School News


“What Does That Mean?”


If you’re new to the Downtown School, there are probably a few terms you’re unfamiliar with like, “All School Sing” or “Book Swap” or “Balanced Literacy”! You’re not alone. Our PTA has created a “Glossary of Terms” for DTS parents. Click on the headline above to check it out. Or find it under the “Parents” tab anytime.


Welcome Back!


We hope everyone had a terrific first day at school! Remember, the school doors open at 7:50 a.m., school begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday. Wednesday is an early out day so teachers can focus on professional development. On Wednesdays, DTS dismisses at 1:30 p.m. Here’s to a fantastic year!


School Supply Lists Are Now Available


School supply lists are now available for download. They are organized by learning group. If you haven’t registered online, please do so soon. You’ll find a link to your student’s online registration on Infinite Campus. If you need help, staff will be available in the school library on Thursday, July 28 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click on the headline to find your school supply list.


Have a Wonderful (if Short) Summer!


We ended the school year together today in the Central Campus auditorium where more than a few tears were shed! Thanks for a fantastic year. Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you back at school on August 10! To see more photos of our last All School Sing of the year, click on the image.


Summer Assistance for Families in Need


If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.

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Haven’t You Heard? Bird’s the Word!


Birds of a feather stick together — like the DTS Falcons and the Twitter bluebird! Take a moment to follow Downtown School on Twitter for pictures, reminders and more! Click on the Twitter bluebird for a link to our Twitter feed — then click “follow.”

Upcoming Events

Sep 02
No school
Sep 05
Holiday - No school
Oct 13
No school (conferences)
Oct 14
No school - break
Oct 28
No school - teacher development

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!


Download Our School Calendar

2016-17 Downtown School Calendar


Read the latest edition of the Falcon Files


Download a School Supply List:
5-6 Learning Group Supply List 2016-17
7-8 Learning Group Supply List 2016-17
9-10 Learning Group Supply List 2016-17


Fees: Pay textbook fees online


Follow us on Twitter: @DtwnFalcons


Download the DMPS app on your smartphone for on-the-go instant access to our calendar, staff information 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, and more.


Access Childcare: Bright Horizons offers before and afterschool childcare onsite. The Creative Center for Young Children (CCYC) offers transportation to and from the Downtown School, and childcare at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant Street, Des Moines.


Enroll at the Downtown School Applications 

New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School 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.

Feeder Pattern

The Downtown School feeder pattern has changed. Students will now be automatically enrolled in Callanan Middle School and Roosevelt High School, instead of Brody Middle School and Lincoln High School. Students who wish to attend a different middle or high school may find out more about a within-district transfer, here.


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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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