District News
  • [-] Katie Meegan and Jon Parrott Receive Award at B&N

    We'd like to thank everyone for attending the special educator celebration at Barnes & Noble Jordan Creek this past Sunday, April 13. Katie Meegan's essay was selected by Barnes & Noble out of all metro middle and high school students... [read more]

  • [+] Tdap Immunization Booster For Incoming 7th-Grade Students

    Attention Parent/Guardian of 7th-grade students for fall 2014 school year:Beginning the fall of 2013 and all future school years, the State of Iowa requires all students entering, advancing, or transferring into 7th grade and born on or after September 15,... [read more]

  • [+] Join Us April 3rd At 4pm For A Ribbon-Cutting Event At UHS!

    In partnership with the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, the Urbandale Education Foundation extends an invitation to all community members to attend a special partnership celebration and ribbon-cutting event at Urbandale High School (UHS) on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4:00... [read more]

  • [+] Governor's Celebration of Excellence Conference April 2nd

    The Urbandale Community School District will receive a 2013 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence (IRPE) Award and has been invited to present at the Governor’s Celebration of Excellence Conference on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Meadows Conference Center in... [read more]

  • [+] UHS Students Partner With Bridgestone Executives

    How can education better prepare students for a future that is yet to unfold? That question is at the core of the Urbandale Community School District’s fundamental quest for transforming education and is the impetus for a group of seven... [read more]

  • [+] Adventuretime Summer Registration Begins March 24

    Adventuretime Family Services 2014 Summer Program InformationWelcome Urbandale families! We’re hard at work planning a summer of activities that will be sure to engage, inspire, and help your child feel comfortable being part of the Adventuretime team! We’ll be offering ten weeks... [read more]

  • [+] Students Step UP To Develop The #1 Skill College Grads Need

    The Urbandale Community School District has applied feedback received from business leaders regarding essential skills for a 21st Century education in order to create the forward-thinking Step UP initiative. Step UP (UP stands for Urbandale Presentations) focuses on providing the... [read more]

  • [+] Nate Kaeding Presents At UHS J-Hawk Foundations Program

    The Urbandale Community School District recently welcomed former Iowa Hawkeye All-American and NFL Pro-Bowl Kicker, Nate Kaeding to Urbandale High School as part of a series of motivational speakers supporting J-Hawk Foundations; a custom-designed, research-based program centered on building excellence,... [read more]

  • [+] State and Business Leaders Enhance Professional Dev Day

    For over four years, the Urbandale Community School District has been integrating Quality and Continual Improvement (Q/CI) theories and practices throughout the district with the ambitious goal of transforming education. At the core of this transformation is a commitment to... [read more]

  • [+] Band Summit Develops Mentorship, Leadership & Friendship

    Urbandale High School recently hosted its fifth-annual Urbandale Band Summit designed to provide aspiring student musicians with mentorship, leadership and relationship-building skills. The morning opened with the high school bands collaborating in master classes facilitated by professional musicians. In the... [read more]

  • [+] Kindergarten Parent Information Night: Tues. February 18

    The Urbandale Community School District invites families to attend the upcoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Families within the Urbandale district,or those considering open enrollment, with kindergarten-age students for the 2014-2015 school year are welcome to... [read more]

  • [+] Preschool Online Pre-Registration Now Open

    Welcome Preschool Families Our Urbandale Preschool Team would like to extend a warm welcome to all incoming preschool families. Preschool is such a special time in your child’s life and we’re thankful for the opportunity to help your child discover, learn,... [read more]

  • [+] Iowa State Bar Competition Names Four UHS Finalists

    Of the more than 1,000 student participants across Iowa, four Urbandale High School seniors, Lucas Delfs, Grant McDowell, Morgan Muell and Sarah Wueve were selected to be among the 100 finalists in The Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division... [read more]

  • [+] UHS Teacher Awarded Nobel Educator of Distinction

    Gloria Peters, Urbandale High School science teacher, was recently selected by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. Taylor Porter, junior at UHS, nominated Peters for her enthusiasm for student learning, dedication... [read more]

  • [+] Valerius Students Make Big Donation To King Elementary

    What does one do with spare change these days? Students at Valerius Elementary in Urbandale answered that question by participating in a week-long Scholastic fundraiser, All for Books™, which resulted in $1,425 being donated to King Elementary in Des Moines.... [read more]

