


Ruby Van Meter School Supply List 2018-2019 Every student will need: A swimsuit labeled with your student’s name. An extra set of clothes labeled with your student’s name. A backpack labeled with your student’s name. Additionally, please send the following items with your student: 1 plastic pencil box 1 package of pencils 1 package washable … Read more »

Ruby Van Meter Hours for 2018 – 2019


Ruby Van Meter School hours for 2018 – 2019 will be 8:30 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. This change may require some adjustments to your home and childcare schedules. Please start looking at your options now, so you are ready for school to start on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Online Registration Begins July 16th!


Every student needs to be registered every year. Online registration begins July 16, 2018. Begin by going to the Parents Tab on the Ruby Van Meter School website. Click on Infinite Campus and log in using your Parent Portal Username and Password. (Call the school at 515-242-8220 if you need help.) Look at the lower … Read more »

Homepage Feature

Smouse + Ruby Van Meter: Improving Programs


For nearly a century, DMPS has worked to improve education for students with disabilities. Today, more students are able to attend neighborhood schools rather than need a special school. Those changes plus a commitment to providing the best continuum of services to students is leading to another change: the merger of Smouse Opportunity School with Ruby Van Meter School. Click the headline to read an important message from the Superintendent.

Spring Conferences


February 27 – 3:45 pm to 7:00 pm March 1 – 3:45 pm to 7:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Nov 20
School Board Meeting
Nov 21
No School
Nov 22
Thanksgiving Break – No School
Dec 11
School Board Meeting
Dec 24
Winter Break – No School

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: 

New School Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM


Ruby Van Meter was established in 1973 as special school that serves secondary students that have significant intellectual disabilities.  Read More…

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Ruby Van Meter School.

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