School News


The Falcon Files Archive


Read the latest edition of the Falcon Files anytime on The Downtown School website. You’ll also find an archive of past editions. Just click on the image.


A Message from the DTS PTA


Your Downtown School PTA is pleased to bring you many fun activities throughout the year. Did you miss your chance to sign up at registration? It’s easy to join! Just send us an email at and drop off your check for $10 in the mailbox just inside the school entrance. Click on the image to read about PTA-sponsored activities and school events.

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Follow Us on Twitter!


The Downtown School is excited to begin actively using Twitter this school year.  Teachers and staff will tweet in real time about the student collaboration in our learning groups, the special events happening in our building and the learning opportunities occurring every day that make our school special.  Following us will keep you informed about our school, provide dinner time … Read more »


Book Swap Day Returns to DTS


Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, students can bring in a gently used, age appropriate book from home and swap it for a “new to them” book. Book swap will be Tuesday mornings from 7:50-8:15 in the lobby space between the library and the culminating event room. Be sure to check in your classroom first, then come to book swap!


Downtown School Kicks Off 2015-16 School Year


While the vast majority of DMPS students head back to class later this month, August 12 marked the first day of the 2015-16 school year for the Downtown School. We stopped by to get photographs of students excited for school and parents saying their goodbyes. To enjoy photos on our Flickr page, click on the image.


Online Registration Now Available at DMPS


Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to offer online registration to Downtown School families and families across the district. Each year, parents will receive an email though their Infinite Campus account with a personalized link to begin the online registration process. New families should check with the school office for instructions.

Upcoming Events

Oct 07
Conferences - 1:30 dismissal
Oct 08
Conferences - No school
Oct 09
No School
Oct 12
October Intersession - No School
Oct 23
No school – Teacher EQ 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!


See the latest edition of the Falcon Files.


Online registration is available district wide this year. Sign into your Infinite Campus account to get started.


Pay Textbook fees: $25 per student


Download the DMPS app on your smartphone for instant access to our calendar, staff 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; etc.


Consider before/afterschool care with Bright Horizons.


Suggested Classroom Supply Lists – 2015-16 School Year

Supply List for 5-6 Year Old Learning Groups

Supply List for Adams, Buckner & Watson 7/8 Learning Groups

Supply List for Gerstel & Miller 7/8 Learning Groups

Supply List for 9-10 Year Old Learning Groups

Download the 2015-2016 Downtown School Calendar now!

Enroll at the Downtown School Applications 

New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School for 2015-2016 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.


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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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