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Downtown DSM Education

In Downtown Des Moines (DSM), education is a priority. As a state, Iowa puts an emphasis on elite learning opportunities, and Downtown DSM is no different. From elementary through high school, college and beyond, Downtown DSM helps Iowa be a national leader in education.

Schools in Downtown DSM

Downtown DSM is within the Des Moines Public Schools District. The following is a list of schools in Downtown DSM:


High School


Des Moines University, one of the nation’s premier medical schools, located just minutes away from Downtown DSM. Drake University, a private, 120-acre campus, is located in the center of the region and recognized as one of the top higher learning institutions in the Midwest. Grand View University is just minutes from Downtown DSM and reports a placement rate of more than 90% of graduates remaining in DSM.

Learn more about all school districts and educational offerings throughout the region.