School News


Happy Fall!


The first part of our academic year is rapidly drawing to a close as we prepare for conferences this week. There’s no school Thursday and Friday, and Fall intercession begins next week! We’ll be back at school on Oct. 20. Let’s have a great week and enjoy the time with our families over break. Happy Fall!


DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the image to learn more and register to play.


What’s for Lunch? Ask the DMPS Mobile App


You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, click the header to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.

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Downtown School Picnic at Union Park


Eight-year-old Truman rockets past his friends at Union Park during the annual Downtown School picnic. Students and their families gathered to play together, enjoy the beautiful fall temperatures and climb on board the carousel for free rides! Thank you to the Downtown School PTA for sponsoring this fun event.

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Students Learn About Apples at the Orchard


Kindergarten and first-grade students are visiting the Center Grove Apple Orchard for hands-on experience during their apple unit. In the photo, Sayde Soyer learns how the orchard weighs down the branches of an apple tree so more of the leaves can receive the sun’s healthy rays!


Students Study Butterflies at Gray’s


Downtown School students Corinne Hyman and Callahan Stone use insect nets at Gray’s Lake Park to catch butterflies, examine them and identify characteristics that make them similar and different. The 7/8 year old age group is also studying the reason behind the decreased population of Monarch butterflies and the life cycle of the insects.

Upcoming Events

Oct 24
No School - Teacher EQ Development
Nov 26
No School
Nov 27
Holiday - No school, offices closed
Dec 22
No School - Winter Break
Dec 24
Holiday - Offices Closed

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

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Enroll at the Downtown School


New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School for 2014-2015 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.

Academic Calendar

We have two versions of our academic calendar – the 2014-15 Academic Calendar lists important dates for the 2014-15 school year.

Our horizontal calendar shows all months of the school year, using a Monday – Friday weekly layout.

Downtown School Dispatch

Watch for upcoming editions of the Dispatch from Mr. Johnson.


Elementary Registration

Please bring the following:

1. Two documents stating established residency. This may include a purchase contract with possession date or closing date, mortgage statement, rental agreement, or utility bill, credit card statement. Post Office boxes do not qualify. If living in another person(s) home, provide a notarized statement from that person stating you and your child(ren) are living there with their name and address on it, as well as a utility bill in their name.
2. Birth Certificate
3. Immunization records
4. Your official photo identification, such as driver’s license, passport
5. Guardianship papers, if applicable

If you have questions regarding the Enrollment Process, please contact the Downtown School at 242-8422 or

Calendar of Events


About Downtown School

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1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

P: 515-242-8422 | E: 


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