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Downtown School October All School Sing.

October All School Sing!


It’s always a pleasure to get the students together and remind them how awesome they are as individuals and as a team! Click on the headline for a video link.

All School Sing! – Video Link in Post


Click on the headline, and then the link to listen to students sing, “You Are My Sunshine.”

The Future’s So Bright at Downtown School


Downtown students wore special shades, make pin hole cameras and watched NASA’s live stream as a new-in-their-lifetime event unfolded in front of them. Thank you to all of the parents and staff who donated glasses and treats, the teachers who incorporated this amazing event into their lesson plan and saw to the safety of our students, and to our amazing students for their enthusiasm, soaking up the celestial wonder of #Eclipse2017. Click on the image to see more photos!

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Falcon Files: Mid-August Edition


In this edition of the Falcon Files, Mr. Burnett covers viewing the eclipse, introduces a new Special Education teacher and announces the first All School Sing! Click on the headline to read more.


Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


No more pulling crumpled paper flyers from your student’s backpack! Opportunities in the community will now be available online, instead of jumbled up with homework and artwork. Read about child-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Girls pose for first day of school photo.

Downtown Celebrates First Day of School


Excitement, hugs and kisses, long goodbyes and pictures marked the first day of school at The Downtown School. We’re off to a great start! To see more fun photos, click on the image.

Upcoming Events

Nov 20
Thanksgiving Break 11/20-24
Nov 21
School Board Meeting
Dec 12
School Board Meeting
Dec 15
All School Sing!
Dec 18
Winter Recess – No School

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

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New families interested in enrolling may contact the district enrollment office: 242-7353. The enrollment window for school year 2018-19 is now open.

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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.

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About 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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