School News


Summer Assistance for Families in Need


If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.


Gov Signs College Savings Law at Findley


Findley Elementary students are already planning for college thanks to the Dreamers Academy, and this year even helped lobby for legislation to make saving for college easier. So it was very appropriate that Governor Terry Branstad dropped by school to sign the bill into law. Click on the headline to read and see more about the event.


Findley Helps Families Plan for College


At Findley Elementary, each day begins with students chanting their graduation year (from college, not high school). Each grade has been “adopted” by an area college or university and made a campus visit during the year; just last week 1st graders toured Drake University. And last night, with the I Have a Dream Foundation and Iowa Student Loan, the school hosted The Beginner’s Guide to Paying for College. Click the headline to read about how Findley helps families take the long view of education.


At Findley, School’s Not Just for Kids Anymore


By day, Jaclyn Dehner (pictured at left) is a counselor at Findley Elementary School. By night, she helps adult learners prepare for the High School Equivalency Test. We sat in on a recent HiSET class at Findley to see how Des Moines Public Schools, working with our partners at DMACC and the I Have a Dream Foundation, is helping to educate entire families. Click the image to read more.


EPA Features Findley in Energy Star Video


DMPS is a national leader among school districts for energy efficiency. That’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency picked DMPS along with four other Energy Star partners (JCPenney, Beacon Capital, Nissan and Staple) to highlight the five reasons to get Energy Star certification for buildings. Superintendent Ahart and Findley Elementary School students point out “It’s the right thing to do.” Click on the image to see the video.


High Tech Meets Visitor Sign-In at Findley


At DMPS, we work to ensure that students are receiving a great education in schools that are not only first-rate learning environments, but are also safe and secure. Over the years DMPS has taken many steps to better ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, parents and visitors. This spring and summer, DMPS will begin implementing an Electronic Visitor Check-In system for parents and visitors. Click on the headline to read more.

Upcoming Events

Sep 01
Open House 430p-630p
Sep 02
Meals from the Heartland (4th/5th)
Sep 05
Labor Day (No School)

Findley Elementary School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education


All Wednesdays have a dismissal time of 2:00pm.

It is the policy of the Des Moines Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Coordinator, Isaiah McGee at 2323 Grand Avenue, Des Moines 50312, IA 50263, 515-242-7662

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About Findley Elementary School


3025 Oxford Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313

P: 515-242-8407 | E:


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. Read more…

Welcome to Findley Elementary School, where we are committed to our mission: Building Big Dreamers and High Achievers.

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