School News



Due to our stronger focus on teaching and learning, we are implementing a new dismissal policy.  After 2:40 pm (1:10 on Wednesdays), parents are no longer able to call or drop by the office for a last-minute change in dismissal plans, which disrupts teaching and learning.  (Obviously in cases of extreme emergency only, we will … Read more »

New Dismissal Times!


Our new school hours are 8:15 to 3:10 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Our school hours on Wednesdays will be 8:15 to 1:40.  Due to our breakfast in the classroom/morning meetings each day, we strongly encourage all students to be in their classroom by no later than 8:00 am.


Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


No more pulling crumpled paper flyers from your student’s backpack! Opportunities in the community will now be available online, instead of jumbled up with homework and artwork. Read about child-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Meet the Teacher Night


Meet the Teacher Night! Bring your child to meet their teacher on Monday, August 21 from 4:00-6:00pm.  You are welcome to bring your child’s supplies (see supply lists) to the classroom so they do not have to carry so much to school on their first day.  Your teachers are excited to meet you and we’re … Read more »

2017-2018 Registration


Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is underway. Parents are welcome to complete the registration process at your convenience online at home or wherever computer access is available using this link ( If you are unsure about your user name and password, please contact our office manager,JoAnn, at 242-8439. If you complete the registration process … Read more »

At Willard Elementary, Mural Becomes Tradition


It’s a new tradition at Willard Elementary School: a mural to beautify and brighten the neighborhood. After painting their first mural at the Fairgrounds Hardware store, this year a new mural – designed by 5th grader Savannah Peterson – was painted on the side of S&H Electric Company. Both pieces of public art are on East 30th Street near the Iowa State Fairgrounds, where they will be seen by millions of passersby and state fair goers. Click the headline for more.

Upcoming Events

Aug 21
K-5 Meet the Teacher Night
Aug 23
First day of school, 1:40 dismissal
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 26
Graduation Walk
Sep 04
Labor Day

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317
P: 515-242-8439 | F: 515-323-8647

About Willard Elementary School

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317

P: 515-242-8439 | E: 


Willard Elementary School is located on the east side of Des Moines near the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Our school serves approximately 400 students in grades K-5. We are fortunate to have a wonderfully diverse student population and a very dedicated staff at Willard!


It is my pleasure to welcome you to Willard Elementary School’s website!

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