West Des Moines school information

IndexWest Des MoinesIowaNational
Average Test Scores84%78%49%
Student/Teacher ratio15:113:116:1
Total public schools131,10179,221
Total private schools720824,874
Total post-secondary schoolsn/a967,963
The West Des Moines, IA educational system consists of 13 public schools, 7 private schools and n/a post-secondary schools. West Des Moines public schools have average test scores of 84% which is 8% higher than than the Iowa average and 71% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of West Des Moines public schools is 15:1, compared to 13:1 in Iowa and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 95.6% of students have completed 8th grade, 95.1% have completed high school, 54.9% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 5.8% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in West Des Moines are 71% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 13 public schools in West Des Moines.
  • 95.6% of people in West Des Moines have completed 8th grade.
  • 95.1% of people in West Des Moines have completed high school.
  • 54.9% of people in West Des Moines have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in West Des Moines

IndexWest Des MoinesIowaNational
Completed 8th grade95.6%89.2%84.3%
Completed high school95.1%87.7%83.0%
Completed some college82.4%59.8%59.4%
Completed associate degree64.1%38.4%38.5%
Completed bachelors54.9%27.2%30.3%
Completed masters18.4%8.7%11.5%
Completed professional degree5.8%2.7%3.3%
Completed doctorate2.0%1.1%1.3%

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

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West Des Moines, IA61,62484%71%
Source: The West 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.