School News

DMPS app

Cowles Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Cowles and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


Garden Improved, Ready for Lessons


Cowles staff and families spruced up the gardens this summer. When students return to Cowles Aug. 20th, they will start planning upcoming garden projects and this fall’s “Healthy Harvest” celebration. The gardens provide hands-on botany, hydrology, nutrition, math and language lessons. Click the image to see and read more.


Meet & Mingle Popsicle Gathering


Summer is almost over and the school season is near… Let’s kick off the new year with a meet & mingle event! There will be familiar faces and some new, so join us for this social event to get to know our Cowles families. New families can ask questions to our current families, kids can … Read more »


Back-To-School Night


Please join us on August 26, 5:30 to 6:30 for our Back-To-School Night!  Families will have an opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher and hear about upcoming events for the 2014-2015 school year.  We hope to see you on August 26th!

Art Festival

Des Moines Arts Festival


Cowles Montessori Parent Group (CMPG) will be once again running one of the four nonprofit-run beer and wine sales tents at the Des Moines Arts Festival, and again this year we will also be running the Iowa Craft Beer tent! Volunteering at the festival is fun and easy – it’s a great way to get to know … Read more »

Cowles Moving Up

2014 8th Grade Promotion


Congratulations to the Cowles Montessori 8th Grade Class of 2014 in their promotion to high school.

Upcoming Events

Aug 26
Back-To-School Night
Sep 4
First Day of School (Preschool)

Cowles is Iowa's only public Montessori school. Click here to learn more about our philosophy.

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Cowles Mission:  Together we celebrate diversity, respect, and the love for learning through the Montessori Method.  Our environment nurtures and prepares the child for a global community.


CMPG officers for the 2014/2015 school year are as follows:

President: Dena Fife

VP: Jennifer Moehlmann

Treasurer: Mac Stanfield

Secretary: Amanda McGuire


CMPG has a new email address that people can be directed to:

Calendar of Events


About Cowles Montessori School


6401 College Ave, Windsor Heights, IA 50324

P: 515-242-7818  | E: 


Located in the community of Windsor Heights, Cowles is Iowa’s only public Montessori school and serves students in preschool through eighth grade. Read More…

Welcome to the Cowles Montessori School website. It’s my pleasure to serve our families, students and the community.

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