  • [+] International Students Select UHS For Rewarding Experience

    The Urbandale High School International and Foreign Exchange Student Programs are sought after by many international students due to their reputation for providing a welcoming and enriching cultural experience. When international students look to study in America they apply to... [read more]

  • [+] UHS Aspiring Artists See Their Sculptures Brought To Life

    It’s not every day that high school students have the opportunity to collaborate with a leading manufacturing firm in order to provide direction for building their final class project on a life-size scale, but in the 3D Art class at... [read more]

  • [+] UCSD Presenting At National Quality Education Conference

    The Urbandale Community School District has been invited to present at the 2013 National Quality Education Conference, “Creativity and Innovation: Keys to 21st Century Learning,” taking place November 17-18, 2013, in Milwaukee, WI. Urbandale’s presentation will provide insight as to... [read more]

  • [+] Take the Polk County Emergency Mgmt Survey (5 Questions)

    The federal government requires all states and local governments to have hazard mitigation plans approved by FEMA that are consistent with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). This is required to maintain eligibility for certain types of federal... [read more]

  • [+] Jon Parrott: 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year Finalist

    With over 26 years of outstanding contributions in teaching, leading and facilitating learning, Jon Parrott, Eighth Grade American History Teacher at Urbandale Middle School, received the prestigious honor of being selected as a finalist for the 2014 Iowa Teacher of... [read more]

  • [+] Huge Success: 15th Annual ESL Clothing Drive

    This past weekend, the UCSD held its 15th Annual ESL Clothing Drive at Karen Acres Elementary. The clothing drive offers newcomer ESL families in the district with clean and free items. The focus for this year’s drive was on children’s... [read more]

  • [+] OfficeMax Honors Karen Acres Elementary Teacher

    Third Grade Karen Acres Elementary Teacher, Katie Treanor, was happily surprised when a team from OfficeMax visited her classroom Tuesday to honor her with the “A Day Made Better” award. Through the annual program, OfficeMax surprises 1,000 teachers across the... [read more]

  • [+] Urbandale Community Theatre's New Performance Venue

    Urbandale Community Education is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with the Urbandale Community Theatre. Beginning this summer, the Urbandale Community Theatre will hold an annual performance of a Broadway musical production in the Performing Arts Center located at Urbandale... [read more]

  • [+] Flu Vaccine Clinics

    Polk County Health Department will offer Flu Vaccine Clinics for Urbandale students, staff, families, and community members. The clinics will be October 2 and October 23, 4-8 PM, in the Urbandale High School Commons.Both the mist and injectable vaccine will be... [read more]

  • [+] What A Game! Congrats J-Hawks For 50-40 Win!

    Congratulations to the Urbandale J-Hawks for a 50-40 win over the Johnston Dragons on Friday, Sept 13. To quote Andy Hamilton, DM Register reporter, "The seventh-ranked J-Hawks...held off the Dragons... at Johnston in another game between the two schools that... [read more]

  • [+] 15th Annual Children's Clothing Drive: Donate by Sept 20

    Donations for the 15th Annual ESL Clothing Drive are being accepted now through Friday, September 20, 2013 at Karen Acres Elementary. This event is designed to offer newcomer ESL families in the district with clean and free items. The focus... [read more]

  • [+] DM Register Spotlights UHS Chemistry Lab

    The Des Moines Register developed an extensive photo gallery spotlighting Urbandale High School students working in Mr. Hammerand's chemistry class on Thursday, August 29. Students were conducting a Metric Measurement Lab in order to develop and increase their knowledge of making... [read more]

  • [+] 2013-2014 Back-To-School Information

    We’re excited to kick-off the 2013-2014 school year in Urbandale! For our students and families attending Rolling Green Elementary, your school year is already underway and we’re thrilled to have you with us!Included below is a consolidated list of key... [read more]

  • [+] UCSD Delivers A Comprehensive Strategic Plan

    The Urbandale Community School District has delivered a five-year, board-approved strategic plan entitled ‘Transformation to Excellence: Our Moral Imperative.’ Over 50 Urbandale school board members, administrators, staff, parents, education leaders, business visionaries, and community members partnered together for the development... [read more]

  • [+] UHS Show Choir To Perform At The IASB Convention

    The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) has selected the Urbandale High School Show Choir, Studio 2014, as the student talent group that will kick off their 68th annual convention on November 21, 2013, at the Iowa Events Center in... [read more]

  • [+] Julie McKibben Receives the 2013 Hero in Education Award

    On June 14, 2013, the Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines celebrated the dedication and heartfelt connection Julie McKibben brings to all her students by presenting her with the 2013 Ken Lepley Memorial Hero in Education Award as well as... [read more]

  • [+] Job Opportunity with Durham School Services

    Durham School Services are now hiring bus drivers in Urbandale! Please click on the attached link for more information.

