School News


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!


The Falcon Files: August 21, 2015


In this edition of the Falcon Files, the first All-School Sing is scheduled, picture day is coming up in September and the Parent-Teacher Association needs our help. Plus, parking information you need to know. We hope you’re enjoying your first weeks of school!

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PTA Ice Cream Social September 14th


Get to know our new DTS Principal! On Monday, September 14th from 6-8 pm, come enjoy a treat from the ice cream truck ‘Outside Scoop’ provided by the PTA. Drive to the back pickup area behind DTS (near the playground) and park.  We will gather there and up in the DTS learning garden.  If you … Read more »


New Edition of the Falcon Files


Welcome back, falcons! New pick-up procedures in the circle drive, expansion of the playground and upcoming P.T.A. events are all topics in this edition of the Downtown School Falcon Files. Click on the image to read more from Principal Stephanie Flickinger.


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 this morning to get photographs of students excited for school and parents saying their goodbyes. To enjoy photos on our Flickr page, click on the image.

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Back to School Night at Union Park – Thursday, September 24th


Mark your calendars for the annual Back to School Night at Union Park which will happen from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 24th. This is an informal get-together for students and families.  Feel free to bring dinner to the park. Some families pack a picnic, while others grab drive through. The rocket slide is another … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 28
All-School Sing
Sep 04
No School
Sep 07
No School - Labor Day
Sep 11
PTA Meeting
Sep 18
Picture Day

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

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Get ready for the 2015-16 school year! 


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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