Des Moines school information

IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Average Test Scores60%78%49%
Student/Teacher ratio13:113:116:1
Total public schools691,10379,235
Total private schools1320924,875
Total post-secondary schools10967,965

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  • The average school test scores in Des Moines are 23% higher 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.

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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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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Polk City, IA3,77094%90%
Johnston, IA18,87490%83%
Runnells, IA58590%82%
Ankeny, IA49,48889%82%
Norwalk, IA9,44488%80%
Des Moines, IA206,70260%23%

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Modesto, CA205,98430%40%
Montgomery, AL204,09530%40%
Spokane, WA210,14248%3%
Rochester, NY210,46129%40%
Fayetteville, NC202,42139%20%
Des Moines, IA206,70260%23%
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.