School News

Students stand in front of Japanese castle.

Application Period Open For Trip to KOFU, Japan


The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip. Students must be at least 12 years old on or before June 1, 2019 to be eligible.

Parent-Teacher Conferences


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, October 22nd from 4:30-7:30pm and Tuesday, October 23rd from 4:30-6:30pm. Please contact your child’s advisory teacher to schedule a time to visit at 515-242-8445.

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.

ISU 4U College Night


ISU 4U will be hosting a ISU college visit Thursday, October 26th. Click the link to learn more about the ISU 4U Promise program, opportunities at Iowa State University, and how to prepare for college.

8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip


Des Moines Public Schools is excited to offer our 8th annual Washington D.C. 8th grade trip. This trip will take place over Spring Break 2019. We will be hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 12th at the Callanan Middle School Cafeteria at 6pm. All are welcome to attend to find out more about this exciting opportunity for … Read more »

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FREE Medical Screening


Epworth United Methodist Church will be hosting a FREE Medical Screening Clinic on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9am to 1pm. Epworth United Methodist Church is located at 412 Euclid Ave., Des Moines, IA. This medical screening is first come first serve and is a full-service FREE clinic. They will have various departments set up … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 15
8th Grade Girls Basketball
Nov 15
7/8 Wrestling
Nov 19
8th Grade Girls Basketball
Nov 19
7/8 Wrestling
Nov 19
7/8 Girls Swimming

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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.

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About Harding Middle School

203 East Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

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

New School Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM


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 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.”