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Important Information for DTS Families


If you were unable to attend last week’s family meetings, please click on the headline for a summary of what was discussed, along with a plan for what’s next for the Downtown School.


Parent Information Meetings


The students are getting ready for Field Day and their last day of classes, while teachers and staff are already talking about what next year will look like at DTS! Mrs. Flickinger is hosting parent meetings to share information and answer questions. Join her in the Central Campus Auditorium, Wednesday, June 21 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. or in the Central Campus Multi-purpose room (board room), Thursday, June 22 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. See you there!

Teachers dress up for book character day.

Book Character Day Photos Now Available


A special thank you to “Blind Photography” for professional photos of all of our wonderful book characters! Click on the headline to see all of the photos. Once you have a favorite, right click and “download.” Hint: the photo mark disappears once the photo has been downloaded.

Granny awards

The Granny Awards: A Musical Success


Ms. Watson and Ms. Matthews’ second and third grade students owned the Central Campus auditorium with their performance of, “The Granny Awards.” Granny, who was retired from show business, honored all of our favorite fairy tale characters.


Engineering Partnership with ISU a Win-Win


Initial results of Trinect — a five-year collaboration between Iowa State University and the Des Moines Public Schools funded by a $4.5 million National Science Foundation grant — show that elementary school teachers and their students are developing a better understanding of engineering, while engineers are learning how to better communicate their craft. The partnerships have opened up a whole new world of discovery. Click the headline to read more.

A boy dresses up as his favorite book character.

Downtown School Celebrates Books


From Rosie Revere, Engineer to the man in the yellow hat to Clark the Shark and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Downtown School students and teachers celebrated their favorite books by dressing as their favorite book characters. The school invited parents down to share in the fun today at a rally in the Central Campus auditorium. Click on the headline to see more photos on the district’s Flickr page.

Upcoming Events

Jun 27
Field Day
Jun 28
Last Day of School
Jun 28
All School Sing
Jun 29
Enjoy the Summer!
Jul 04
Happy 4th of July!

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 DTS Calendar (rev. 4-4-17)

Download the 2016-17 Downtown School Calendar

Order an official Downtown School T-shirt


Read the latest edition of the Falcon Files


Pay textbook fees online


Follow us on Twitter: @DtwnFalcons


Download the DMPS app on your smartphone for on-the-go instant access to the lunch menu, our calendar, staff contact information and Infinite Campus!


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 Dana Jarvis in the district enrollment office: 242-7353.  The enrollment office begins accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year on July 1, 2017. Applications are approved as space becomes available at the school.

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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