School News

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CBL students are researching Civil War era Iowa newspapers in the State Historical Library & Archives of Iowa.  The newspapers are over 150 years old and are stored on microfilm. Students are taught why this is the best way to save newspapers and  how to use the microfilm by one of the librarians on staff.


Tutoring Sign Up at Scavo High School


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 25 Title I schools in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, click on the headline.


Scavo Student Leadership Retreat


A group of Scavo students met Wednesday, September 17, 2014 for a day long leadership retreat off campus at Farrell’s in Beaverdale. Students worked on leadership skills, defining leadership, and brainstorming ways they can positively impact the school and community environments. One way we explored leadership is by playing with Legos! Our student leaders were … Read more »


Move Update


Scavo HS is moving back to Central Campus in January 2015. Remodeling is currently taking place for a winter break move. Staff and students look forward to the newly designed space. Some of the changes include new science labs, greater access to Central Campus courses, and a space dedicated to support students emotional and physical … Read more »


Ice Bucket Challenge


Scavo Administration and office staff completed the Ice Bucket Challenge for ASL. We challenged Central Office staff, East High School, Hiatt Middle School, Hoover High School and our own English apartment.


Scavo Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Scavo and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.

Upcoming Events

Oct 15
Fall Conferences 3:30-7:30
Oct 15
Community Flu Clinic 4:30-6:30 pm
Oct 24
EQ PD/ No School for Students
Nov 26
Thanksgiving Break
Dec 22
Winter Break

3725 52nd St, Des Moines, IA 50310
P: 515-242-7589 | F: 515-242-7591

Bulletin Board

Congratulations to the 30 students who will graduate this summer. Bringing the total number of graduates for 2014 to 104!


Fall conferences are Oct. 15 3:30-7:30


Parents check out this helpful link




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About Scavo High School


3725 52nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

P: 515-242-7589 | E: 


Scavo Alternative High School serves approximately 300 students in grades 10-12. Classroom size is smaller with additional supports for students needing an environment that is responsive and flexible to their learning needs. Read More…

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