School News


Book Character Day Class Photos


More Book Character Day photos are now available for download FREE OF CHARGE. Select the photo you want, click on the word “download” below the image and save the image to your computer. You may also order prints from Blind Photography, for a fee. To see the photos, click on the image and use the password: dts2015.


Principal Johnson Honored at Auction


Principal John Johnson will be retiring at the end of the school year and over the weekend, he was honored at the annual Downtown School “Bids for the Kids” auction event. Mr. Johnson spoke fondly of his years at DTS and talked about how much he will miss everyone at The Downtown School.


Nurse Jean Smith to Retire


Nurse Jean Smith was honored at the annual Downtown School auction over the weekend. She is retiring at the end of the year. “She has been a true blessing for the children and families at the Downtown School,” said Principal Johnson. Join us Friday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the lower gym at Central Campus for a sing-along in her honor!


Books Come to Life at The Downtown School


Mr. Johnson dressed as Geronimo Stilton and greeted students, as a who’s who of children’s literary characters roamed the hallways at The Downtown School. Students and staff dressed up as their favorite book characters, sharing their love of reading and a little bit about themselves in the process. To see more fun costumes, click on the image.


Reading (and Safety) a Priority at DTS


When Rose the Des Moines Public Library mascot visited The Downtown School this week to talk about reading, first-grader Aidan Vens noticed one of her shoes was untied. Not wanting his new friend to trip and fall, Aidan offered to tie the shoe for her.

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The Downtown School Dispatch


This Spring’s Downtown School Dispatch contains news about our student-athletes attending the Drake Relays, the Teaching Garden and the 2015-2016 school calendar. You won’t want to miss this edition! Click on the picture of The Downtown School Dispatch to read more about what’s going on at The Downtown School.

Upcoming Events

Jun 09
Field Day
Jun 12
Conferences - No school
Jun 22
Sing Along
Jun 22
Last Day of School, 1:30 Dismissal
Jun 23
In-service day for teachers

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

Bulletin Board

The 2015-16 School Year Calendar is now available.


Note to the families of students who will be attending Merrill in the Fall

Merrill Middle School is sharing their newsletter for all families of students who will be attending Merrill this fall.



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.

Academic Calendar

The 2015-16 Academic Calendar is now available.


Downtown School Dispatch


Read the latest edition of Mr. Johnson’s Downtown School Dispatch here.

Calendar of Events


About Downtown School

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