Options Academy


Options Academy is a program for Des Moines Public Schools students who need a new path to their high school diploma. Options students earn their diploma by finishing their credit requirements through self-paced classes and/or HiSET exams.

In addition to a personalized teaching and learning plan for each student, Options Academy also provides students with career coaching and post secondary opportunities.

Program Overview:

  • Options Academy is a free program for current Des Moines Public Schools students
  • Each student will have access to a personalized learning plan
  • All Options students receive a free DART Pass, breakfast, and lunch
  • Academic instruction includes traditional credit recovery and competency-based assessments to fill in core credit gaps in your graduation requirements
  • Students are still enrolled 1% at their home school for opportunities to engage in AP and Central Campus courses, electives, ROTC, Activities, Clubs, Dances, and Athletics

Who Is Eligible for Options Academy?

  • Current Des Moines Public School students ages 17-21

How Does the Exam Help Students Graduate?

  • Students who pass specific content exams can use their score to earn missing core content areas towards their diploma:  English (Reading/Writing Exam), Math, Science, and Social Studies.
  • To graduate, students must also fulfill the State of Iowa’s Graduation Requirements and pass 1.0 PE Credit, Personal Economics and CPR.

Student Hours of Operation

Options Academy Pathway Requests

  • If you or your child are interested in Options Academy, please talk to your school counselor.    

Download a copy of the Options Academy Brochure

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