Elementary Schools


Brubaker Elementary School

2900 East 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

Brubaker Elementary School is the result of the successful merger of Douglas and McKee Elementary Schools, supporting students in general education, students with autism, as well as those in our Intellectually Disabled classroom. We are focused on our PBIS expectations of being respectful, responsible and safe.

Principal: Mark Adams
P: 515-242-8405 | F: 515-323-8611 | E: brubaker@dmschools.org
Website: Brubaker Elementary School
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Capitol View Elementary School

320 East 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

Capitol View Elementary is a continuous calendar school whose vision is to nurture resilient young people from preschool through 5th grade who are prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Principal: Marsha Kerper
P: 515-242-8402 | F: 515-323-8612 | E: capitolview@dmschools.org
Website: Capitol View Elementary School
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Carver Community School

705 East University, Des Moines, IA 50316

Carver Community School is truly a community effort in support of providing children with a great education. Not only is Carver a PK-5 elementary school, but it also includes an early education center as well as a Boys & Girls Club facility.

Principal: Jill Burnett-Requist
P: 515-242-8418 | F: 515-323-8613 | E: carver@dmschools.org
Website: Carver Community School
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Cattell Elementary School

3101 East 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

Cattell School first opened in 1890, and is proud to be named for an Iowa state legislator who was an early proponent of educational opportunity for all, regardless of race. Cattell's current home was built on our original site in 1992.

Principal: Tiona Sandbulte
P: 515-242-8403 | F: 515-323-8614 | E: cattell@dmschools.org
Website: Cattell Elementary School
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Cowles Montessori School

6401 College Avenue, Windsor Heights, IA 50324

Located in the community of Windsor Heights, Cowles is Iowa's only public Montessori school, serving students in preschool through 8th grade.

Principal: Gregory Grylls
P: 515-242-7818 | F: 515-279-2502 | E: cowles@dmschools.org
Website: Cowles Montessori School
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Downtown School

1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

The Downtown School is a place where students learn: unencumbered by desks, grade levels, or the limited information between the covers of a textbook. 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.

Principal: Stephanie Flickinger
P: 515-242-8422 | F: 515-242-7391 | E: downtown@dmschools.org
Website: Downtown School
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Elementary schools in Des Moines vary in age from nearly 120 years old to Edmunds, which opened in 2013.

Edmunds Elementary School

950 15th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314

Edmunds Elementary is a PK-5 neighborhood school. The Edmunds community provides a relevant, engaging and challenging learning environment. Each child attending Edmunds will be equipped to use their experiences in meaningful ways throughout their lives.

Principal: Jaynette Rittman
P: 515-242-8406 | F: 515-323-8615 | E: edmunds@dmschools.org
Website: Edmunds Elementary School
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Findley Elementary School

3025 Oxford Street, Des Moines, IA 50313

Findley Elementary School is a neighborhood school serving preschool through fifth grade students. Findley’s mission is to accept nothing less than high academic and social achievement from every student.

Principal: Barb Adams
P: 515-242-8407 | F: 515-323-8617 | E: findley@dmschools.org
Website: Findley Elementary School
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Garton Elementary School

2820 E. 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

Garton is the successfully merged building of Adams and Garton elementary schools. Garton meets the diverse needs of all learners by providing support to ELL, Special Education and mentally and physically disabled students. We have high expectation for our staff, students, and parents, and teach our students to be responsible, respectful and caring citizens through the PBIS model. Our students know that their job is to be a learner and we are here for learning!

Principal: Renita Lord
P: 515-242-8408 | F: 515-323-8619 | E: garton@dmschools.org
Website: Garton Elementary School
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Greenwood Elementary School

316 37th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

When Greenwood first opened in 1901, it was its very own school district until joining in the city-wide consolidation in 1907. Today, Greenwood School serves nearly 450 elementary students, from first generation Americans to descendants of Des Moines’ founding families.

Principal: Eric Huinker
P: 515-242-8410 | F: 515-323-8620 | E: greenwood@dmschools.org
Website: Greenwood Elementary School
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Hanawalt Elementary School

225 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

Hanawalt Elementary is a neighborhood school that serves the west side of Des Moines with a rich tradition of educational and social excellence. With 100 years of service to its community, Hanawalt offers a model academic experience, targeting whole child learning through an emphasis on physical wellness, fine arts, and technology.

