School News

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Iowa Assessments Begin Soon for 3s, 4s and 5s


Between April 3 and April 12, your student will be taking the Iowa Assessments. This test will focus on reading, mathematics and science. It will help teachers identify student strengths and areas of needed improvement. Click on the headline to read more about the Iowa Assessments.

Skate Night poster.

Annual DTS Skate Night April 13


Join Downtown School families at the annual DTS Skate Night, Thursday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Skate North Incrediroll, 5621 Meredith Dr. Admission is free. Skate rentals are $3. This event is sponsored by the DTS PTA!

Silent Auction flyer.

Parent Teacher Association Plans Event


The parent-teacher association is hosting its biennial DTS Silent Auction next month at West End Architectural Salvage. Bids for the Kids is an adult-only event on Friday, April 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Inquiries should be directed to

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2017-18 School Calendar Now Available


After a long wait, our 2017-18 calendar is now official and available for download. The Iowa Department of Education has approved our application to be a year-round school next year, and the DMPS school board approved the calendar. Click the headline to see next year’s calendar.

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MAP Test Results Coming Home Soon


DTS students have been taking an assessment called MAP (Measures of Academic Progress), which is given to students in our district three times each year. We have just completed our second round of testing. The teachers will send student reports home on February 20th. Click on the headline for a guide to understanding the results.

Good collected for JOPPA Drive

Fun PJs, Serious Topic at Downtown School


Our 7/8 friends hosted a charity drive for Joppa, a local nonprofit that advocates on behalf of the homeless. They dressed in pajamas to raise consciousness about the need to provide assistance to area homeless people. Then they asked their fellow Downtown School friends to bring supplies for the homeless. Our students brought more than 1,000 items over two days!

Upcoming Events

Apr 03
Iowa Assessments April 3-12
Apr 13
Skate Night
Apr 13
No school - April 13, 14 and 17
Apr 21
All School Sing
Apr 21
PTA Auction Night

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 the 2017-18 Downtown School Calendar

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

New families interested in enrolling may contact the district enrollment office: 242-7353

Feeder Pattern

Downtown School students attend Callanan Middle School and Roosevelt High School.


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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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