School News

Mr. Burnett to Lead Discussion on Growth


Have you ever wondered if your child is acting appropriately for his or her age? If you want to learn more, plan on attending the All-Parent PTA meeting at 5pm on Monday, Nov. 12 in the DTS Library. Principal Robert Burnett will talk about a number of student development topics, including: Growth, behaviors & impact … Read more »

Teachers dress up for book character day.

PTA Barnes and Noble Fundraiser Dec. 1


Who loves books? We do! Come prepared with your Christmas lists to the Barnes and Noble on University Ave. Dec. 1 to help raise money for the DTS Library. Last year’s event raised $2000 which equaled to 125 books for the DTS Library. Plus, Mr. Burnett reads at 11 a.m. The PTA is looking for … Read more »

A female student examines a leaf.

Project Based Learning Takes a Woodland Hike


On Monday, Downtown School students in Mrs. Badger’s class took at DMPS bus to Walnut Woods State Park to more closely examine a woodland habitat. “This is a down and dirty exploration,” Badger told parents, reminding them to send students to school in ‘rough-and-tumble’ clothes. Students brought clipboards, nature journals, and creative materials in backpacks … Read more »

Teacher takes selfie with students walking on trail.

Outing Finds Resources Within Walking Distance


Kate Badger’s class grabbed their jackets and were very shortly on the walking trail to Gray’s Lake. The students were posed with the following driving question: “How can we create a creature that could not only survive, but thrive, in an Iowan woodland?” In order to meet this challenge, students began to learn about the … Read more »

Man bids on item at auction.

Volunteers Needed for DTS Fundraising Auction


It’s time to raise your hand and volunteer to help put together Downtown School’s largest biennial fundraiser — the DTS Auction! The PTA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help plan and organize donations, food, entertainment, classroom projects, etc. The auction is an adult only evening for parents, the community, and teachers to come together … Read more »

DTS staff listens to speaker.

Buck Institute Visits DTS in October


Our staff was visited by a National Faculty member of the Buck Institute to strengthen and reflect on our journey to becoming the Gold Standard of Project Based Learning (PBL). All of which made possible by funding from the PTA. Thank you for your generous support!

Upcoming Events

Nov 16
All School Sing!
Nov 19
No School, Nov. 19-23
Nov 28
Picture Retake Day
Dec 01
Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
Dec 20
No School, Dec. 20-21

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 may contact the district enrollment office: 242-7353.

Access Childcare
Bright Horizons offers childcare onsite. The Creative Center for Young Children (CCYC) offers transportation from the Downtown School to childcare at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant Street, Des Moines.

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About Downtown School

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1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

P: 515-242-8422 | E: 

New School Hours: 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM (Wed. 1:10 PM)


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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