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We thank the Des Moines Public School District for showing great support of Cowles, the only public Montessori in the state of Iowa.  Cowles is unique with Montessori learning methods used within the classroom while aligning with the Des Moines Public School essential curriculum for each grade level.

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:

and submit the application to the Enrollment Office.  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 242-7353.

Before/After School Care

Pre-K students- 3 and 4 year olds:

Pax Place-  Part of Metro Kids Care.

See this page for a list of all district fees,:

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