School News

Flyer for DTS Skate Night

DTS Skate Night Tuesday, April 10 at Skate North


Join us for Downtown School Skate Night at Skate North on Tuesday, April 10, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is free, thanks to the DTS PTA. Skate rental is $3. Skate North is located at 5621 Meredith Drive, Des Moines.

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!

Boy gets off bus

New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

Downtown School teachers gather around table.

Day Off for Students, Day On for Teachers


While students enjoyed a three-day weekend, teachers and staff at The Downtown School gathered for district wide professional development on Monday, learning how to better serve the students in their classrooms. Professional development is offered throughout the year, giving teachers and staff time to collaborate.

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!

Upcoming Events

Apr 20
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Apr 23
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May 01
School Board Meeting
May 02
All School Sing!
May 02
Book Character Day

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

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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.

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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