School News

9th Grade Orientation

Freshman Orientation


Welcome Freshmen!!! Thursday, August 18th is the Freshman Orientation at North High School from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This is for STUDENTS ONLY. (We will have an OPEN HOUSE for parents in the fall on Thursday, September 8th from 5:30-7:30 PM.)

4th July

Independence Day!


North High School and offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day! Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Summer School

NHS Summer School


Students involved in Summer School, it begins on Monday, June 20th. It will run from 9AM-1PM daily through July 8th for the first session. The second session begins on Monday, July 11th and ends on July 29th. Lunch is served daily at 11:30.


North High in the top 5 on Iowa AP index


For the fourth year in a row, all five comprehensive high schools at Des Moines Public Schools are listed among the state’s top 50 high schools on the Iowa Advanced Placement Index. Four of the DMPS high schools are among the state’s top 20 and two are in the top five this year – Roosevelt … Read more »


North’s Nishimwe Begins service to Iowa


Robert Nishimwe is just completing his sophomore year at North High School and about to begin his term as the student member of the State Board of Education. Governor Branstad recently appointed Robert, who was born in a refugee camp in Tanzania, and he will begin his new duties at the Board’s meetings next week.

Live Streaming Commencement

Live Streaming of Commencement Ceremony


If you are unable to attend the North High School Graduation Ceremony never fear, it will be streamed live online at no charge.  We hope this free online live-stream will allow family members to enjoy graduation who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend the ceremony.  The graduation video will remain on this website to … Read more »

Upcoming Events

North takes part in the School Improvement Grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Bulletin Board

2015 November Newsletter
2016 February Newsletter
2016 April Newsletter

2014-15 High School Course Catalog
Student Handbook 2015-16

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Remember to check the Infinite Campus Parent Portal for grades and assignment updates. Unable to access the parent portal? Call 242-7200. How to log into the Parent Portal

Central Campus Bus Schedule

2015-2016 Bell Schedule

ID Badge Policy:
This is a reminder that students must wear their ID badges on their lanyards around their neck. This is for safety reasons and we need everyone to please follow this here to view ID policy

Calendar of Events


About North High School


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North High School is raising the academic bar for all students with new, innovative teaching methods, and is the largest one-to-one laptop school in Iowa. Read More…

Welcome to North High School. We are committed to making all students develop a strong character within a culture of excellence. Go Polar Bears!