PROFICIENCY 80% 3% higher than state average
School Rankings Proficiency Averages
61%Des Moines Independent Comm School District
75%Des Moines

Merrill Middle School is a school servicing grades 6 to 8 and is located in the district of "Des Moines Independent Comm School District" in Des Moines, IA. There are a total of 718 students and 40 teachers at Merrill Middle School, for a student to teacher ratio of 19 to 1. There are a total of 228 free lunch students and 56 reduced lunch students.

Merrill Middle School has an average proficiency test score (in mathematics and languages) of 80.0%, which is 3% higher than the Iowa average.


Student/Teacher ratio19:1
Free lunch228
Reduced lunch56


Advanced Placement
AP enrollmentn/a
Taking some coursesn/a
Taking some courses (not tests)n/a
Passing some coursesn/a
Passing no coursesn/a

Advanced placement (AP) is a program that offers high school students the ability to take college level courses and exams. These programs were created to be at the same level of most first year university courses. If the students were successful in the AP programs, they could potentially receive advanced placement, credit or exemptions when they go on to university. At Merrill Middle School, there are a total of n/a students enrolled in advanced placement courses, with n/a taking some courses.

Proficiency in mathematics comparison

Proficiency in languages comparison

Proficiency in mathematics by grade

High Schooln/a

Proficiency in languages by grade

High Schooln/a

The proficiency in math and languages tables represent the percentage of students that scored at or above the proficiency level on their standardized state assessment tests. Although these tests are standardized within each state, the tests may vary from state to state. Comparing the results of one state to another may not always be an accurate or fair comparison.

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Merrill Middle School race/ethnicity breakdown

Caucasian 66.2% 44.3% 78.7% 51.1%
African American 11.6% 17.6% 5.4% 15.9%
Asian 3.1% 7.0% 2.4% 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 9.9% 23.9% 9.7% 23.6%
American Indian and Alaskan 0.6% 0.5% 0.5% 1.2%
Hawaiian 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Multiracial 8.2% 6.5% 3.1% 3.1%

Other schools nearby

Hanawalt Elementary77%0.3Des Moines, IA
Roosevelt High School82%0.9Des Moines, IA
Hubbell Elementary76%1.0Des Moines, IA
Hillside Elementary School77%1.1West Des Moines, IA
Greenwood Elementary School77%1.2Des Moines, IA
Windsor Elementary70%1.2Des Moines, IA
Walnut Creek Campus65%1.2West Des Moines, IA
Callanan Middle School58%1.7Des Moines, IA
Perkins Elementary School80%1.8Des Moines, IA
Smouse Opportunity School40%1.8Des Moines, IA
Cowles Elementary School90%1.9Windsor Heights, IA
Ruby Van Meter School13%1.9Des Moines, IA

Des Moines demographics profile

StatisticDes MoinesIowaNational
Population density (sq mi)2,4075591
Median age33.738.037.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)49%60%55%
Speak English83%92%79%
Speak Spanish9%4%13%

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%
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Source: The Merrill Middle School data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.