Principal: Kelly Schofield
P: 515-242-8411 | F: 515-323-8621 | E: hanawalt@dmschools.org
Website: Hanawalt Elementary School
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Hillis Elementary School

2401 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

Hillis Elementary School is a place where learning comes alive. We serve students in preschool through fifth grade. Our teachers design and facilitate lessons to make learning relevant and rigorous, and use the latest research behind effective math instruction and methodology called Cognitively Guided Instruction. Hillis also plays an active role with the community's healthy living efforts, including a new trail at the school and programs to promote walking and biking to school.

Principal: Renee Gelfond
P: 515-242-8412 | F: 515-323-8622 | E: hillis@dmschools.org
Website: Hillis Elementary School
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Howe Elementary School

2900 Indianola Road, Des Moines, IA 50315

Howe Elementary opened in 1918 and has been proudly serving students and families on the south side since then. Howe Elementary is a small school serving 300 students in grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Howe Elementary is a PBIS school and our new slogan is “Go Nice: Work Hard, Be Kind, Stay Strong, Dream Big!” Staff and students at Howe Elementary live the slogan every day.

Principal: Jill Burke
P: 515-242-8413 | F: 515-323-8624 | E: howe@dmschools.org
Website: Howe Elementary School
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Hubbell Elementary School

800 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

Hubbell Elementary School is the first authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years World School in Iowa. We are situated at the confluence of five historic neighborhoods and proudly serve a worldly population of students and families.

Principal: Carrie Belt
P: 515-242-8414 | F: 515-242-8290 | E: hubbell@dmschools.org
Website: Hubbell Elementary School
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Jackson Elementary School

3825 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50320

Jackson Elementary strives to create a safe, positive nurturing learning environment, to possess technological and information literacy and equips students to be lifelong learners, contributing citizens, people of character, and self- directed learners.

Principal: Cindy Wissler
P: 515-242-8415 | F: 515-323-8626 | E: jackson@dmschools.org
Website: Jackson Elementary School
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Jefferson Elementary School

2425 Watrous Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50321

Jefferson Elementary School is a community that provides academic excellence through a differentiated rigorous curriculum and a joint commitment from students, families and staff. Our learning environment will foster exemplary behavior and responsible citizens.

Principal: Mary Minard
P: 515-242-8416 | F: 515-323-8627 | E: jefferson@dmschools.org
Website: Jefferson Elementary School
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King Elementary School

1849 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

King Elementary is a K-5 campus located in the King-Irving neighborhood. We are proud that we have the opportunity to educate the students of our community.

Principal: Kisha Barnes
P: 515-242-8417 | F: 515-323-8628 | E: king@dmschools.org
Website: King Elementary School
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Lovejoy Elementary School

801 E. Kenyon Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315

The mission of Lovejoy Elementary School is to nurture, educate and inspire. Lovejoy is a K-5 elementary school offering a strong/diverse academic program emphasizing the development of the whole child. Go Cruisers!

Principal: Shelly Pospeshil
P: 515-242-8419 | F: 515-323-8629 | E: lovejoy@dmschools.org
Website: Lovejoy Elementary School
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Madison Elementary School

806 E. Hoffman Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

Madison Elementary is a Turn Around Arts school that serves approximately 315 students in North Des Moines. As a Turn Around Arts School, classroom teachers work with our art and music teachers to integrate arts based teaching strategies into your student’s learning. Along with integrating arts into our daily instruction, we have various arts-based after school activities. This includes Turn-Around the Night, Boogie on the Blacktop, Cultural Night, and our Drama Club performances.

Principal: Cory Heaberlin
P: 515-242-8420 | F: 515-323-8630 | E: madison@dmschools.org
Website: Madison Elementary School
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McKinley Elementary School

1610 SE 6th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

McKinley Elementary serves as a school and as a resource center for our diverse community. Many of our PK-5 students bring a rich cultural heritage that finds expression at McKinley, a school that has served the community since 1902.

Principal: Lois Brass
P: 515-242-8423 | F: 515-242-8496 | E: mckinley@dmschools.org
Website: McKinley Elementary School
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Monroe Elementary School

3015 Francis Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310

Monroe serves approximately 550 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. We are a diverse community focused on increasing student achievement.

