School News


Winter Break is Quickly Approaching


Winter break is approaching quickly. Don’t forget to bring in items for the food bank this week. Also, our last All School Sing of the year is on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Campus auditorium. Our last day of school before break is Dec. 16, and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday, Jan. 3! We wish you the happiest of holidays!

Barnes and Noble Book Fair Flyer

PTA Announces Book Fair Fundraiser


Support the Downtown School library on Saturday, Dec. 3, when you shop at Barnes & Noble on University in West Des Moines, or when you shop online! Click on the headline to see the full-size flyer for more details, including when Mrs. Flickinger will read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and when the DTS orchestra and band will perform!


DTS Happy Thanksgiving Video


We hope everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving break! Before we departed on Friday, some of our students talked to the district about some of the things for which they are thankful. Click on the headline to enjoy the video.

Elementary students hug police officer.

Downtown School Students Show Officer Appreciation


Students in Stephanie Hubka and Abby Boruff’s class at Downtown School made cards to thank SRO Vinnie Quang for his service. After Quang spoke to the students briefly, the students handed him their cards and joined in for a group hug. After the tragic deaths of two officers, schools throughout Des Moines are paying tribute to our police officers. To see pictures from DTS, and other DMPS schools, click on the headline.


DTS Families Enjoy Union Park Picnic


Hundreds of parents and students enjoyed an evening at Union Park in Des Moines at the annual Downtown School picnic. Carousel rides were free, courtesy of the DTS PTA. Thank you to our PTA volunteers and everyone’s participation in PTA fundraisers — you help make events like this possible!


Downtown Falcons Charity Drive Soars


Downtown School raised $9,944 during the Hoops for Heart campaign, earning our school recognition from the American Heart Association for the highest donation in the North Central Region, and highest online donations! Mr. Kerns and Ms. Clark are holding the plaques our school received. Great job, everyone!

Upcoming Events

Dec 16
All School Sing
Dec 19
No school - Winter break 12/19-1/2
Dec 26
Holiday 12/26 & 27– offices closed
Dec 30
Holiday – offices closed
Jan 02
Holiday – offices closed

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!


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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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