Harding Middle School

203 E Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
1/
10
Bottom 50%
Harding Middle School serves 676 students in grades 6-8.
Harding Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Iowa for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 31% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 64%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 30% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 68%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is equal to the Iowa state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 83% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is higher than the Iowa state average of 27% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 676 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 83%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in IA
  • Math Proficiency
    : 31% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 30% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IA Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Harding Middle School's student population of 676 students has declined by 13% over five school years.
The teacher population of 48 teachers has declined by 9% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
Total Students
676 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
48 teachers
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School Rankings

Harding Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,221 schools in Iowa (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Harding Middle School is 0.75, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (IA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1204 out of 1221 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
31%
64%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
30%
68%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
14:1
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American Indian
1%
n/a
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Asian
14%
3%
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Hispanic
38%
12%
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Black
24%
7%
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White
17%
73%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
6%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.75
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
83%
35%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
5%
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Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Harding Middle School's ranking?
Harding Middle School is ranked #1204 out of 1,221 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in Iowa.
What schools are Harding Middle School often compared to?
Harding Middle Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Weeks Middle School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
31% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 64% IA state average), while 30% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 68% IA state average).
How many students attend Harding Middle School?
676 students attend Harding Middle School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
38% of Harding Middle School students are Hispanic, 24% of students are Black, 17% of students are White, 14% of students are Asian, 6% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are American Indian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Harding Middle School?
Harding Middle School has a student ration of 14:1, which is equal to the Iowa state average of 14:1.
What grades does Harding Middle School offer ?
Harding Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8
What school district is Harding Middle School part of?
Harding Middle School is part of Des Moines Independent Comm School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 676 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 83%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 31% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 30% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IA Dept. of Education

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