Des Moines school information

IndexDes MoinesWashingtonNational
Average Test Scores47%48%49%
Student/Teacher ratio21:120:116:1
Total public schools91,99179,221
Total private schools554824,874
Total post-secondary schools21477,963
The Des Moines, WA educational system consists of 9 public schools, 5 private schools and 2 post-secondary schools. Des Moines public schools have average test scores of 47% which is 2% lower than than the Washington average and 4% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Des Moines public schools is 21:1, compared to 20:1 in Washington and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 82.0% of students have completed 8th grade, 81.1% have completed high school, 24.3% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 2.0% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Des Moines are 4% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 9 public schools in Des Moines.
  • 82.0% of people in Des Moines have completed 8th grade.
  • 81.1% of people in Des Moines have completed high school.
  • 24.3% of people in Des Moines have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Des Moines

IndexDes MoinesWashingtonNational
Completed 8th grade82.0%87.5%84.3%
Completed high school81.1%86.6%83.0%
Completed some college61.2%67.7%59.4%
Completed associate degree34.4%43.3%38.5%
Completed bachelors24.3%33.6%30.3%
Completed masters7.7%12.3%11.5%
Completed professional degree2.0%3.6%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.6%1.5%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Mercer Island, WA24,46783%69%
Sammamish, WA62,13681%65%
Maple Valley, WA25,09373%49%
Hobart, WA6,47473%47%
Newcastle, WA11,18973%47%
Des Moines, WA30,90447%4%

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Saratoga, CA30,83082%67%
Des Moines, WA30,90447%4%
Source: The Des Moines, WA 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.