PROFICIENCY 52% 34% lower than state average
School Rankings Proficiency Averages
61%Des Moines Independent Comm School District
75%Des Moines

North High School is a school servicing grades 9 to 12 and is located in the district of "Des Moines Independent Comm School District" in Des Moines, IA. There are a total of 1,198 students and 70 teachers at North High School, for a student to teacher ratio of 18 to 1. There are a total of 840 free lunch students and 144 reduced lunch students.

North High School has an average proficiency test score (in mathematics and languages) of 51.5%, which is 34% lower than the Iowa average.


Student/Teacher ratio18:1
Free lunch840
Reduced lunch144


Advanced Placement
AP enrollment344
Taking some courses191
Taking some courses (not tests)146
Passing some courses36
Passing no courses157

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 North High School, there are a total of 344 students enrolled in advanced placement courses, with 191 taking some courses.

Proficiency in mathematics comparison

Proficiency in languages comparison

Proficiency in mathematics by grade

High School55-59%

Proficiency in languages by grade

High School45-49%

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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North High School race/ethnicity breakdown

Caucasian 33.7% 44.3% 78.7% 51.1%
African American 23.2% 17.6% 5.4% 15.9%
Asian 9.8% 7.0% 2.4% 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 27.0% 23.9% 9.7% 23.6%
American Indian and Alaskan 0.3% 0.5% 0.5% 1.2%
Hawaiian 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Multiracial 5.8% 6.5% 3.1% 3.1%

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Oak Park70%1.0Des Moines, IA
Madison Elementary School60%1.3Des Moines, IA
King Elementary School40%1.3Des Moines, IA
Carver Elementary52%1.4Des Moines, IA
Hiatt Middle School46%1.6Des Moines, IA
East High School65%1.8Des Moines, IA
Edmunds Fine Arts Academy45%1.8Des Moines, IA
Monroe Elementary School42%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 North High School data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.