Elementary Schools

Providing a Great Start to Education

Elementary schools in Des Moines vary in age from nearly 120 years old to Edmunds, which opened in 2013.

Schools in Des Moines vary in age from nearly 120 years old to Edmunds, which opened in 2013.

More than 15,000 students attend 38 elementary schools throughout the school district.

Des Moines Public Schools does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to education, and that applies to our elementary schools, as well. The school district was the first in Iowa to offer the International Baccalaureate program, and four of our elementary schools – Hubbell, Park Avenue, Stowe, and Walnut Street – are IB World Schools. Cowles, which serves students in grades K-8, is Iowa’s only public Montessori school. The Downtown School has earned national recognition for its unique approach to learning, including combined grade levels; Phillips participates in the Core Knowledge program; and Wright is an Artful Learning school.  In addition, Smouse Opportunity School provides studentsin grades PK-5 with an educational program individualized to meet their special needs, including a special education consultant, school nurse, speech pathologist, school psychologist, school social worker, and occupational and physical therapists   Finally, four schools – Capitol View, Moulton and River Woods – provide families with the option of a continuous learning calendar.

In addition, Des Moines Public Schools provide a variety of preschool options, including programs at several of our elementary schools as well as with community partners.

For more information about elementary schools and preschools in Des Moines, visit the directory in the menu to the right.

Director of Elementary School Services

Barry Jones

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-7725 | E: barry.jones@dmschools.org

Director of Elementary Student Services

Mike Lord

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-7725 | E: michael.lord@dmschools.org