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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jefferson Elementary School
2425 Watrous Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50321
Jefferson Elementary Traditional School is a community that provides academic excellence through a differentiated rigorous curriculum and a joint commitment from students, families and staff. Our learning envronment will foster exemplary behavior and responsible citizens.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Phillips Elementary School
1701 Lay Street, Des Moines, IA 50317
Phillips Traditional School is a school of choice 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.
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.
River Woods Elementary School
2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320
River Woods is a Continuous Learning Calendar school serving 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.