Top 10 Best Des Moines Public Schools (2021)

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For the 2021 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 Downtown School, Delaware Elementary 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 55% (versus the Iowa public school average of 76%), and reading proficiency score of 56% (versus the 74% 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).

Top Des Moines, IA Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Downtown School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1800 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 284-5848

    Grades: K-6 | 271 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Delaware Elementary School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    4401 E 46th St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 262-3197

    Grades: PK-5 | 418 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Jefferson Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    2425 Watrous Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    (515) 242-8416

    Grades: K-5 | 392 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Merrill Middle School Math: 78% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    5301 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8448

    Grades: 6-8 | 743 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Hanawalt Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    225 56th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8411

    Grades: PK-5 | 343 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Perkins Elementary School Math: 71% | Reading: 73%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4301 College
    Des Moines, IA 50311
    (515) 242-8430

    Grades: PK-5 | 451 students
  • Rank: #77.
    Hubbell Elementary School Math: 65% | Reading: 74%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    800 42nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8414

    Grades: K-5 | 432 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Brody Middle School Math: 69% | Reading: 68%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2501 Park Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    (515) 242-8443

    Grades: 6-8 | 770 students
  • Rank: #9-109.- 10.
    Greenwood Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    316 37th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8410

    Grades: PK-5 | 283 students
  • Rank: #9-109.- 10.
    Wright Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    5001 Sw 14th St
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8442

    Grades: PK-5 | 280 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    Windsor Elementary School Math: 63% | Reading: 67%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    5912 University Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50311
    (515) 242-8440

    Grades: PK-5 | 375 students
  • Rank: #12-1312.- 13.
    Cornell Elementary School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    5817 Ne 3rd St
    Des Moines, IA 50313
    (515) 244-8173

    Grades: PK-4 | 531 students
  • Rank: #12-1312.- 13.
    Phillips Elementary School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1701 Lay St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8431

    Grades: PK-5 | 339 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Saydel High School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    5601 Ne 7th St
    Des Moines, IA 50313
    (515) 262-9325

    Grades: 9-12 | 415 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Roosevelt High School Math: 65% | Reading: 66%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4419 Center St
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-7272

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,943 student
  • Rank: #1616.
    Woodside Middle School Math: 67% | Reading: 59%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    5810 Ne 14th St
    Des Moines, IA 50313
    (515) 265-3451

    Grades: 5-8 | 392 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Walnut Street School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    901 Walnut St
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 242-8438

    Grades: PK-5 | 307 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Hillis Elementary School Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2401 56th St
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-8412

    Grades: PK-5 | 370 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Samuelson Elementary School Math: 63% | Reading: 59%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3929 Bel-aire Rd
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-8441

    Grades: PK-5 | 449 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    Lincoln High School Math: 59% | Reading: 60%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2600 Sw 9th St
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-7500

    Grades: 9-12 | 2,350 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Brubaker Elementary School Math: 55% | Reading: 59%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2900 E 42nd Street
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8405

    Grades: PK-5 | 709 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Morris Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 60%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1401 Geil Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8421

    Grades: PK-5 | 600 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Capitol View Elementary School Math: 54% | Reading: 58%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    320 E. 16th
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 242-8402

    Grades: PK-5 | 594 students
  • Rank: #2424.
    Madison Elementary School Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    806 E Hoffman St
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 242-8420

    Grades: PK-5 | 279 students
  • Rank: #2525.
    Hoover High School Math: 57% | Reading: 51%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4800 Aurora Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-7300

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,106 student
  • Rank: #26-2726.- 27.
    Hoyt Middle School Math: 52% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2700 E 42nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8446

    Grades: 6-8 | 598 students
  • Rank: #26-2726.- 27.
    Park Ave Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3141 Sw 9th St
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8429

    Grades: PK-5 | 431 students
  • Rank: #2828.
    Mccombs Middle School Math: 54% | Reading: 54%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    201 Sw County Line Rd
    Des Moines, IA 50320
    (515) 242-8447

    Grades: 6-8 | 733 students
  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Meredith Middle School Math: 54% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4827 Madison Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 242-7250

    Grades: 6-8 | 805 students
  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Willard Elementary School Math: 54% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2941 Dean Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8439

    Grades: PK-5 | 362 students
  • Rank: #3131.
    Weeks Middle School Math: 55% | Reading: 51%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    901 East Park Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8449

    Grades: 6-8 | 766 students
  • Rank: #3232.
    Jackson Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 52%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3825 Indianola Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8415

    Grades: K-5 | 427 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    Garton Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 56%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2820 E 24th St
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    (515) 242-8408

    Grades: PK-5 | 650 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    Studebaker Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    300 E County Line Rd
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 242-8436

    Grades: K-5 | 495 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    Cattell Elementary School Math: 50% | Reading: 54%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3101 E 12th St
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 242-8403

    Grades: K-5 | 410 students
  • Show 28 more public schools in Des Moines, IA (out of 63 total schools)
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