Des Moines Elementary School
With passage of the 2016 bond, we constructed a new 700-student Des Moines Elementary School on the district-owned Zenith Park site to house Des Moines students, with room for growing enrollment.
Construction started at the end of the 2018-19 school year. The new school opened on-time and on-budget September 4, 2019. The grand opening ceremony was held September 26, 2019.
Planning workshops with staff guided the architects in creating a design that supports the educational specifications. School staff, families and community members helped plan, design and name our new school.
Site Location: 23801 16th Ave South, Des Moines WA 98198
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Librarian Karen Smith and 5th grade student Sahiba Minhas helped Principal Rick Wisen and district leaders cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Des Moines Elementary School. 300+ community members toured the new school.
The Grand Opening Celebration for your new Des Moines Elementary School is September 26. Find out more and RSVP to save a seat.
During May and June we said goodbye at our two oldest school buildings. Here is a round-up of links to videos, photos and more from the farewell events for alumni and community members and from the last day of school at Des Moines Elementary School and Highline High School.
Six community members and experts keep an eye on our 2016 school bond projects and finances. We provide quarterly reports to the Oversight Committee and the school board. Get the status on every bond project and other capital projects in this report summary. We're on target with the 2016 school bond.
Project Update | Des Moines Elementary School
Construction is on schedule for Principal Rick Wisen and front office staff to move in to the new school in early August. Learn about improvements coming to the walking paths by the school--plus a new center turn lane on 16th Avenue South.
Des Moines city council members and Highline Public Schools board members inspected progress at the new Des Moines Elementary School in early June.