Cowles Elementary School

  • Cowles Elementary School serves 408 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 89% (which is higher than the Iowa state average of 77%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 96% (which is higher than the Iowa state average of 75%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Cowles Elementary School placed in the top 10% of all schools in Iowa for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 1%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Iowa state level of 14:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Iowa state average of 23%.

Top Placements

Cowles Elementary School places among the top 20% of public schools in Iowa for:

School Overview

  • Cowles Elementary School's student population of 408 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 24 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students408 students
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Total Classroom Teachers24 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Cowles Elementary School is ranked within the top 10% of all 1,239 schools in Iowa (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Cowles Elementary School is 0.42, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (IA)
Overall School Rank#90 out of 1239 schools
(Top 10%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
89%
77%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Cowles Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in Iowa by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
96%
75%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Cowles Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Iowa by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio17:114:1
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American Indian
n/an/a
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Asian
4%
2%
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Hispanic
7%
11%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Cowles Elementary School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in Iowa by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Black
2%
6%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Cowles Elementary School and the percentage of Black public school students in Iowa by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
White
75%
77%
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Hawaiian
1%
n/a
Two or more races
11%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Cowles Elementary School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in IA.
Diversity Score0.420.40
This chart display the diversity score of Cowles Elementary School and the public school average diversity score of Iowa by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
9%
34%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Cowles Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Iowa by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
7%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Cowles Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Iowa by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDes Moines Independent Comm School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, IA Dept. of Education

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