Principal: Laurel Prior-Sweet
P: 515-242-8425 | F: 515-323-8632 | E: monroe@dmschools.org
Website: Monroe Elementary School
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Moore Elementary School

3716 50th Street, Des Moines 50310

Moore Elementary School is re-opening in the 2015-16 school year to serve the families of Beaverdale and northwest Des Moines.

Principal: Beth Sloan
P: 515-242-8426 | F: 515-323-8633 | E: moore@dmschools.org
Website: Moore Elementary School
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Morris Elementary School

1401 Geil Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315

James B. Morris Elementary School is located on the city's south side serves approximately 610 K-5 students. Our philosophy centers around building strong foundations for the humanistic side of the teaching and learning process while promoting high levels of academic rigor individualized to the needs of every student. Our goal is to utilize a unified approach to expose students to essential skills and concepts that will aid them in promoting successful adult lives.

Principal: Sherry Amos
P: 515-242-8421 | F: 515-323-8634 | E: morris@dmschools.org
Website: Morris Elementary School
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Moulton Elementary School

1541 8th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314

Moulton Elementary serves students in grades Pre-School to 5th grade.

Principal: Eric Van Dorin
P: 515-242-8427 | F: 515-323-8635 | E: moulton@dmschools.org
Website: Moulton Elementary School
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Oak Park Elementary School

3928 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

Oak Park first opened its doors in 1891, serving children from the historic neighorhoods of Highland and Oak Park. More than a century later, we are the educational home for more than 400 K-5 students.

Principal: Jill Bryson
P: 515-242-8428 | F: 515-323-8636 | E: oakpark@dmschools.org
Website: Oak Park Elementary School
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Park Avenue

Park Avenue Elementary School

3141 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

Park Avenue is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School. Our mission statement: Learners at Park Avenue will be directed, life-long learners with a clear world view. We will listen carefully, cooperate, and demonstrate respect for ourselves, others and the world around us.

Principal: Dianna Anderson
P: 515-242-8429 | F: 515-323-8637 | E: parkavenue@dmschools.org
Website: Park Avenue Elementary School
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Perkins Elementary School

4301 College, Des Moines, IA 50311

Perkins Academy is a culturally diverse community of high achieving students. Academic Data Teams and student data are the catalyst of Professional development and instruction throughout the year. Community relationships are valued and encouraged with our external community. Their generosity and support provide many resources and opportunities to augment student learning.

Principal: Dan Koss
P: 515-242-8430 | F: 515-323-8638 | E: perkins@dmschools.org
Website: Perkins Elementary School
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Phillips Elementary School

1701 Lay Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

Phillips Elementary School is where students in preschool through fifth grade are expected to follow a code of respect, responsibility and safety, follow a dress code, and adhere to the homework policy of the school. Phillips offers the Core Knowledge Sequence, specific content for elementary students.

Principal: Kristy Fitzgerald
P: 515-242-8431 | F: 515-323-8639 | E: phillips@dmschools.org
Website: Phillips Elementary School
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Pleasant Hill Elementary School

4801 E. Oakwood Dr., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

Pleasant Hill Elementary, renovated in 2013, is located in east Des Moines and serves approximately 310 students. Pleasant Hill is proud of having an active PTO, dedicated staff, and wonderful students. Pleasant Hill Panthers are Proud to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. Pleasant Hill is a two section per grade level elementary building serving preschool through fifth grade. Pleasant Hill’s motto is What’s Best for Kids? Whatever It Takes! Pleasant Hill Elementary is a small school in a big city where everyone knows each other.

Principal: Terrie Price
P: 515-242-8432 | F: 515-323-8640 | E: pleasanthill@dmschools.org
Website: Pleasant Hill Elementary School
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River Woods Elementary School

2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320

River Woods serves students pre-K through grade 5. Our school opened in 2000 to meet the needs of our growing southeast Des Moines neighborhood. At River Woods, our mission includes the concepts identified in the core principles that define our work: providing learners with meaningful, differentiated learning experiences, collaboration and a common vision for achievement, and maintaining a safe, responsible and respectful school climate.

