School News


Summer Assistance for Families in Need


If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.

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Haven’t You Heard? Bird’s the Word!


Birds of a feather stick together — like the DTS Falcons and the Twitter bluebird! Take a moment to follow Downtown School on Twitter for pictures, reminders and more! Click on the Twitter bluebird for a link to our Twitter feed — then click “follow.”


Have Downtown School Pride? Pass it on!


The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is calling on all parents to dig through the closet and donate the gently used Downtown School t-shirts your student has outgrown! The PTA will distribute them to younger DTS students. Drop off shirts in the office until June 17. And, Go Falcons!


Don’t Forget Tuesday Book Swaps!


Can you believe that as of today, there are five more Tuesday morning book swaps before the end of the school year? Please bring in a gently used book to swap for a “new to you” book. This is a fun way to pass on a great book so you and your friends can enjoy sharing great reads!

Downtown Sing Along - January 2013

Run for a Spot on the Downtown PTA Board!


The Parent Teacher Association needs you! The PTA board is taking nominations for board positions this Friday, May 20 at noon in the school library. For more information about the variety of positions available, click on the headline!


Dr. Seuss Inspires Creativity and Fun


Mrs. Gerstel and Mr. Miller’s 7 and 8-year-old learners put their research, art and performance skills to the test this month when they created their own costumes, set and some of the scripting for their Seussical performance in the culminating event room. To see and download photos from the day, click on the image.

Upcoming Events

Jun 29
June Sing Along - 8:45 (note time change)
Jun 29
Last day of school
Jul 04
Holiday - Office closed
Aug 10
First Day of School
Sep 02
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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!

As of 2015, the Downtown School feeder pattern changed. Students will now be automatically enrolled in Callanan Middle School and Roosevelt High School, instead of Brody Middle School and Lincoln High School. Students who wish to attend a different middle or high school may find out more about a within-district transfer, here.


See the latest edition of the Falcon Files.


Online registration begins July 5.  You will receive an email with a registration link through Infinite Campus.  You may complete the process entirely online at your convenience, or you can come to the school library on July 27 between 1:00 p.m. and 7 p.m. for assistance from staff.


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.

Calendars for Download

2016-17 Downtown School Calendar
2015-16 Downtown School Student Calendar (rev 02/16)

Enroll at the Downtown School Applications 

New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School 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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