Avg. test scores 71%
High school dipl. 15%
Bachelors degree 81%

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

Key findings

  • The 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%

      West Des Moines, IA School Districts

      • Waukee Community School District
      • West Des Moines Community School District

      There are a total of 13 public schools, 7 private schools and n/a post-secondary schools in West Des Moines. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for West Des Moines, IA schools is 84%. The average student to teacher ratio is 15:1. In West Des Moines, IA, an average of 95.6% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 95.1% have completed high school.

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      City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
      Polk City, IA4,11594%90%
      Johnston, IA19,49190%83%
      Ankeny, IA53,41389%82%
      Van Meter, IA1,25689%81%
      Norwalk, IA9,94488%80%
      West Des Moines, IA61,62484%71%

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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.