School News

Gift from Our Business Partner


  A special gift for our school store was received from our business partner, Flooring America, just in time for Thanksgiving.  Their very generous gift of 50 cases of water will be a welcome addition to our school store.  Our students earn positives in their classrooms and then purchase items with their positive charts in … Read more »

Iowa Wild Visits Orchard Place


Physical Education teacher, Aaron McMurphy, arranged a visit from the Iowa Wild Hockey team for his students.  Hockey players visited on October 9th.  Middle school and elementary students spent thirty minutes learning about hockey and trying out the new floor hockey sticks donated by the Iowa Wild.  High school students during their assembly were able … Read more »

Happy Halloween from Moose


Students were treated to a Halloween visit from our pet therapy dog, Moose, and his owner Paul. Moose was dressed in his football jersey with Paul dressed as his coach.  His visit was enjoyed by students and staff as well.

Meet Orchard Place School Improvement Leader/Interventionist


Welcome to Orchard Place School!  This is a great place to work and learn!  I feel fortunate for the opportunity to be starting my 24th year at OP School; first as a teacher, then an interventionist and now School Improvement Leader. Our staff are a highly trained, dedicated group of educators, providing rigorous academic instruction while infusing social … Read more »

Welcome from the Principal 2018-19


I am very excited to welcome our students and staff back to another great school year in the Des Moines Public Schools.    We are three schools in one here at Orchard Place School as we serve students in grades four through twelve grade.  We have highly qualified teachers at all grade levels who are … Read more »

Summer School PE Classes at Orchard Place


Summer School High School PE students were able to experience biking on the bike trails of Des Moines this summer.  We received a generous donation from Variety Club of fifteen bike helmets that helped us provide a real life biking experience for our students.  The Des Moines Bike Collective rented bikes to us for our … Read more »

Iowa Wolves Visit Orchard Place School


Iowa Wolves team members paid a visit to our high school students on November 26th.  They shot hoops with the students and faculty, too.  Team members signed a Wolves jersey and presented it to PE teacher, Aaron McMurphy.  Students and staff enjoyed the visit and picked up a few pointers from the Wolves.

Upcoming Events

Dec 24
Winter Break – No School
Dec 24
Holiday – Offices Closed
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed
Jan 02
Staff Development – No School
Jan 08
School Board Meeting

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About Orchard Place Campus School

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Orchard Place Campus School provides the curriculum and instruction for students who are residents of Orchard Place, a PMIC (Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children) non-profit facility. Read More…

Orchard Place School provides instruction for students who are residents at the Orchard Place Campus, a PMIC facility.

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