School News


“Where I’m From”


Scavo students in the Creative Writing classes have been working on, “Where I am From” poems modeled from the poem by George Ella Lyon.  Their poems are to be displayed in the Scavo Showcase on March 27, 2014. Students explore the notion, “If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying … Read more »


Loom and Weave


Sarah Skidmore, a student teacher from Drake, teaches senior Jamaya Harris  how to set up a loom and weave.  She shared examples of her own personal weaving projects and Jamaya learned about the history of weaving through a PowerPoint.  Jamaya made connections to the tapestry that was created in the Odyssey which she was learning … Read more »


“Good Samaritans”


Ginger Blanchard, school nurse at Scavo High School spoke to students in the Personal Development and Health class about First Aid.  She began with an explanation and discussion about the “Good Samaritan Law.”  This law states that a person who gives assistance in “good faith” during an emergency cannot be held legally liable.  Next, she … Read more »


Steve Peters Wins Award


On April 10th, Scavo High School Social Studies teacher was presented with the Iowa Association of Alterative Education Hall of Fame Award.  Steve Peters has spent his entire career in alternative education.  He has served on the IAAE board for many years.  According to their website, recipients of the Hall of Fame Award are described … Read more »


Math Department


April and May will be extra-busy months at Scavo High School. One of our Scavo “SmartGoals” is to graduate 97 students, and many students are working hard so they are ready to graduate on May 23rd and help reach that goal. Everyone in the Math Department at Scavo is working with all math students, so … Read more »


Drivers Education


Driver’s Education The Des Moines Independent Community School District’s driver’s education program is a two part course, providing classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driving training, in addition to developing the social and legal responsibilities involved with operating a motor vehicle.                         The driver’s education program is offered to students in ninth through 12th grade, which provides the … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 23
ACT Testing- Juniors only
Apr 25
Senior Meeting
Apr 30
Early dismissal- 1:15
May 8
ACT make up
May 9
Graduation Fee Due $60

3725 52nd St, Des Moines, IA 50310
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ACT make up test May 8th

Course completion deadline is May 12th  for those who want to walk during graduation

Senior Banquet  May 21st  6:00-8:00 PM @ Scavo

Graduation is May 23rd 10AM @ Hoyt Sherman Place



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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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