School News

DTS student dressed up as Amelia Bedelia.

Book Character Day Coming Up May 3


Have a favorite literary character? Now is the time to start thinking about a costume! Book Character Day is on Wednesday, May 3. Click on the headline to learn more about the tradition and find some inspiration for this annual National Children’s Book Week DTS tradition!

DTS Yard Sign

Yard Signs and Car Magnets!


Do you have your DTS yard sign or magnet yet? The PTA is selling them for $15 and $5. The yard signs are made of a tough fiber that will stand up to wind and rain. Show your neighbors you are proud to be a Downtown School family! Look for them on sale on Skate Night and at the auction.

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2017-18 School Calendar Now Available


After a long wait, our 2017-18 calendar is now official and available for download. The Iowa Department of Education has approved our application to be a year-round school next year, and the DMPS school board approved the calendar. Click the headline to see next year’s calendar.

Good collected for JOPPA Drive

Fun PJs, Serious Topic at Downtown School


Our 7/8 friends hosted a charity drive for Joppa, a local nonprofit that advocates on behalf of the homeless. They dressed in pajamas to raise consciousness about the need to provide assistance to area homeless people. Then they asked their fellow Downtown School friends to bring supplies for the homeless. Our students brought more than 1,000 items over two days!


Students Meet Their Charity Goal


Downtown School students collected more than 1,500 items for the DMARC food pantries before Winter break. For exceeding their goal, and to celebrate the end of the calendar year, they were treated to a dance party in the gym! Click on the headline to see more fun photos.


Downtown School Hosts Holiday Concert


Downtown School 5s and 6s celebrated the arrival of winter with a fun choral concert for their families. Students sang about gingerbread men, melting snowmen and jingle bells! Thanks to our 5 and 6 teachers and staff for a wonderful time! Click on the headline to see photos of the concert.

Upcoming Events

May 01
Teacher Appreciation Wk, May 1-5
May 03
Book Character Day
May 12
PTA Meeting - Library
May 24
No school - Intersession 5/24/-6/2
May 29
Holiday – office closed

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 Downtown School Calendar updated 4-4-17

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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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