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About Westridge

We're excited to be the administration team at Westridge this school year. Both of us have been teachers and leaders in the WDMCS District, and we know we have fantastic staff, students, and parents.

At Westridge, we want all students to own their learning by developing skills like teamwork, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. We provide exciting and challenging learning opportunities to help students master the core standards.

Our commitment is to help every student succeed at high levels. Our dedicated staff plays a crucial role in this. We're passionate about equipping, encouraging, and empowering everyone we serve. This happens through a strong culture of collaboration. We truly believe that we are "Stronger Together."

We're dedicated to Westridge's children, staff, and families. Let's work together to make this school year an amazing one for OUR children.

Tamara Tjeerdsma

Principal Tamara Tjeerdsma







Tyson Heuton

Assistant Principal Tyson Heuton

Westridge  Contact Information

ADDRESS: 5500 E.P. True Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266-2884
PHONE: 515-633-5400 
FAX: 515-633-5499

PRINCIPAL: Tamara Tjeerdsma
COUNSELOR: Ayla Leopold
NURSES: Anna ShullJulie Galloway
SECRETARIESJoanna GilmoreStephany Marlow 

School Times

HOURS: 9:05 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 9:05 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
PRESCHOOL: 9:05-11:50 a.m. and 1:10-3:55 p.m.

Westridge History

Westridge Elementary is one of eight schools in West Des Moines. It opened in 1990, located at the southwest corner of Interstates 80 and 35. The school is 85,000 square feet with four classrooms for each grade.

The building is designed like a school within a school, with a central media center that's easy to reach from classrooms. Everything from the floor plan to lighting is made to help students learn. In 1991, the National School Board Association and The American Institute of Architects recognized Westridge as the best-designed school for learning. We're always looking for ways to make our building better for students' learning.