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2018-19 School Supply Lists Available


The first day of the 2018-19 school year is just around the corner and we know plenty of you are planners! Click on the headline to view suggested school supply lists for all classrooms. We hope you’re enjoying the summer!

Students dance

Kindergarten Students to ‘JumpStart’ the Year


Downtown School students entering kindergarten in the Fall are welcome to attend Kindergarten JumpStart on July 30-31. Parents are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on July 30. Students will meet their new teacher, visit the playground and see how breakfast and lunch are served. There will also be many activities in the classrooms. Click on the headline to learn more about this exciting start to the school year.

Students hold D-T-S letters.

Have a Great Summer, Downtown School Falcons!


Thank you to all of our staff, students and families for another great year! We enjoyed an All School Sing and many special activities today. Students even volunteered to help teachers clean and organize classrooms. Way to go, Falcons! Have a terrific summer break. We will see you back here on August 8 at 7:30 a.m. for the first day of school!

Two boys pose for first day of school picture.

Revised Calendar Includes ‘Early Out’ Dismissal Time


We’ve updated the 2018-19 school calendar to include the Wednesday adjusted dismissal time of 1:10 p.m. All school days will begin at 7:30 a.m. Dismissal time, except for Wednesdays, is at 2:25 p.m. Click on the headline to see the full calendar for 2018-19.

Students dressed up as Pete the Cat and Stuart Little

Books Come to Life at Downtown School


Downtown School students, teachers and staff continued a long tradition of bringing books to life each year. Book Character Day 2018 included a parade, singing and reader’s theater presented by the grownups. Books including, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’, the Harry Potter series, and more than 100 more were represented in this celebration of children’s literature. Click on the headline to see more photos.

Happy Valentines Day! A lot of BIG HEARTS are helping to save lives at The Downtown School!


Thank you for your help with fundraising! Please click on the headline for a photo of our students making a heart shape, and video of the process — what fun we had celebrating!

Upcoming Events

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Jul 30
Kindergarten Jumpstart
Jul 31
Kindergarten Jumpstart
Aug 08
First Day of School 7:30 AM
Aug 31
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1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
P: 515-242-8422 | F: 515-242-7391

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Download the 2018-19 Downtown School Calendar rev. 5/14

5-6 Student Supply List 2018-19
7-8 Student Supply List 2018-19
9-10 Student Supply List 2018-19

Enroll at the Downtown School
New families interested in enrolling may contact the district enrollment office: 242-7353.

Access Childcare
Bright Horizons offers 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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