School News

Late Registration


You can still register your students!  The office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00PM.  If you cannot make it during these times or need your user name and password to complete at home, please call the office at 242-8439.

First Day of School


The first day of school is Thursday August 23rd.  We will dismiss at 2:25 on this day.  We look forward to seeing you! Reminder:  our new school hours are 7:30 am to 2:25 pm (1:10 Wed).

Meet the Teacher Night


You are invited to come meet your teacher on Tuesday August 21st from 3-5:30pm.  You may also bring your school supplies this night.

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Registration July 26, 1-7pm


All students must register for school before school starts. On-line registration opens July 16th. You may register at home on or after this date. If you prefer to come to school and register, we will have the computer lab open on Thursday July 26th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Everyone will be required to provide proof … Read more »

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at Willard 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.

Willard students shows his paint-covered hands.

Willard Murals Continue to Add Beauty


For the third year in a row, students from Willard designed a large-scale mural for display along East 30th Street. The first year it was on the side of the (now closed) Fairgrounds Hardware Store. Last year a painting of the Iowa State Capitol in all four seasons was painted on a wall of the S&H Electric Company. This year the mural is on the grounds of the Iowa State Fairgrounds, directly across the street from last year’s artwork. Click on the headline to read more.

Upcoming Events

Aug 21
Meet the Teacher Night 3-5:30pm
Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 03
Labor Day – No School
Sep 04
School Board Meeting
Sep 07
Hat/Pajama Day

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

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About Willard Elementary School

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317

P: 515-242-8439 | E: 

School Hours:  7:30am – 2:25pm, early dismissal every Wednesday at 1:10pm


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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