    More information...

  • [+] Health Screenings Information
  • [+] New Vision Screening Law

    On April 8, 2013 Iowa passed a law requiring vision screening for students starting kindergarten and again prior to third grade. Vision screen may be completed by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist or at a physician’s office, child care center, free... [read more]

  • [+] Thank You For Attending the UMS Ribbon Cutting

    Thank you to all of the Urbandale students, teachers, parents, staff, board members, past board members, city leaders, administrators, past administrators, and the Urbandale Chamber team that attended last night's ribbon cutting ceremony at the Urbandale Middle School. We appreciate... [read more]

  • [+] UHS Students Receive First Place and National Honors

    What do 44 countries, over 2,900 middle and high school teams, and a group of Urbandale High School students all have in common? They all recently competed in the challenging and prestigious Purple Comet! Math Meet, an annual international online... [read more]

  • [+] Urbandale Launches Innovative Quality Showcase

    In a steadfast quest toward transforming education, the Urbandale Community School District launched the Quality/Continual Improvement (Q/CI) Showcase; a new section on the district Web site. The purpose of the Showcase is to share Urbandale’s unique perspective for redesigning learning... [read more]

  • [+] UMS Student's "Doodle 4 Google" Art In National Contest

    8th Grade UMS student, Marissa Frost's, artwork has been selected to represent the state of Iowa in the Doodle 4 Google artwork competition. In its sixth year, Doodle 4 Google is a national contest for students in grades K-12 that... [read more]

  • [+] Urbandale Special Education Program: Transforming Lives

    The Urbandale High School Special Education Program, supporting students with severe or profound intellectual disabilities, has been redesigned to better support and empower students both inside and outside the classroom. The program embraces students with intellectual disabilities with a holistic... [read more]

  • [+] UHS Students Share STEM Insights With Lt. Governor

    Six UHS students, Will Admussen, Michael Clinkscales, Parker Howard, Sam Johnson, Aaron Jones, and Steve Maynard, had the opportunity to meet with Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds on Wednesday, March 13, and share their findings about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and... [read more]

  • [+] UHS Students Named National Merit Finalists

    Of over 1.5 million entrants, Urbandale High School students, Michael Clinkscales and Parker Howard, have earned the prestigious honor of being named 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists. In order to become finalists, Clinkscales and Howard achieved high scores on... [read more]

  • [+] Urbandale Team Members Make Time To Give Back

    Tim Carver and Dan Davis are featured in the Urbandale Living Magazine cover story, A Helping Hand. Congratulations Tim and Dan - we are thankful for your many contributions both inside and outside the classroom.  [read more]

  • [+] Hy-Vee IT Team Mentors Urbandale HyperStream Club

    To answer the growing trend of high-tech talent leaving Iowa, the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)  has developed a proven, strategic program, called HyperStream. HyperStream partners middle and high school students with ambassador companies that help mentor, educate, and strengthen... [read more]

  • [+] Karen Acres Honors Visit From Oprah's Favorite Guest

    Supporting the Urbandale vision of being a district that brings learning to life for everyone, Karen Acres Elementary School displays artwork commemorating the noteworthy visit from Oprah’s All-Time Favorite Guest, Dr. Tererai Trent. The painting is titled, “Break the Sky,” and... [read more]

  • [+] Building Safety & Security Update

    Dear Urbandale Families and Team Members,As the safety and security of Urbandale students, staff, teachers, and administrators are top priorities, I will be providing informative updates on the District News section of the UCSD Web site as relevant and notable... [read more]

  • [+] Congratulations Jon Parrott – Educator of the Year!

