School News


Enjoy the Winter Break!


Our buddy Snoopy is ready for the holidays! It’s time for students and staff to take a well-deserved break and spend time with family. Winter recess begins today, and we’ll see you back at school on Monday, Jan.5. Happy Holidays! Enjoy!


5 & 6-year-olds Sing About Winter Fun


The Downtown School 5 and 6-year-olds sang about “Mitten Weather”, the “Gingerbread Man”, “Jingle Bells” and the love that goes along with the holidays in the Central Campus Auditorium this week. Everyone agrees they did an excellent job. Happy Holidays everyone!


Students Focus on U.S. Constitution


Ms. Clark’s and Mrs. Sweeney’s classroom focused on the U.S. Constitution for two intense weeks of study involving many members of the community, role play and presentation preparation. What resulted was a multi-media culminating event and a room full of students who appreciate our country today. Click the image to read more.


Time to Refocus on Staying Healthy


It’s that time of year again when we spend more time indoors and germs have a chance to spread in close quarters like classrooms and cafeterias. Absences due to illness are starting to creep up in number. To read more about the germs we’re fighting, and how to keep your family healthy, click on the headline.

Mock election 2014

Downtown School Mock Election Results Are In


In November, Downtown School students participated in a mock election. The older kids put a lot of work into preparing for the day. Click on the photo to learn about the experience from three budding student-journalists, and see who won the election!


Two Iowa PAEMST Finalists Teach at DTS


For the third year in a row, two of Iowa’s finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are from DMPS. Molly Sweeney and Jessica Watson – both teachers here at the Downtown School – are among seven Iowa teachers nominated for the nation’s top science and math educator award. Click the headline to learn more about them.

Upcoming Events

Dec 22
Winter Break Dec. 22 - Jan. 2
Dec 24
Holiday - Offices Closed
Dec 25
Holiday - Offices Closed
Dec 31
Holiday - Offices closed
Jan 01
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

Read the latest edition of Mr. Johnson’s Downtown School Dispatch here.


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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