School News


Middle School Mocks Model Democracy


Election Day is November 8th but for teaching purposes it’s been happening throughout this past week at DMPS middle schools. Merrill teacher Dave O’Connor has again plugged into the University of Virginia’s Youth Leadership Initiative, which hosts the nation’s largest student mock election, and this time around he joined with his counterparts at the other … Read more »


Fall Conferences


Conferences will be held Wednesday October 26 from 2-6pm and Thursday October 27 4-7pm.  They will be held at Goodrell Middle School.   More information will go out to families as the we move closer to the dates.   *Don’t forget there is no school for students on October 28!

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King’s LeBlanc Named Goodrell Principal


Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce that Peter LeBlanc will be the next principal at Goodrell Middle School, one of the district’s International Baccalaureate World Schools. LeBlanc is well known in the DMPS community. He served as principal of King Elementary School since 2011, where he saw an increase in overall enrollment and English Language Learner students and led efforts that increased attendance and achievement. Click the photo to read more.


Enrichment – What is that?


Enrichment is a class which targets the specific learning needs of students across various subject areas. We use assessment data from classes to determine how students will be placed in Enrichment. Students who are struggling with specific learning standards are placed in Enrichment classes, based on the most current assessment data, to get timely support … Read more »


School Hours


Students may enter the school building beginning at 7:10 AM on school days. Classes begin at 7:40 AM promptly. Students are expected to be in class at 7:40 AM. School ends at 2:30 PM (1:00 PM on Wednesdays). Students need to be picked up by 2:45 PM (1:15 PM on Wednesdays) or in the supervision … Read more »


An IB World School – What Does It Mean?


To be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School means that your school has adopted and successfully demonstrated a commitment towards meeting all the standards, practices, and requirements in developing each programme as stipulated by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). By committing to this framework, the school is in turn supported by the IBO to ensure … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 23
Winter Break – no school
Dec 26
Holiday – offices closed
Dec 30
Holiday – offices closed
Jan 02
Holiday – offices closed
Jan 13
First Semester Ends

Goodrell is an IB World School. Click here to learn more about this elite classification.

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About Goodrell Middle School


3300 E. 29th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

P: 515-242-8444 | E:


Goodrell Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School – Middle Years Programme, which designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in an ever-changing world. Read more..

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