School News

Students arrive at DTS.

Downtown School First to Start the School Year


You may have noticed a couple of cameras this morning. District staff stopped by to help us celebrate the “first” first day of school for Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to view the start of a great 2018-19 school year!

oy studies in DTS classroom.

Welcome Back to School, Falcons!


Welcome back for school year 2018-19! Students are in good spirits and excited to explore, meet new friends and learn. This year brings changes to our calendar. A reminder that we have an early out this first week — dismissing at 1:10 p.m. all three days. Thanks for everyone’s patience as we iron out the wrinkles that come with adjusting to our new schedule.

Hand holding phone showing DMPS app.

Is Your Smartphone Ready for School?


In addition to the school website, The Downtown School offers a Twitter feed @dtwnfalcons and access to schedules, event photos, meal menus, student data and more through the DMPS mobile app, available for iPhone and Android. School starts Aug. 8. Are you connected?

Boy gets out of car.

New School Hours Begin on Aug. 8


Just another reminder that new school hours begin this Fall. The Downtown School day will begin at 7:30 a.m., with a no-cost breakfast available beginning at 7:15 a.m. The school day ends at 2:25 p.m., except for Wednesdays when students will be released at 1:10 p.m. Click on the headline to learn more about the district-wide change.

crayons and pencils

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.

Upcoming Events

Oct 24
School Picture Day
Oct 25
No School, Oct. 25-26
Nov 19
No School, Nov. 19-23
Dec 20
No School, Dec. 20-21
Dec 24
No School, Dec. 24-28

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

Bulletin Board

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

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.

Calendar of Events


About Downtown School

Downtown School entrance.

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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