School News


Shop at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair


What event provides more books for our library than any other event all year? The Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Fair! Join us on December 4th from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Principal Flickinger will read, “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m.) Click on the headline to print out your voucher, and maybe sign up for a volunteer slot, too!


Choose Your Middle and High Schools


Downtown School’s feeder pattern is changing. DTS students will now be enrolled at Callanan Middle School and Roosevelt High School, instead of attending Brody Middle School and Lincoln High School. If you currently have a student enrolled at the Downtown School, click on the headline to view your options.


Downtown School – All School Photo


On Wednesday, October 28th, following Sing Along, students and staff gathered for an all school photograph.  Learning groups also gathered at the front of the building for class photos.  Many thanks to Becca Hodges and Holleen Lawrence of Blind Photography LLC for taking such beautiful pictures and sharing them with us.  Families are invited to … Read more »

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Bring Food for Combat Hunger


Join the Downtown School students and staff as they collect food for Combat Hunger Nov. 16-19. If we collect 500 items or more, Principal Flickinger will let us have a pajama day to celebrate our success at helping kids in our own city go to bed with full tummies! Click on the headline to learn more about what we need.

Downtown Sing Along - January 2013

Falcon Files: Pictures, Directory Info.


This week’s edition of the Falcon Files focuses on student safety and health, and includes the date for picture retakes. Plus, the next two all-schools sings are scheduled. Click on the headline to read more about what’s happening at the Downtown School!


A Note from the Nurse…


Click on the image for a letter from our new school nurse, Beth Angier. She has updates, reminders and a whole lot of great health information every Downtown School family should consider!

Upcoming Events

Dec 18
December Sing Along
Dec 21
Winter Break: No school 12/21-1/1
Dec 24
Holiday - offices closed
Dec 31
Holiday - offices closed
Jan 04
Classes resume

1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
P: 515-242-8422 | F: 515-242-7391

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Welcome to The Downtown School, home of the Falcons!

As of 2015-16, the Downtown School feeder pattern has changed. Students will now be enrolled in Callanan Middle School and Roosevelt High School, instead of Brody Middle School and Lincoln High School. If you have a student currently enrolled at DTS, you have the option of staying with the Brody and Lincoln feeder pattern. Click here for more information.


See the latest edition of the Falcon Files.


Online registration is available district wide this year. Sign into your Infinite Campus account to get started.


Pay Textbook fees: $25 per student


Download the DMPS app on your smartphone for instant access to our calendar, staff and lunch menus!


Join our PTA: donate to the student activity fund for field experiences, etc; purchase a portfolio notebook if your child is entering a new grade level; volunteer for various activities/events; sign up to receive emails from the PTA; etc.


Consider before/afterschool care with Bright Horizons.


Suggested Classroom Supply Lists – 2015-16 School Year

Supply List for 5-6 Year Old Learning Groups

Supply List for Adams, Buckner & Watson 7/8 Learning Groups

Supply List for Gerstel & Miller 7/8 Learning Groups

Supply List for 9-10 Year Old Learning Groups

Download the 2015-2016 Downtown School Calendar now!

Enroll at the Downtown School Applications 

New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School for 2015-2016 will need to follow and complete the Des Moines Public Schools’ Within District Transfer paperwork. This information is located on the District website using the following link: For any questions regarding this process please contact the district enrollment office at 242-7353.


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About Downtown School

Downtown School

1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

P: 515-242-8422 | E: 


We provide an educational experience for kindergarten through fifth grade children based on what research has shown to be the best practices in elementary education.  Read More…

It is my pleasure to be a part of Des Moines Public Schools and serve the children and families of the Downtown School.

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