Des Moines school information

IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Average Test Scores60%78%49%
Student/Teacher ratio13:113:116:1
Total public schools691,10179,221
Total private schools1320824,874
Total post-secondary schools10967,963
The Des Moines, IA educational system consists of 69 public schools, 13 private schools and 10 post-secondary schools. Des Moines public schools have average test scores of 60% which is 22% lower than than the Iowa average and 23% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Des Moines public schools is 13:1, compared to 13:1 in Iowa and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 82.6% of students have completed 8th grade, 81.4% have completed high school, 25.2% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 2.5% have completed a doctorate degree.

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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.
  • 82.6% of people in Des Moines have completed 8th grade.
  • 81.4% of people in Des Moines have completed high school.
  • 25.2% of people in Des Moines have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Des Moines

IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Completed 8th grade82.6%89.2%84.3%
Completed high school81.4%87.7%83.0%
Completed some college56.8%59.8%59.4%
Completed associate degree34.8%38.4%38.5%
Completed bachelors25.2%27.2%30.3%
Completed masters7.5%8.7%11.5%
Completed professional degree2.5%2.7%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.8%1.1%1.3%

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

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Source: The Des Moines, IA education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 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.