School News

Iowa Assessments at Park Avenue


Park Avenue 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will take the Iowa Assessments in the morning from Monday, April 2nd through Friday, April 6th. The Iowa Assessments measure student growth and progress from year to year. In addition, they provide information about your student’s academic performance relative to the school, the district, and the nation. Please … Read more »

PTA Meeting March 20th


The PTA will meet Tuesday, March 20th at 5:45 p.m. in the library. Please join us. We need your input and assistance with Fun Night. If we do not have enough Fun Night volunteers following this meeting, Fun Night will be cancelled. Check out the Park Avenue PTA Facebook page.

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New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

Kindergarten Sign Up Begins April 11th


Do you have a child who will turn 5 years old by September 15, 2018? If so, it is time to start thinking about kindergarten! Des Moines Public Schools will begin Kindergarten Sign Up on April 11, 2018 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please start collecting the following items, which you will need to bring to … Read more »

Spring Break! March 9 – 18


There will be no school on Friday, March 9, the first day of Spring Break! Students will have the following week off, and return to school on Monday, March 19. Have a safe and enjoyable break from school. Rest, relax and read!

Dr. Seuss is On The Loose at Park Avenue!


Park Avenue Elementary will celebrate the 114th birthday of Dr. Seuss during the week of February 26th. Dr. Seuss authored more than 60 children’s books that foster a love of reading and silliness in kids around the world. He gave advice on everything from trying new foods (Green Eggs and Ham) to showing respect (The Cat in … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Mar 28
Iowa Statewide Severe Weather Awareness Drill
Mar 30
No School – Professional Development Day
Mar 30
No Classes for Students: Staff Development
Apr 02
Iowa Assessments
Apr 03
School Board Meeting

Park Avenue School is an IB World School. Click here to learn more about this elite classification.

About Park Avenue Elementary School

3141 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

P: 515-242-8429 | E: 


The first school in Park Avenue district was on Ninth and Broad. It was called Belle School, after Samuel Bell, the first teacher. The school was a long brick schoolhouse built in 1868. Read more…

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