Principal: Traci Shipley
P: 515-242-8433 | F: 515-323-8641 | E: riverwoods@dmschools.org
Website: River Woods Elementary School
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Samuelson Elementary School

3929 Bel Aire Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

Samuelson Elementary School opened in September 1965, named in honor of Agnes Samuelson, a long-time superintendent of schools in Iowa. All of our teaching staff has been trained in Cognitively Guided Math, which concentrates on solving math word problems multiple ways. In literacy, students are taught skill-based strategies at their instructional level. Students also are exposed to fulltime art, music, and physical education classes taught by certified teachers.

Principal: Cindy Roerig
P: 515-242-8441 | F: 515-323-8642 | E: samuelson@dmschools.org
Website: Samuelson Elementary School
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Smouse Opportunity School

2820 Center Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

Smouse Opportunity School provides each PK-5 student an educational program that is individualized to meet his or her needs. To assist the teaching staff, the school has a special education consultant, school nurse, speech pathologist, school psychologist, school social worker, and occupational and physical therapists to support the instructional program.

Principal: Roxanne Cumings
P: 515-242-8210 | F: 515-242-8214 | E: smouse@dmschools.org
Website: Smouse Opportunity School

South Union

South Union Elementary School

4201 S. Union Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

South Union Elementary is a union of Granger and Mitchell Elementary schools. We prepare students to be productive citizens through academics, arts and wellness.

Principal: Bill Szakacs
P: 515-242-8409 | F: 515-323-8644 | E: southunion@dmschools.org
Website: South Union Elementary School
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Stowe Elementary School

1411 East 33rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

Stowe has proudly served the Eastside community for nearly 100 years. Located on ten acres of an oak savannah, Stowe provides many engaging opportunities for students, including an outdoor classroom. As an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Stowe focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world. The Stowe learning community holds high standards, offering a rigorous and challenging education that prepares our students for life in a globalized 21st century world.

Principal: Jennifer Williams
P: 515-242-8435 | F: 515-323-8645 | E: stowe@dmschools.org
Website: Stowe Elementary School
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Studebaker Elementary School

300 E. County Line Rd., Des Moines, IA 50320

Studebaker Elementary School’s school community promotes and instills a sense of pride while creating a positive learning environment in which students are encouraged to try their best and play an active role as a member of the Studebaker team. We serve students in preschool through fifth grade.

Principal: Brian Crook
P: 515-242-8436 | F: 515-323-8646 | E: studebaker@dmschools.org
Website: Studebaker Elementary School
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901 Walnut Street is both the administrative office of Des Moines Public Schools and the home of the Walnut Street School, an IB World School.

Walnut Street School

901 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Walnut Street School, located in downtown, is proud to be a school of choice for PK-5 students and families from across the Des Moines metropolitan area. As an International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Program World School, we have a strong emphasis on inquiry instruction, international-mindedness, Mandarin Chinese language and culture which is realized through an integrated curriculum.

Principal: Rob Burnett
P: 515-242-8438 | F: 515-242-8372 | E: walnutstreet@dmschools.org
Website: Walnut Street School
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Willard Elementary School

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317

Willard Elementary School has been meeting the educational needs of east side students for many generations. We have a wonderfully diverse student population, and we currently serve approximately 475 students in the Head Start program through fifth grade.

Principal: Julie Kruse
P: 515-242-8439 | F: 515-323-8647 | E: willard@dmschools.org
Website: Willard Elementary School
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Windsor Elementary School

5912 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Windsor Elementary School is a diverse and intentionally inclusive school where all students are provided a foundation for success in a global community. Our school has a rich tradition of inspiring students to be successful in society, educational endeavors, and interpersonal relationships. Windsor takes pride in its strong community partnerships, parental support, and extensive student involvement activities.

Principal: Scott Nichols
P: 515-242-8440 | F: 515-323-8648 | E: windsor@dmschools.org
Website: Windsor Elementary School
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Wright Elementary School

5001 SW 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

Wright Elementary is an Artful Learning Legacy School. The Artful Learning model consists of four main elements—experience, inquire, create and reflect—which encourage and support best teaching practices and improve the manner in which both students and teachers learn.

Principal: Michelle Hurlburt
P: 515-242-8442 | F: 515-323-8649 | E: wright@dmschools.org
Website: Wright Elementary School
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