School News

Movie Night – Despicable Me 3


Please plan to join us for our DTS Movie Night on Friday, January 19th at 6 PM in the Central Campus Auditorium. Please RSVP by clicking this link.

show choir performs

Merrill Middle School Show Choir Visits The Downtown School


Thank you to the Merrill Middle School Show Choir for a festive performance for students and staff right before the holidays. Click on the headline to see video!

teachers talk wellness

The ‘Price is Right’ for DTS Teachers & Staff


Downtown School teachers and staff were recently featured in the districtwide employee health newsletter. The article commended their creative effort to keep everyone engaged in personal health and well-being. Mrs. V (Deb Van Waardhuizen), the Downtown School’s Wellness Champion, focused the activities on learning about sugar, and included a Price is Right style game of ranking sugar content in various foods! Nice work!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Earn Books for our Library!


Love the Grinch? Buy the book, or any others at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, Dec. 2 and the DTS library gets a portion of the proceeds! Just say “The Downtown School” at checkout. Plus, there will be a special reading by Mr. Burnett at 10 a.m., and the DTS band and orchestra students will perform at 1:30 p.m. See you there!

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.”

Upcoming Events

Jan 19
DTS Movie Night
Jan 22
No School – Professional Development
Jan 23
School Board Meeting
Jan 26
All School Sing!
Feb 06
School Board Meeting

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

Bulletin Board

Download the 2017-18 Downtown School Calendar

Download the 2018-19 Downtown School Calendar (rev. 1/18)

Enroll at the Downtown School
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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Access Childcare
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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