Security Procedures

New Security Procedures for all DEMA Guest:
1)  Check in at the front office
2)  Receive and wear a visitors pass
3)  All visitors will be escorted by a DEMA faculty/staff member to their designated location
4)  All meetings must have a scheduled appointment time

Important Upcoming Dates


Check the Monthly Calendar below for more dates!

Technology Trouble??

Contact the MCSD IT department for help with any technology issues or your homeroom teacher!

Call: 706-748-2271

School Supplies for Prekindergarten

Pre-K : Face coverings (optional), Backpack without wheels, 2 large towels for rest time, 1 plastic folder, Extra set of clothes


School Supplies for Kindergarten - 5th

Face coverings (optional), Water Bottle, Backpack without wheels, Glue sticks, Plastic supply box, #2 pencils, Erasers, Crayons, 1″ Binder with 5 divider tabs, Notebook paper, Headphones/ earbuds, Quart or Gallon ziplocks 

Engineering Donation Supply List

Being an Engineering School, we are constantly building and creating new projects! We would love your support of our Engineering Scholars! If you would like to donate supplies to our Engineering Lab, we are always looking for:

Toothpicks, Tin Foil, Popsicle Sticks, Rubber Bands, Craft Tape, Cardboard, Construction Paper, Balloons, Yarn, String, Pipe Cleaners, Straws, Plastic Cups, Recyclables, Mason Jars, Toilet Paper Rolls, Newspaper, Paper Towel Rolls, Jars 

Click here to learn more about our Title 1 policies!

Click here to view our DEMA Faculty and Staff!

Click here to get an inside look at our Engineering Program!

Click here to view our awesome PIE Partners! 

Click here to learn more about PBIS and our school wide expectations! 

Click here for a visit to our library with Mrs. Z and more resources!

Click here to view our DEMA School Uniform Policy!

Click here to learn more about the Clubs and Teams that are happening in the DEMA halls!

Click here to learn more about DEMA’s Teacher of the Year!

Click here for support on how to access Achieve 3000!

Click here for support on how to access Achieve 3000 through the app. 

Click here for support on how to access IXL!

Click here for support on how to access Lexia Core 5!

Click here for support on how to access enVisions!

Click here and scroll down to find support instructions for accessing Reading Wonders, Studies Weekly, and STEMScopes!


January 17, 2023, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m

Home of the Challengers!

The school’s mission, vision, and values directly aligns to the district’s mission, vision, and values with an intentional focus on engineering. Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy’s program uniquely accomplishes this through a high level of student engagement using an engineering curriculum that prepares students to become leaders capable of solving challenges.

Magnet Mission: Our mission is to explore engineering excellence by building upon each scholar’s strengths and interest using collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Magnet Vision: Our vision is to provide engineering experiences using an inquiry based curriculum that embraces student creativity and teaches critical thinking and reasoning skills.




    • All students have been issued a Chromebook (to include Case and Charger) to use during the school day. Students must be responsible for their Chromebook/Case/Charger at all times.  In an effort to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, students must be responsible for the care of their Chromebook and not damage it in any way. Chromebooks are to be carried in a case at all times when not in use.  Students who damage Chromebooks and/or accessories can be assessed a replacement fee as per Board (see MCSD Board Policy JS: Student Fees, Fines, and Charges).

 Fines and Fees

    • Care and Use of School Property – Chromebooks, Textbooks, and Media Center Checkouts: Students will be held responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, Chromebooks, and accessories or equipment furnished to them by the school. A student who defaces, damages, or loses school property shall be required to pay for the damage or loss(see MCSD Board Policy JS: Student Fees, Fines, and Charges).
    • A Parent/Student must pay all fees and fines owed to the school in a timely fashion. Parent/Student must clear all fines or fees during the year the fines are assessed. Fines must be paid/cleared where they were assessed and before moving to the next level in school.


    1400 1st Avenue

    Columbus, GA


    School Hours

    M-F: 7:15 am – 3:15 pm
    Weekends: Closed

    Phone & FAX

    Telephone: 706-748-2702
    Fax: 706-748-2708
    Dr. Tujuana Wiggins

    Principal, D.E.M.A.

    Mrs. Tamika Freeman

    Academic Dean, D.E.M.A.

    Mrs. Inez Parker

    Engineering Magnet Coordinator , D.E.M.A.



    What Parents are Saying

    “Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy has an excellent magnet engineering program.  My son Caleb likes engineering, he likes to create and build things with magnets, legos, and other materials. My son and I give the program 5 stars.”

    – Aleshia Thomas 

    “This has been my second year as a DEMA parent and the teachers and staff are always friendly and helpful, from the Principal to the Custodial Team. The atmosphere is one in which the students feel safe and supported on their learning journey and are continuously inspired by their surroundings. I would recommend DEMA 100% as no challenge is too great for a DEMA Challenger.”

    – Robynn Purnell 

    “My experience with DEMA has been short of awesome. My daughter started DEMA in Kindergarten & from the beginning the journey has been great. DEMA has caring teachers that take the time to make sure that your child is prepared with all the tools to succeed!

    It is definitely a blessing to know that there are others who are making sure that great values are being instilled in your little ones while they’re away from you.”

    – Aleta Brooks

    “There are not enough words to express the joy and gratitude I have towards Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy, and their staff. They welcomed us with open arms when my son was approved to be part of the program for hard of hearing/deaf students. My daughter also attends. From day one the teachers have always kept in contact with me, and made sure I knew I could schedule a meeting or contact them anytime. Both of my children have IEP’s and the way they went over everything in detail, making sure that I understood what things meant and that we were all on the same page made me feel understood as a parent trying to get the best for their child. I was also impressed that their principal made a point to attend the meetings, now that showed me that DEMA truly does strive to make sure our children learn, and are treated correctly.  My kid’s love their teacher’s, especially Mrs.Robinson and Mrs.Broda. and both have grown and flourished in their academics with their help. All schools need teachers  like them, that take the time to find out what works for each individual child, to not lump them all together, or make them feel less because they may have a disability. Knowing this brings tears of joy to me. I am truly grateful for DEMA, and all they have done and continue to do to help produce knowledgeable, respectful, and responsible children. Children are the future, though it starts at home, we must not forget that the teachers and learning environments are what also helps them be the best they can be. Thank you DEMA and staff for all that you do.

    – Tramayne Meier

    A Word

    From Our Principal

    Dear Parents:

    Welcome to Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy.  I am simply honored to be a part of your child’s educational experience and overjoyed to have you as a part of our school family.  I believe, as team players each of us play an important role in the life of our child(ren).  At Downtown Elementary we are committed to providing a quality learning experience in a safe, orderly, and friendly school environment.

    Please know that we value your child and would like to personally invite you to be apart of our team.  You may do so by becoming an active participant in all school related activities.  Show your support this year by staying in touch with your child’s teacher, becoming an active member of the PTA, and volunteering in any way your schedule permits.

    Our school’s website has been put together with you in mind – so that we may communicate the expectations of our school.  Throughout the school year you will receive other forms of communication (flyers, phone calls, newsletters, etc…).  Thank you for partnering with us as it is our intention to make our school a great place to learn and work!

    I look forward to meeting you this year.  If at any time you have any questions or concerns, feel free to make an appointment or call me.

    – Dr. Tujuana Wiggins

    Only the BEst

    We Know How to Make Learning Fun For Kids

    Our Faculty and Staff are dedicated to creating a positive and safe learning environment where we encourage students to reach their unlimited potential. 

    We strive to do this by creating environments where students feel confident and are actively engaged in the curriculum. Our staff meets weekly to collaborate on creating a plan to meet the needs of ALL of our students.