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Findley students board bus.

Findley 5th Grade Students Visit Colleges


Fifth grade is one of the early jumping off points in life, where kids trampoline from elementary to middle school. But at Findley Elementary’s Dreamer Academy, 5th graders have long since learned to think multiple moves ahead. Click on the headline to read more.

Findely student artwork on Art Center.

Art Center Unveils Work Created by Findley Students


The work of world famous artists line the walls of the Des Moines Art Center. Now add Findley Elementary School to the list. Specifically, nearly 130 3rd and 5th graders who helped Brooklyn-based artist Dave Eppley create a new installation. Click on the headline to read more!

Two teachers work on art project

Findley Continues Work on Art Installation


There’s an exciting art collaboration happening between the Des Moines Art Center, Brooklyn-based artist Dave Eppley and students and staff at Findley Elementary School. The district dropped in on an after-school professional development session and found all of the Findley teachers getting involved with the project that’s slated for unveiling on November 5th. Click on the headline for a progress report on, and sneak peek of, the artwork and details on the unveiling next month at the Art Center.

4th Grade gets University Map Lesson


The University of Iowa’s Dr. Tom Rice brought his map mini-course to 4th grade classes on Friday, September 29th. Dr. Rice, a map enthusiast himself, added to the 4th grade cartography unit with an hour devoted to studying types of maps, map making and map folding. “This has to be the best fourth-grade class I’ve … Read more »



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Iowa Credit Union Visits Findley Dreamer Academy


The Dreamer Academy welcomed 45 visitors from the Iowa Credit Union League today. They came from across Iowa and took a break from their 3-day conference in Des Moines to tour Findley, learn about the Dreamer Academy community partnerships and meet our Dreamers! 9 Findley scholars shared lunch in the library and taught our visitors … Read more »

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Winter Recess – No School
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Holiday – Offices Closed
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School Board Meeting

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Becoming the Model for Urban Education



NEW SCHOOL HOURS 2017-18, 8:15 – 3:10.

All Wednesdays have a dismissal time of 1:40pm.

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

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School Hours: 8:15 AM to 3:10 PM


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…

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