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DTS Movie Night This Friday!


Join us this Friday night in the Central Campus auditorium for the annual DTS Movie Night. Register in advance for pizza by clicking on the headline. Pizza is served at 6:00, the movie begins at 6:30. (No food in the auditorium.) The whole family is welcome!


Students Meet Their Charity Goal


Downtown School students collected more than 1,500 items for the DMARC food pantries before Winter break. For exceeding their goal, and to celebrate the end of the calendar year, they were treated to a dance party in the gym! Click on the headline to see more fun photos.


Downtown School Hosts Holiday Concert


Downtown School 5s and 6s celebrated the arrival of winter with a fun choral concert for their families. Students sang about gingerbread men, melting snowmen and jingle bells! Thanks to our 5 and 6 teachers and staff for a wonderful time! Click on the headline to see photos of the concert.


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!


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.

Upcoming Events

Jan 20
PTA Meeting - Library
Jan 27
All School Sing
Feb 10
No school - Feb. break 2/10-2/17
Feb 24
All School Sing
Mar 08
Student-led conferences 3/8 - 3/9

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

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

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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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