4+ Support Programs

​​STRIVE and STRIVE Academy are 4+ support programs provided by the Des Moines Area Community College on the Ankeny campus for students in special education.  STRIVE is a service contracted by the school district as part of their continuum or service and students in the programs are recommended by the IEP team.



  • ​​STRIVE students take academic/vocational classes while attending DMACC.  Class curriculum is not modified, but accommodations are provided.
  • STRIVE students receive specially designed instruction and accommodations through STRIVE by meeting with teachers outside of class, in accordance with their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
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STRIVE Academy​​

​​STRIVE Academy​​

  • STRIVE ​Academy students are working on developing skills as outlined in their IEP in the areas of adaptive behavior (living) and employability (working).
  • STRIVE Academy students live in the dorms as part of their program.  Therefore, students must have the skills needed to live safely in this setting.
  • STRIVE Academy students are not enrolled at DMACC, but do participate in on campus activities.
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