School News


The Science of Water in Mr. Miller’s Class


The students in Mr. Miller’s 2nd and 3rd grade class weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty at their Water Science Fair. From water density to how subs submerge, surface tension to rainbows in a box, students demonstrated their knowledge of that valuable resource we all use everyday!


Lunch and Learn: Blended Learning


Dana Allen and Erika Buckner, as DMPS Trailblazers, and Carlyn Cox from the DMPS Office of Innovation invite you to join them on Thursday, February 11th from 11:00 – 12:00 to learn about Blended Learning, another way to personalize learning with the use of technology. To learn more about the DMPS Trailblazers and the innovation with technology in the classroom, click on the headline.

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Follow Us on Twitter!


The Downtown School is excited about using Twitter this school year. Following us will keep you informed about our school, provide dinner time conversation starters with your child and allow extended family members to be a part of their special person’s learning environment. Check us out and follow us on Twitter @DtwnFalcons by clicking on the bird!

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2016-17 DTS Calendar Approved


The DMPS Board of Education approved the 2016-17 Downtown School calendar. The School Leadership Team created the calendar to address some of the concerns shared on the survey given in December. We truly appreciate the time you took to provide feedback. Please click on the headline or image to view the finalized calendar.

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Toys for Tots Donations Distributed


The students at the Downtown School partnered with the American Heart Association for a Hoops for Heart campaign in February.  As a school, we raised over $16,000 for the local chapter of the American Heart Association (AHA).  This amount was the highest in the state.  Our contributions saved over 340 lives right here in Iowa.  … Read more »


Middle and High School Feeder Pattern Changes


Downtown School’s feeder pattern is changing. DTS students will now be automatically enrolled at Callanan Middle School and Roosevelt High School, instead of attending Brody Middle School and Lincoln High School. If students do not wish to attend Callanan or Roosevelt, they may apply for within-district transfer the year before they enter middle or high school by clicking on the headline.

Upcoming Events

Feb 24
February Sing Along
Mar 09
Student Conferences
Mar 10
Student Conferences/No School
Mar 11
No school 3/11 - 3/18
Mar 24
Skating Party @ Skate North

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 2015-16, the Downtown School feeder pattern will change. 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 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

Calendars for Download

2016-2017 Downtown School Calendar

2015-2016 Downtown School Calendar

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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