Preschools

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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: 515-262-3471 | 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: Cecil Brewton
P: 515-242-8418 | F: 515-262-1095 | E: carver@dmschools.org
Website: Carver Community 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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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: 515-244-1568 | 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: Tara Owen
P: 515-242-8407 | F: 515-244-7410 | E: findley@dmschools.org
Website: Findley 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: Beth Sloan
P: 515-242-8412 | F: 515-278-5707 | E: hillis@dmschools.org
Website: Hillis Elementary School
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Madison Elementary School

806 E. Hoffman Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

Madison Elementary School has a wonderfully, diverse population which includes about 40 percent of our students who are learning English as their second language. Many of our students are bilingual and speak both English and Spanish. We serve students in preschool through fifth grade.

Principal: Cory Heaberlin
P: 515-242-8420 | F: 515-265-6080 | E: madison@dmschools.org
Website: Madison Elementary School
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McKee Education Center

2115 E. 39th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

McKee Education Center provides preschool programming for three and four year old children. A variety of options are available including full and half day programming, Head Start, and Early Childhood Special Education. For enrollment information please contact the preschool office at the Welcome Center (1301 2nd Avenue or 242-7234).

P: 323-8628 | F: 323-8631 |

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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: 515-282-1327 | E: mckinley@dmschools.org
Website: McKinley Elementary School
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Mitchell Education Center

111 Porter Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Mitchell Education Center provides preschool programming for three and four year old children. A variety of options are available including full and half day programming, Head Start, and Early Childhood Special Education. For enrollment information please contact the preschool office at the Welcome Center (1301 2nd Avenue or 242-7234).

P: 242-8424 | F: 285-7457 |

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Moulton Extended Learning Center

1541 8th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314

Moulton Extended Learning Center operates on an extended year calendar and is proud to serve Des Moines students from Head Start through 8th grade.

Principal: Cheri Dixon
P: 515-242-8427 | F: 515-288-1346 | E: moulton@dmschools.org
Website: Moulton Extended Learning Center
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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.

Principal: Laurel Prior-Sweet
P: 515-242-8431 | F: 515-265-3406 | 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 is located in east Des Moines and serves approximately 325 students. Pleasant Hill Elementary is proud of its active PTO and parent involvement. Our motto is “What’s Best for Kids? Whatever It Takes!” Everyone, Expecting, Excellence, Everyday! The Pleasant Hill Panthers are Proud to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe! Pleasant Hill Elementary is a two section per grade level elementary building serving preschool through fifth grade. Pleasant Hill Elementary is an open space school which means there are not walls between the classroom areas.

Principal: Terrie Price
P: 515-242-8432 | F: 515-265-8344 | 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 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.

Principal: Jill Burnett Requist
P: 515-242-8433 | F: 515-244-2386 | E: riverwoods@dmschools.org
Website: River Woods 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: Leslie Timmerman
P: 515-242-8210 | F: 515-242-8214 | E: smouse@dmschools.org
Website: Smouse Opportunity 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: 515-287-1740 | 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: Craig Leager
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: 515-265-1388 | E: willard@dmschools.org
Website: Willard Elementary School
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Woodlawn Education Center

4000 Lower Beaver Road, Des Moines, IA

Woodlawn Education Center provides preschool programming for three and four year old children. A variety of options are available including full and half day programming, Head Start, and Early Childhood Special Education. For enrollment information please contact the preschool office at the Welcome Center (1301 2nd Avenue or 242-7234).

P: 515-242-8213 | F: 515-279-8545 |