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DMPS app

Downtown Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with The Downtown School and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


Downtown and Edmunds Welcome Students


The Downtown School and Edmunds Elementary welcomed students for the 2014-2015 school year today. Enthusiasm, joy and a lot of smiling faces filled hallways and classrooms. We wish all of you the very best this year — staff and students! Have fun and study hard. Click the image for photos of the day.


Last Day Filled with Laughter and Tears


The last day of the 2013-2014 school year was celebrated with laughter and tears in the Central Campus gym. Sing-alongs and a special video created just for outgoing 5th graders evoked a lot of emotion. To see photos, watch the video and read more about the last day assembly, click on the image.

Downtown Field Day

Downtown Students Enjoy Muggy Field Day


Downtown School students were treated to a field day before school ends this week. They rode the bus to Brody Middle School, played outdoor games and enjoyed grilled hotdogs for lunch. It was a muggy, warm morning peppered with a lot of laughter and smiles. Click on the image to see more photos.

Downtown literary

Character Day Explores Literary Interests


Downtown School may have some of the best class photos in the district. Students and teachers dressed up as a favorite book character for a rally and group photos in the library. Dozens of characters were represented and students were all smiles. Click the image for more photos.

Jones Chicks

‘Peep, Peep,’ Says Ricky the Chick


If you hear, “Peep, peep, peep,” coming from Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Wheeler’s classroom, you can believe your ears. A brooder with half-dozen chicks now sits in the middle of the room. Students have been learning about the life cycle of a chicken. To read more about it and see photos, click on the image.

Upcoming Events

Sep 01
Holiday - No classes, offices closed
Oct 08
Student-led Conferences - classes held, 1:30 adjusted dismissal for all students. Teachers on duty 4-8pm for Conferences.
Oct 09
Student-led conferences - No classes. Teachers on duty 12:15 - 8 p.m. for conferences
Oct 10
No Classes, Conference comp day
Oct 13
Fall intersession - no classes

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

Bulletin Board

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

The current Dispatch from Mr. Johnson, as well as archived editions, are available.


Elementary Registration

Thursday, July 24 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm


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

Suggested Classroom Supply Lists – 2014-15 School Year

5/6 Year Old Learning Group Supply List

Booth Jones Kerns Leise Mathews Wheeler 5-6 Supply List 2014


7/8 Year Old Learning Group Supply List

Allen Buckner Watson 7-8 Supply List 2014

Gerstel Miller 7-8 Supply List 2014


9/10 Year Old Learning Group Supply List

Arbogast Donovan 9-10 Supply List 2014

Badger Mann 9-10 Supply List 2014

Clark Sweeney 9-10 Supply List 2014

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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