Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa’s largest provider of public education, is pleased to offer a Montessori education unique to Iowa at Cowles Montessori School. Tuition is free as Cowles is a Des Moines public school.

School Hours

8:30 am – 3:25 pm

The building is open at 8:15 am during the school week.

Cowles follows the Des Moines Public School Calendar for holidays, breaks, and early dismissal days.


If you would like to be considered for admission to Cowles, please  complete an application at:

Applications are accepted from July 1 through March 1 the year before enrollment.

Enrollment is subject to all the District’s Within District Transfer Policies.  For any questions regarding this process, please contact the district enrollment office at 242-7371.

Before/After School Care

Pre-K students- 3 and 4 year olds:

Pax Place-  Part of Metro Kids Care

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade:

Metro Kids-  Please Refer to the Metro Kids tab on the web site for more information:


Classrooms are multi-age

Pre-K-  Ages 3, 4, 5;

Lower- 1st-3rd grade

Upper- 4th-6th grade

Middle School 7th-8th grade

District Fee Schedule can be found here, with information on preschool tuition and before and after school care: