School News


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!

Important date

School Registration


Registration Day Is Coming – Thursday, July 24th 1:00pm-7:00pm This will give you an opportunity to pay your student’s book fees.  The following amounts are listed below by grade level.               •          Kindergarten – 5th grade – $25 / year             •          6th – 8th grade – $50 / year        Book fees are … Read more »

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.

Middle School Classroom News

Middle School Classroom News


As part of school-wide effort to promote a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of exercise, the seventh and eighth grade students are going to bicycle from Cowles Montessori School to Saylorville Lake next week.  The group will ride to Saylorville and have outdoor activities along with a picnic lunch.  Many of the students have been … Read more »

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Bike To School Day


Wednesday, May 7th was our 8th annual Bike To School Day.  It was wonderful mix of kids of all different ages and parents riding together.  We had our largest group yet to start from Ashworth Pool, and we rode from there and meet with the Hy-Vee group of riders.  We had a very safe and leisurely … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 20
First Day of School (K-8)
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.

Bulletin Board

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…