School News

Neighborhood Parade Kicks Off School Year


Penguin Power: gloomy skies didn’t dampen spirits at the annual Perkins Elementary School parade around the neighborhood to celebrate the start of a new school year. Click the headline to see more photos of our students, staff, parents and neighbors celebrating Perkins.

2018-2019 School Supply Lists


Click the link to be directed to the School Supply Lists for 2018-2019: Perkins K-5 2018-19 Supply Lists

Open House Is Right Around The Corner!


Please come meet your child’s teacher on Wednesday, August 22nd. Kindergarten Open House is from 3:00pm-4:00pm. The Kindergarten Picnic will follow from 4:00pm-5:00pm. First-grade through Fifth-Grade Open House is from 4:00pm-6:00pm. We look forward to meeting all the students and parents!

Zachary Christensen Receives the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching


We are pleased to announce that Zachry Christensen has been selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the   White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning … Read more »

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at Perkins will change with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Our new start time is 7:30 AM and we will dismiss at 2:25 PM, with a 75 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays. Please click on the headline to learn more about how we are engaging our staff to ensure an orderly transition when school resumes August 23.

A girl in a wonder woman costume communicates with classmates via i-Pad.

Wonder Woman Battles Illness with Penguin Help


Penguins stick together in the wild. They tend to cluster together in large colonies like the local one at Perkins Elementary School that’s been rallying around one of its own throughout the 2017-18 school year. Read a 3rd grade penguin’s story of hope about illness, friendship, and super heroes. Click on the headline.

Upcoming Events

Oct 02
School Board Meeting
Oct 16
School Board Meeting
Oct 25
Staff Development – No School
Nov 06
School Board Meeting
Nov 20
School Board Meeting

Perkins Elementary School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education

About Perkins Elementary School

4301 College, Des Moines, IA 50311

P: 515-242-8430  | E: 

New School Hours: 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM


Perkins Academy is a culturally diverse community of high achieving students. Academic Data Teams and student data are the catalyst of Professional development and instruction Read More…

Perkins is leading the way in the classroom and understands the power of education….

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