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Des Moines school information

Index Des Moines Iowa National
Average Test Scores48%69%48%
Student/Teacher ratio13:113:116:1
Total public schools691,10179,221
Total private schools1320824,874
Total post-secondary schools10967,963

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Key findings

  • The school test scores in Des Moines are equal to 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

      Index Des Moines Iowa National
      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%

      Des Moines, IA School Districts

      • Des Moines Independent Community School District
      • Saydel Community School District
      • Southeast Polk Community School District

      There are a total of 69 public schools, 13 private schools and 10 post-secondary schools in Des Moines. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Des Moines, IA schools is 48%. The average student to teacher ratio is 13:1. In Des Moines, IA, an average of 82.6% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 81.4% have completed high school.

      Nearby cities with high average school scores

      City Population Avg. Test Scores National Avg.
      Mitchellville, IA2,38294%94.8%
      Granger, IA1,89087%81.3%
      Runnells, IA48587%81.3%
      Waukee, IA22,59885%76.3%
      Polk City, IA4,79785%76.0%
      Des Moines, IA215,40848%0.3%

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      Des Moines, IA215,40848%0.3%
      Source: The Des Moines, IA education data displayed above is derived from the 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.