Excellence in Education

Approximately 7,200 students from preschool through 12th grade attend the Johnston Community School District (JCSD), located in Johnston, Iowa – a thriving suburb north of Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines.

A girl standing in front of a Johnston Dragon statue

JCSD is one of the largest school districts in the state of Iowa and the fourth largest employer in Johnston. The school district employs more than 1,000 people, which includes and operates with a general fund budget of $97 million. The district covers 40 square miles and serves the community of Johnston as well as parts of Urbandale, Des Moines, Grimes, and Granger.

Our district’s graduation rate of 97% is in the top 5% of the state. We are regularly home to several National Merit scholars. We have 1:1 iPads throughout the district, for each student in grades K-12. Beyond our academic achievement, Johnston has won several state championships including girls’ basketball, boys’ baseball and men’s golf. Our student council, show choirs, marching band, cheer and dance team are top-notch and have been recognized statewide and nationwide.

What started as a one building district in 1914 is now comprised of five elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school, a District Office, technology building, transportation building, and building and grounds facility. We are proud of our state-of-the-art facilities, serving learners of all ages. The desire to provide our youth with the best education possible is the driving force behind these changes.

In addition, Johnston Community Education provides before/after school childcare, preschool, and youth and adult recreation and education programs. The district enjoys a strong partnership with the City of Johnston and many community businesses. Together, we are building the future for our children and families!

District Enrollment & Demographics Learn about district growth through enrollment and demographics.
District Report Card View district performance data, goals, and more.
Maps & Boundaries Do you fall within the Johnston school district? Find out here.