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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

Senior Cap & Gown Pictures


Cap & Gown pictures at 8:30 am

Homecoming Week


The 2017 RVM Homecoming festivities will take place during the week of September 25th      through September 29th.  The theme song selected for this year’s Homecoming is “Try Everything” by Shakira. We are encouraging levels to make posters for this week’s events.  The following activities are planned for this year’s Homecoming week:   Mon. Sept. 25:  … Read more »

Win-Win Collaboration for RVM and East


Gloria Gallegos is one of our students who loves chocolate milk. Her occupational therapist wanted to find a way that she could enjoy it on her own, so he roughed out an idea that found its way to a Computer Aided Design class at East, where a student took on the challenge of turning the idea into reality, designing and manufacturing a custom milk carton holder. Click the headline to find out how Gloria enjoyed a nice, cold chocolate milk … all on her own.

Basketball Jamboree-New Date


Date:     FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 Time:  Doors open at 5:30pm Tip off: 6:00pm Place: Roosevelt High School Gym-4419 Center St There will also be a raffle and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the door.          

Upcoming Events

Jul 04
Independence Day
Jul 10
School Board Meeting
Aug 14
School Board Meeting
Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 03
Labor Day – No School

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About Ruby Van Meter School

710 28th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

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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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