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Students Learn About Apples at the Orchard


Kindergarten and first-grade students are visiting the Center Grove Apple Orchard for hands-on experience during their apple unit. In the photo, Sayde Soyer learns how the orchard weighs down the branches of an apple tree so more of the leaves can receive the sun’s healthy rays!


Students Study Butterflies at Gray’s


Downtown School students Corinne Hyman and Callahan Stone use insect nets at Gray’s Lake Park to catch butterflies, examine them and identify characteristics that make them similar and different. The 7/8 year old age group is also studying the reason behind the decreased population of Monarch butterflies and the life cycle of the insects.


Gonzalez ‘School Social Worker of the Year’


Des Moines Public Schools social worker Steve Gonzalez is being honored at the Iowa School Social Worker award luncheon at the West Des Moines Marriot on Nov. 7. Gonzalez has worked with young children at the Downtown School and young adults at North High School. To read more about his achievements, click on the image.


Downtown School Students Make Meals


Downtown School students took a field trip but they didn’t go to the zoo or the park. They spent their away time making Meals From The Heartland. Each meal package will feed up to six people. To feed a family of six, it costs just $1.20. The meal package contains rice, soy protein, vitamins, minerals and dried vegetables (carrot, onion, tomato, celery, cabbage and bell pepper).

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Downtown Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with The Downtown School and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


Downtown and Edmunds Welcome Students


The Downtown School and Edmunds Elementary welcomed students for the 2014-2015 school year today. Enthusiasm, joy and a lot of smiling faces filled hallways and classrooms. We wish all of you the very best this year — staff and students! Have fun and study hard. Click the image for photos of the day.

Upcoming Events

Oct 08
Student-led Conferences - classes held, 1:30 adjusted dismissal for all students. Teachers on duty 4-8pm for Conferences.
Oct 09
Student-led conferences - No classes. Teachers on duty 12:15 - 8 p.m. for conferences
Oct 10
No Classes, Conference comp day
Oct 13
Fall intersession - no classes
Oct 24
No Classes, Teacher EQ Development

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

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Enroll at the Downtown School


New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School for 2014-2015 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

We have two versions of our academic calendar – the 2014-15 Academic Calendar lists important dates for the 2014-15 school year.

Our horizontal calendar shows all months of the school year, using a Monday – Friday weekly layout.

Downtown School Dispatch

Watch for upcoming editions of the Dispatch from Mr. Johnson.


Elementary Registration

Please bring the following:

1. Two documents stating established residency. This may include a purchase contract with possession date or closing date, mortgage statement, rental agreement, or utility bill, credit card statement. Post Office boxes do not qualify. If living in another person(s) home, provide a notarized statement from that person stating you and your child(ren) are living there with their name and address on it, as well as a utility bill in their name.
2. Birth Certificate
3. Immunization records
4. Your official photo identification, such as driver’s license, passport
5. Guardianship papers, if applicable

If you have questions regarding the Enrollment Process, please contact the Downtown School at 242-8422 or

Calendar of Events


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