    On January 9, 2013, the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce awarded Jon Parrott the distinguished honor of Educator of the Year. Nominations were received from educators and administrators throughout the district. Inspired by the work of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Jon... [read more]

  • [+] 2013-2014 Preschool Pre-Registration

    Urbandale Community Schools- Adventuretime Three and Four-Year-Old Preschool 2013-2014 Pre-Registration Registration Information: Pre registration will start on January 15, 2013, at 9:00AM through a link associated with the Community Education website.  This link will be found on the Urbandale School... [read more]

  • [+] Flu Information

    The number of influenza cases so early in the season indicates this could be a rough year!What are the chances of getting influenza? About 1 in 6 people will get the flu in a typical year and since influenza is very... [read more]

  • [+] Urbandale Food Service Team: Supporting Those In Need

    Not only does the Urbandale Community School District Food Service Team prepare and serve meals for over 3,800 students on a daily basis, they also make time for organizing, promoting, and participating in food drives for the Urbandale Food Pantry.... [read more]

  • [+] Support and Grace for Sandy Hook Elementary

    The most important part of any school district or community is its children.  In them we see our future and also ourselves.  In them we see a hope for a better world. Today I am putting aside my “superintendent’s focus”... [read more]

  • [+] Student Data Folders Video

  • [+] Urbandale Community Education!

    Extending the mission of the Urbandale Community School District of Teaching All-Reaching All, Urbandale Community Education strives to provide engaging lifelong educational opportunities and personal enrichment that inspires and supports all learners to increase their capacity for personal growth.We welcome... [read more]

  • [+] The Road of Continual Improvement Video

  • [+]
  • [+]
  • [+]
  • [+] 2012-13 Handbook Updates

    Per the July 9, 2012 Board of Directors meeting, the following handbooks have been approved: Preschool Handbook Adventuretime Parent Handbook Activity Guidelines for Students and Parents Facility Use Guidelines Access is available through the left guide bar under "Handbooks." [read more]

  • [+] Website Translation Available

    A new feature has been added to our website that provides translation of the website to languages other than English.  You may scroll down to the bottom of the home page and "click" on "Translate this page to Spanish."  This... [read more]


  • [+] School Updates - RSS Feeds

    Each school's website now provides the opportunity for RSS feeds.  This will provide subscribers updates to school news and announcements as they occur.  The link can be found on each school's home page in the school page sidebar, next to... [read more]


  • [+] New to the District?

    If you are new to the Urbandale school district and would like to enroll a student (or students) in one of our schools, please do so at our administrative offices at 11152 Aurora Avenue.  We are open from 7:30 a.m.... [read more]


  • [+] Aurora Avenue Pedestrian Beacons Can Be Used

    Last year the City of Urbandale received funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation to install six push-button activated pedestrian beacons.  The funding was through the Safe Routes to School Program. This program encourages children, kindergarten through 8th grade, to... [read more]


  • [+] Need Help Navigating the School Calendar?

    The attached document contains information on how to better navigate the new school calendar format. In this new format you are afforded with many additional functions that were not present previously in our calendar to include customizable downloads and instant... [read more]


  • [+] Student Assistance Program Is Here To Help

    As a service to students, families, and staff, the Urbandale Community School District participates in a program that allows confidential counseling services that are of no cost to the participant.  The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a resource that students,... [read more]


More news +
District Overview
Urbandale High School
Jensen Elementary School
Karen Acres Elementary School
Olmsted Elementary School
Rolling Green Elementary School
Urbandale Middle School
Valerius Elementary School
Webster Elementary School

Our Vision:
Urbandale will be a school district that brings learning to life for everyone.

Our Mission:
Teaching All—Reaching All

Student Enrollment:
Over 3,900 students from K–12th grade, Over 50 languages spoken, 92 countries represented

Team Members:
Nearly 300 teachers (50% hold a master's degree or higher), Over 650 employees

Over 434,000 meals served per year, Buses transport over 1,200 students

6 Elementary Schools: 
Jensen Elementary, Karen Acres Elementary, Olmsted Elementary, Rolling Green Elementary, Valerius Elementary, Webster Elementary 
*The district also offers a comprehensive preschool program and before-and-after school childcare program.*

1 Middle School (grades 6–8) & 1 High School (grades 9–12):
Urbandale Middle School, Urbandale High School
Visit the Quality/Continual Improvement Showcase and download the district brochure to learn more about how Urbandale is transforming education!
Student Registration Fall 2014 - Click Here!

[+] Free/Reduced Application & Waiver

[+] Elementary School Boundaries

[+] Newsom Scholarship

[+] NonPublic Parent Transportation Form

UEF Golf Outing Registration
More bulletins + bulletins
  • New to the District?
  • School Updates - RSS Feeds
  • Website Translation Available