News
November 9th, 2018

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 »


November 9th, 2018

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 »


November 7th, 2018

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 »


November 5th, 2018

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 »


November 2nd, 2018

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 »


October 26th, 2018

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!


October 26th, 2018

The PTA is a strong supporter of Downtown School, offering students and faculty opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise. If you feel pulled to join their team, click on the headline to read more.


August 8th, 2018

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!


August 8th, 2018

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.


August 2nd, 2018

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?