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90%
  • Downtown School
  • 1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 6 · Students: 267
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
83%
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • 2425 Watrous Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 425
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 19:1
82%
  • Roosevelt High School
  • 4419 Center St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,827
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 22:1
80%
  • Merrill Middle School
  • 5301 Grand Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 718
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 19:1
80%
  • Perkins Elementary School
  • 4301 College, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 464
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 17:1
77%
  • Hanawalt Elementary
  • 225 56th Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 373
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
77%
  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • 316 37th Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 385
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
77%
  • Phillips Elementary
  • 1701 Lay St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 387
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 17:1
76%
  • Hubbell Elementary
  • 800 42nd St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 430
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
75%
  • Cornell Elementary School
  • 5817 Ne 3rd St, Des Moines
  • Saydel Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 4 · Students: 504
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
73%
  • Delaware Elementary School
  • 4401 E 46th St, Des Moines
  • Southeast Polk Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 481
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
71%
  • Woodside Middle School
  • 5810 Ne 14th St, Des Moines
  • Saydel Comm School District
  • Grades: 5 - 8 · Students: 389
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
70%
  • Oak Park
  • 3928 6th Avenue, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 406
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
70%
  • Walnut Street School
  • 901 Walnut St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 283
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
70%
  • Saydel High School
  • 5601 Ne 7th St, Des Moines
  • Saydel Comm School District
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 460
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
70%
  • Windsor Elementary
  • 5912 University Avenue, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 360
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
70%
  • Hillis Elementary School
  • 2401 56th St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 534
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
68%
  • Brody Middle School
  • 2501 Park Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 736
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 17:1
67%
  • Lincoln High School
  • 2600 Sw 9th St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 2,171
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 20:1
67%
  • Wright Elementary School
  • 5001 Sw 14th St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 289
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 17:1
66%
  • Goodrell Middle School
  • 3300 E. 29th Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 633
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 17:1
66%
  • Samuelson Elementary School
  • 3929 Bel-aire Rd, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 527
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
65%
  • Willard Elementary School
  • 2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 429
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 12:1
65%
  • East High School
  • 815 E 13th St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 2,291
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 19:1
64%
  • Studebaker Elementary School
  • 300 E County Line Rd, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 452
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
62%
  • Mccombs Middle School
  • 201 Sw County Line Rd, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 662
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
62%
  • Lovejoy Elementary School
  • 801 E Kenyon Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 380
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
62%
  • Findley Elementary School
  • 3025 Oxford Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 342
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
60%
  • Hoover High School
  • 4800 Aurora Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,021
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 18:1
60%
  • Madison Elementary School
  • 806 E Hoffman St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 346
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 12:1
59%
  • Weeks Middle School
  • 901 East Park Avenue, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 670
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
59%
  • Garton Elementary
  • 2820 E 24th St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 624
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
58%
  • Callanan Middle School
  • 3010 Center Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 572
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
57%
  • Cattell Elementary School
  • 3101 E 12th St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 396
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 12:1
56%
  • South Union Elementary School
  • 4201 South Union, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 520
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
55%
  • Park Ave Elementary School
  • 3141 Sw 9th St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 424
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
55%
  • Jackson Elementary School
  • 3825 Indianola Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 435
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
55%
  • Stowe Elementary School
  • 1411 E 33rd St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 365
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 11:1
55%
  • Howe Elementary
  • 2900 Indianola, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 298
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
54%
  • Meredith Middle School
  • 4827 Madison Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 713
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
54%
  • Harding Middle School
  • 203 E Euclid Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 767
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
54%
  • River Woods Elementary School
  • 2929 Se 22nd St, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 545
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
53%
  • Morris Elementary School
  • 1401 Geil Avenue, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 595
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
52%
  • Carver Elementary
  • 705 E University Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 577
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
52%
  • Brubaker Elementary School
  • 2900 E 42nd Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 704
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
52%
  • North High School
  • 501 Holcomb Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,198
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 18:1
51%
  • Capitol View Elementary School
  • 320 E. 16th, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 597
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
47%
  • Moulton Elementary School
  • 1541 8th Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 473
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
47%
  • Mckinley Elementary School
  • 1610 Se 6th Street, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 359
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
46%
  • Hiatt Middle School
  • 1430 E. University Ave, Des Moines
  • Des Moines Independent Comm School District
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 551
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 12:1
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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.

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%

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 60%. 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.

To customize your list of Des Moines schools, you can start by sorting the list of schools by proficiency test score, school name or student to teacher ratio. Then you can select the grade levels that you would like to see, these include preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. Next, select the school type from the following options: charter, magnet, title I and title 1. Finally, you are able to filter your results by average proficiency score. Simply select the minimum proficiency score that you would like to see and only schools with that proficiency score or higher will appear on your list of Des Moines, IA schools.

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Polk City, IA4,11594%90%
Johnston, IA19,49190%83%
Runnells, IA51490%82%
Ankeny, IA53,41389%82%
Norwalk, IA9,94488%80%
Des Moines, IA212,85960%23%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Birmingham, AL212,42422%55%
Spokane, WA212,07848%3%
San Bernardino, CA214,58120%58%
Rochester, NY210,29129%40%
Richmond, VA216,77364%31%
Des Moines, IA212,85960%23%
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.