Top 10 Best Des Moines Public Schools (2022)

For the 2022 school year, there are 63 public schools serving 34,585 students in Des Moines, IA. Des Moines has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Iowa.
The top ranked public schools in Des Moines, IA are Delaware Elementary School, Downtown School and Jefferson Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Des Moines, IA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 49% (versus the Iowa public school average of 69%), and reading proficiency score of 47% (versus the 68% statewide average). Schools in Des Moines have an average ranking of 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Iowa public schools.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Iowa public school average of 24% (majority Hispanic).

Best Des Moines, IA Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Delaware Elementary School
Math: 80-84% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4401 E 46th St
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 262-3197
Grades: PK-5
| 418 students
Rank: #22.
Downtown School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1800 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 284-5848
Grades: K-6
| 271 students
Rank: #33.
Jefferson Elementary School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2425 Watrous Ave
Des Moines, IA 50321
(515) 242-8416
Grades: K-5
| 392 students
Rank: #44.
Merrill Middle School
Math: 68% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5301 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8448
Grades: 6-8
| 743 students
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
Greenwood Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
316 37th Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8410
Grades: PK-5
| 283 students
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
Hanawalt Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
225 56th Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8411
Grades: PK-5
| 343 students
Rank: #77.
Perkins Elementary School
Math: 70% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4301 College
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 242-8430
Grades: PK-5
| 451 students
Rank: #88.
Windsor Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
5912 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 242-8440
Grades: PK-5
| 375 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Saydel High School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
5601 Ne 7th St
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 262-9325
Grades: 9-12
| 415 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Willard Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
2941 Dean Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8439
Grades: PK-5
| 362 students
Rank: #1111.
Brody Middle School
Math: 63% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
(2)
2501 Park Ave
Des Moines, IA 50321
(515) 242-8443
Grades: 6-8
| 770 students
Rank: #1212.
Woodside Middle School
Math: 61% | Reading: 59%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
5810 Ne 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 265-3451
Grades: 5-8
| 392 students
Rank: #1313.
Hubbell Elementary School
Math: 58% | Reading: 59%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
800 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8414
Grades: K-5
| 432 students
Rank: #1414.
Walnut Street School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
901 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-8438
Grades: PK-5
| 307 students
Rank: #1515.
Cornell Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
5817 Ne 3rd St
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 244-8173
Grades: PK-4
| 531 students
Rank: #16 - 1716. - 17.
Moore Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
3725 52nd St
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 242-8426
Grades: PK-5
| 297 students
Rank: #16 - 1716. - 17.
Wright Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
5001 Sw 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8442
Grades: PK-5
| 280 students
Rank: #1818.
Roosevelt High School
Math: 51% | Reading: 55%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
4419 Center St
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-7272
Grades: 9-12
| 1,943 students
Rank: #1919.
Samuelson Elementary School
Math: 55% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3929 Bel-aire Rd
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 242-8441
Grades: PK-5
| 449 students
Rank: #2020.
Callanan Middle School
Math: 53% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3010 Center Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8101
Grades: 6-8
| 603 students
Rank: #2121.
Mccombs Middle School
Math: 54% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
201 Sw County Line Rd
Des Moines, IA 50320
(515) 242-8447
Grades: 6-8
| 733 students
Rank: #2222.
Park Ave Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
3141 Sw 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8429
Grades: PK-5
| 431 students
Rank: #2323.
Capitol View Elementary School
Math: 51% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
320 E. 16th
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 242-8402
Grades: PK-5
| 594 students
Rank: #2424.
Studebaker Elementary School
Math: 53% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
300 E County Line Rd
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8436
Grades: K-5
| 495 students
Rank: #2525.
Meredith Middle School
Math: 49% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
4827 Madison Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 242-7250
Grades: 6-8
| 805 students
Rank: #26 - 2926. - 29.
Findley Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3025 Oxford Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 242-8407
Grades: K-5
| 343 students
Rank: #26 - 2926. - 29.
Madison Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
806 E Hoffman St
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 242-8420
Grades: PK-5
| 279 students
Rank: #26 - 2926. - 29.
Oak Park
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 242-8428
Grades: PK-5
| 369 students
Rank: #26 - 2926. - 29.
Phillips Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1701 Lay St
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8431
Grades: PK-5
| 339 students
Rank: #3030.
Brubaker Elementary School
Math: 46% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2900 E 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8405
Grades: PK-5
| 709 students
Rank: #3131.
Weeks Middle School
Math: 47% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
(2)
901 East Park Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8449
Grades: 6-8
| 766 students
Rank: #3232.
Hoyt Middle School
Math: 48% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
2700 E 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8446
Grades: 6-8
| 598 students
Rank: #3333.
Garton Elementary School
Math: 47% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2820 E 24th St
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8408
Grades: PK-5
| 650 students
Rank: #3434.
Hillis Elementary School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2401 56th St
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 242-8412
Grades: PK-5
| 370 students
Rank: #3535.
Goodrell Middle School
Math: 47% | Reading: 40%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3300 E. 29th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8444
Grades: 6-8
| 571 students
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Des Moines, Iowa Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
3720 E 29th St
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8401
Grades: PK-5
| 337 students
Bridges (Closed 2006)
Alternative School
1800 Grand
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-7552
Grades: 6-12
| 25 students
1801 16th St
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 242-8645
Grades: PK
| 99 students
1800 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-7846
Grades: 7-12
| 2 students
1800 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-7846
Grades: 6-8
| n/a students
620 8th St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-7911
Grades: 7-9
| 117 students
918 Se 11th St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 246-1800
Grades: PK-K
| 15 students
6401 College Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 242-7795
Grades: K-5
| 10 students
6401 College Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 242-7795
Grades: 6-8
| 21 students
1800 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-7846
Grades: 6-12
| 118 students
1000 Porter Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8409
Grades: PK-5
| 547 students
2115 E 39th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8418
Grades: PK-5
| 207 students
1001 Amos Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-7588
Grades: PK
| n/a students
2905 Ne 46th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 266-3109
Grades: 4-5
| 198 students
925 Sw Porter
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 287-9700
Grades: K-5
| 11 students
620 8th St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 697-5737
Grades: 6-12
| 50 students
1401 E 12th St
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 242-8437
Grades: PK-5
| 368 students
1101 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 246-1800
Grades: PK-K
| 18 students

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