School News

FREE Sports Physicals for 7th & 8th Grade Students


The Iowa Clinic is providing free sports physicals for Harding 7th & 8th grade students interested in participating in athletics for the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, August 20th from 5:30-7:30pm in the Harding MS Gym.

LaShone Mosley scans ID on a DART bus.

Student IDs, DART Access to Change


The way students access DART buses is changing beginning in school year 2018-19. When students receive their school IDs this Fall, the badge will have a QR code embedded on it. The QR code will serve as the student’s “ticket” to ride DART. Students will be required to scan the QR code when boarding DART buses. Click on the headline to read more about the change, and the district’s partnership with DART.

Back to School Physicals


Schedule your Back to School physical with Des Moines University Medicine & Health Sciences during two days of walk-in physicals on Thursday, July 26th (12-5pm) and Friday, July 27th (12-4pm). Click above to view the flyer for contact information and now you can receive a free BACKPACK!

Are you ready for the 6th grade?


On July 26th, you will have the opportunity to come visit Harding for the Success 4 Sixth Grade program! This program is a great opportunity for 6th graders to get to know other students, teachers, the building, and have LOTS OF FUN!!!!! This program is FREE and lunch is provided. Registration is REQUIRED. Click above for more details.

Attention: Incoming 7th Grade Students


Before starting 7th grade in the fall, students must meet a the mandatory state vaccination requirement (Tdap Booster and Meningitis vaccination). Students without proof of a meningitis vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes in the fall. Click the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

Boy exits bus.

New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

Upcoming Events

Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 3
Labor Day – No School
Sep 4
School Board Meeting
Sep 18
School Board Meeting
Oct 2
School Board Meeting

Bulletin Board

Dress Code Change for 2018-2019 School Year

Harding students will no longer be required to wear school uniforms during the school day.  There will still be a dress code about what students can and cannot wear.  Click above to view details!



Register for Athletics HERE.  

Between District Open Enrollment Patron Notification

Click on the link above (or below for Spanish) for Open Enrollment information and deadline dates.


Spanish Patron Notification


Summer Office Hours

Harding Main Office hours for the summer will be 7:00am – 3:00pm.  To ensure staffing the day of your visit please call 242-8445.  Office may be closed due to meetings and/or vacations.


2018-2019 SCHOOL HOURS  8:30am – 3:25pm
  • Every Wednesday Early Dismissal at 2:10pm
  • Students must be out of the building 10 minutes after dismissal, and off campus 15 minutes after dismissal.  Please click on the PARENTS tab for more information.

Calendar of Events


About Harding Middle School

203 East Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

P: 515-242-8445 | F: 515-323-8652 | E:


The vision of Harding Middle School is to be an innovative school that empowers each student to be academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for life. The mission of Harding Middle School is to ensure a safe space in which each student is afforded unique opportunities to learn and grow.

“The reason why I am serving at Harding as Principal is because I want all Des Moines students to believe that they can and will be successful.”