School News

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.

Annual Healthiest State Walk


This event serves as a kick-off to the Healthiest State Month each year which occurs in October.  One hundred and eighteen students, school staff, and Orchard Place Agency staff participated in the Healthiest State Walk.  The walk was organized and coordinated by Amy Payne-Johnson from Orchard Place Agency and Aaron McMurphy, Orchard Place School PE … Read more »

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 »

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MAP Testing at Orchard Place School


The Des Moines Public Schools participates in MAP testing three times a year. MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress which is a testing program developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association and is aligned with the common core.  We will also be using this assessment to measure student growth.  When students enter Orchard Place School … 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 »

Paper Chain of Kindness


This past week employees at Principal participated in Connected Community Ally Week.  During this week, their staff created Paper Chains of Kindness for various groups throughout the Des Moines community.  We are excited to be a part of this wonderful project.  Connye Stull, Vice Chair/LGBT and Employee Recourse Group at Principal delivered a Paper Chain … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 20
School Board Meeting
Nov 21
No School
Nov 22
Thanksgiving Break – No School
Dec 11
School Board Meeting
Dec 24
Winter Break – No School

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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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