Des Moines school information

IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Average Test Scores62%77%68%
Student/Teacher ratio13:113:116:1
Total public schools691,10379,235
Total private schools1320924,875
Total post-secondary schools10967,965

Did you know?

  • The average school test scores in Des Moines are 9% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 69 public schools in Des Moines.
  • 82.4% of people in Des Moines have completed 8th grade.
  • 81.4% of people in Des Moines have completed high school.
  • 24.7% of people in Des Moines have completed a bachelors degree.

Best Schools in Des Moines

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  • Brody Middle School2501 Park AveGrades: 06 - 08Students: 689 · Ratio: 18:163
  • Brubaker Elementary School2900 E 42Nd StreetGrades: PK - 05Students: 661 · Ratio: 14:152
  • Callanan Middle School3010 Center StreetGrades: 06 - 08Students: 607 · Ratio: 17:155
  • Capitol View Elementary School320 E. 16ThGrades: PK - 05Students: 572 · Ratio: 12:147
  • Carver Elementary705 E University AveGrades: PK - 05Students: 671 · Ratio: 14:151
  • Cattell Elementary School3101 E 12Th StGrades: KG - 05Students: 405 · Ratio: 14:154
  • Clive Elementary1600 73Rd StreetGrades: PK - 06Students: 522 · Ratio: 15:1n/a
  • Cornell Elementary School5817 Ne 3Rd StGrades: PK - 03Students: 404 · Ratio: 15:170
  • Cowles Elementary School6401 College AveGrades: PK - 08Students: 345 · Ratio: 21:1n/a
  • Delaware Elementary School4401 E 46Th StGrades: PK - 05Students: 516 · Ratio: 15:180
  • Des Moines Central Campus High School1800 Grand AveGrades: 07 - 12Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Des Moines Public Charter School620 8Th StreetGrades: 07 - 08Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Downtown School1800 Grand AvenueGrades: KG - 06Students: 285 · Ratio: 17:183
  • East High School815 E 13Th StGrades: 09 - 12Students: 2,268 · Ratio: 20:161
  • Edmunds Fine Arts Academy1601 Crocker StGrades: PK - 05Students: 206 · Ratio: 9:131
  • Findley Elementary School3000 Cambridge StGrades: PK - 05Students: 31 · Ratio: 12:171
  • Garton Elementary2820 E 24Th StGrades: PK - 05Students: 56 · Ratio: 13:166
  • Gateway Secondary School1800 Grand AvenueGrades: 06 - 12Students: 7 · Ratio: 24:1n/a
  • Goodrell Middle School3300 E. 29Th StreetGrades: 06 - 08Students: 607 · Ratio: 17:160
  • Greenwood Elementary School316 37Th StreetGrades: PK - 05Students: 452 · Ratio: 17:174
  • Hanawalt Elementary225 56Th StreetGrades: PK - 05Students: 358 · Ratio: 15:188
  • Harding Middle School203 E Euclid AveGrades: 06 - 08Students: 556 · Ratio: 14:142
  • Hiatt Middle School1214 E 15Th StGrades: 06 - 08Students: 579 · Ratio: 13:146
  • Hillis Elementary School2401 56Th StGrades: PK - 05Students: 471 · Ratio: 16:170
  • Hoover High School4800 Aurora AveGrades: 09 - 12Students: 1,075 · Ratio: 17:164
  • Howe Elementary2900 IndianolaGrades: PK - 05Students: 304 · Ratio: 16:152
  • Hoyt Middle School2700 E 42Nd StGrades: 06 - 08Students: 58 · Ratio: 13:148
  • Hubbell Elementary800 42Nd StGrades: KG - 05Students: 405 · Ratio: 16:176
  • Jackson Elementary School3825 Indianola AveGrades: KG - 05Students: 403 · Ratio: 14:1n/a
  • Jefferson Elementary School2425 Watrous AveGrades: KG - 05Students: 426 · Ratio: 19:188
  • King Elementary School1849 Forest AveGrades: PK - 05Students: 359 · Ratio: 13:1n/a
  • Lincoln High School2600 Sw 9Th StGrades: 09 - 12Students: 2,254 · Ratio: 21:168
  • Lovejoy Elementary School801 E Kenyon AveGrades: PK - 05Students: 322 · Ratio: 12:150
  • Madison Elementary School806 E Hoffman StGrades: PK - 05Students: 375 · Ratio: 13:166
  • Mccombs Middle School201 Sw County Line RdGrades: 06 - 08Students: 626 · Ratio: 19:156
