The Des Moines School Board will hear a proposal Tuesday to close Gateway Secondary School.
Gateway was the state’s first International Baccalaureate program.
Since it opened in 2010, similar programs have been installed at Goodrell, Merrill, and Meredith.
Now Brody Middle School is applying to become the district’s fifth I-B program.
Administrators argue that would eliminate the need to keep Gateway open, but parents and students from Gateway disagree.
They plan to hold a rally before Tuesday’s meeting before stating their case to the board.
“We feel we have a very strong case to keep the school open and feel we have a strong case to keep the school open. At this point, we want them to listen to our case and argument and keep the school open,” said Barb Watson, a parent.
The Des Moines School Board could make a decision at the following meeting two weeks later.