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Community Reference Guide

West Des Moines

What started as an active railroad community in the 1850s has emerged to become one of the fastest growing suburbs in Iowa. Here citizens enjoy Premier Living in housing, business, opportunities, leisure activities and education.

Over 100 years ago, the spirited community of Valley Junction was incorporated. The year 1893 marked the beginning of the Rock Island railroad center which would draw people to the charming and bustling community, growing up alongside the railroad tracks.

These early days in Valley Junction defined the essence of the citizens, committed then, as now, to excellence and growth. In 1938, Valley Junction became West Des Moines-the community to watch!



  • 17 Public Golf Courses
  • 75 Public Parks
  • 87 Public Tennis Courts
  • 16 Public Swimming Pools
  • 10 Country Clubs
  • Public access to lakes/river
    (swimming, water skiing, fishing, and boating)


  • Valley Junction boasts six square blocks of antique and specialty shops, art and craft galleries, fashion boutiques, hair salons, service businesses and restaurants.
  • Valley Junction Events include Valley Art Festival, The Art Market, Spring Antique Jamboree, Midnight Magic VJ Bike Ride and Fall Antique Show.


The school district serves more than 8,500 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Nine elementary schools, one early childhood center and two junior highs (grades 7-8) serve young learners. A ninth grade school, three-year high school and an alternative education center serve all high school students.

West Des Moines Community Schools
3550 G M Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 226-2700

Clegg Park Elem. 1020 8th Street 266-2790
Clive Elem. 1600 73rd Street 226-2795
Crestview Elem. 8355 Franklin Ave. 226-2805
Crossroads Park Elem. 1050 50th street 226-2800
Fairmeadows Elem. 807 23rd Street 226-2808
Jordan Creek Elem. 4105 Fuller Road 226-2767
Phenix Elem.Early Child Cntr. 415 7th Street 226-2818
Rex Mathes Elem. 1401 Vine Street 226-2820
Western Hill Elem. 600 39th Street 226-2780
Westridge Elem. 5500 E P True Pkwy. 226-2694
Indian Hills Jr High School 9401 Indian Hills Dr. 226-2811
Stillwell Jr High School 1601 Vine Street 226-2770
Valley Southwoods Fresh. HS 625 S 35th Street 267-6955
Valley High School 1140 35th Street 226-2600

Des Moines Catholic Schools
16 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines Iowa 50309
(515) 223-1284

Sacred Heart School 1601 Grand 225-3000
Dowling High School 1400 Buffalo Road 225-3000
St Pius X Elem. 3663 66th St, Urbandale 276-1061


For comprehensive dependent care information contact:

Child Care Resource and Referral of Central Iowa
1200 University
City View Plaza, Suite H
Des Moines, Iowa, 50314
Telephone: 800/722-7619.

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