  • Mckee Elementary School2115 E 39Th StGrades: PK - PKStudents: 218 · Ratio: 20:1n/a
  • Mckinley Elementary School1610 Se 6Th StreetGrades: PK - 05Students: 347 · Ratio: 13:157
  • Meredith Middle School4827 Madison AveGrades: 06 - 08Students: 607 · Ratio: 16:150
  • Merrill Middle School5301 Grand AveGrades: 06 - 08Students: 623 · Ratio: 19:171
  • Mitchell Early Childhood Center111 PorterGrades: - Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Monroe Elementary School2250 30Th StGrades: KG - 05Students: 501 · Ratio: 13:142
  • Morris Elementary School1401 Geil AvenueGrades: PK - 05Students: 602 · Ratio: 13:167
  • Moulton Elementary School1541 8Th StreetGrades: PK - 08Students: 407 · Ratio: 10:156
  • North High School501 Holcomb AveGrades: 09 - 12Students: 1,136 · Ratio: 18:152
  • Norwoodville Elementary2905 Ne 46Th AveGrades: 04 - 05Students: 184 · Ratio: 13:166
  • Oak Park3928 6Th AvenueGrades: PK - 05Students: 403 · Ratio: 14:170
  • Orchard Place School5412 Sw 9Th StreetGrades: KG - 12Students: 96 · Ratio: 9:1n/a
  • Park Ave Elementary School3141 Sw 9Th StGrades: PK - 05Students: 527 · Ratio: 14:158
  • Perkins Elementary School4301 CollegeGrades: PK - 05Students: 461 · Ratio: 15:179
  • Phillips Elementary1701 Lay StGrades: PK - 05Students: 399 · Ratio: 21:176
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School4801 E Oakwood DrGrades: PK - 05Students: 31 · Ratio: 17:1n/a
  • River Woods Elementary School2929 Se 22Nd StGrades: PK - 05Students: 519 · Ratio: 14:163
  • Roosevelt High School4419 Center StGrades: 09 - 12Students: 1,636 · Ratio: 23:180
  • Ruby Van Meter School710 28Th StGrades: 06 - 12Students: 168 · Ratio: 6:189
  • Samuelson Elementary School3929 Bel-Aire RdGrades: PK - 05Students: 481 · Ratio: 15:1n/a
  • Saydel High School5601 Ne 7Th StGrades: 09 - 12Students: 417 · Ratio: 13:176
  • Scavo Alternative High School3725 52Nd StGrades: 09 - 12Students: 264 · Ratio: 16:1n/a
  • Smouse Opportunity School2820 Center StGrades: PK - 08Students: 169 · Ratio: 8:165
  • South Union Elementary School4201 South UnionGrades: PK - 05Students: 571 · Ratio: 16:160
  • Stowe Elementary School1411 E 33Rd StGrades: PK - 05Students: 416 · Ratio: 14:142
  • Studebaker Elementary School300 E County Line RdGrades: PK - 05Students: 485 · Ratio: 17:158
  • Walnut Street School901 Walnut StGrades: PK - 05Students: 241 · Ratio: 13:159
  • Weeks Middle School901 East Park AvenueGrades: 06 - 08Students: 677 · Ratio: 14:148
  • Willard Elementary School2941 Dean AvenueGrades: PK - 05Students: 496 · Ratio: 14:163
  • Windsor Elementary5912 University AvenueGrades: PK - 05Students: 384 · Ratio: 13:169
  • Woodlawn Early Childhood Center4000 Lower Beaver RdGrades: - Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Woodside Middle School5810 Ne 14Th StGrades: 06 - 08Students: 325 · Ratio: 12:158
  • Wright Elementary School5001 Sw 14Th StGrades: PK - 05Students: 273 · Ratio: 14:150

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Education level achieved in Des Moines

IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Completed 8th grade82.4%88.9%83.8%
Completed high school81.4%87.2%82.4%
Completed some college55.9%58.8%58.4%
Completed associate degree33.8%37.2%37.2%
Completed bachelors24.7%26.4%29.3%
Completed masters7.4%8.4%11.0%
Completed professional degree2.3%2.6%3.2%
Completed doctorate0.8%1.1%1.3%

Highest level of education achieved in Des Moines (high school & post-secondary)

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Des Moines, IA206,70262%9%

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Source: The Des Moines, IA education data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.