School News


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!


Fall Conferences are Around the Corner!


With the arrival of Fall comes our first set of student-led conferences! Please remember to bring your student along to their conference time on Oct. 12 or 13. Your teacher should be reaching out soon, if they haven’t already. A special thank you to our fabulous parent volunteers who provide so many wonderful perks both outside (see photo) and inside our school!

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PTA Creates Glossary of Downtown School Terms


If you’re new to the Downtown School, there are probably a few terms you’re unfamiliar with like, “All School Sing” or “Book Swap” or “Balanced Literacy”! You’re not alone. Our PTA has created a “Glossary of Terms” for DTS parents. Click on the headline above to check it out. Or find it under the “Parents” tab.


Welcome Back!


We hope everyone had a terrific first day at school! Remember, the school doors open at 7:50 a.m., school begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday. Wednesday is an early out day so teachers can focus on professional development. On Wednesdays, DTS dismisses at 1:30 p.m. Here’s to a fantastic year!


School Supply Lists Are Now Available


School supply lists are now available for download. They are organized by learning group. If you haven’t registered online, please do so soon. You’ll find a link to your student’s online registration on Infinite Campus. If you need help, staff will be available in the school library on Thursday, July 28 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click on the headline to find your school supply list.

Upcoming Events

Oct 27
All School Sing - CC Lower Gym
Oct 28
No school – Teacher EQ Development
Nov 11
PTA Meeting @ Noon in Library
Nov 18
All School Sing - CC Upper Gym
Nov 21
No school - Nov. 21-25

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 2016-17 Downtown School Calendar


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 our calendar, staff information, news 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, 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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