Des Moines Independent Comm School District

2100 Fleur Drive
Des Moines , IA 50321
(District boundaries shown in map)
Rating
1/
10
Bottom 50%
Grades: PK - 12

Top Rankings

Des Moines Independent Comm School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in Iowa for:

Category
Attribute
Diversity
Most diverse schools (Top 1%)
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2022 school year, there are 59 public schools serving 31,020 students in Des Moines Independent Comm School District. This district's average testing ranking is 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Iowa.
Public Schools in Des Moines Independent Comm School District have an average math proficiency score of 49% (versus the Iowa public school average of 70%), and reading proficiency score of 47% (versus the 68% statewide average).
The top ranked public schools in Des Moines Independent Comm School District are Cowles 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 Independent Comm School District has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Iowa.
Minority enrollment is 65% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Iowa public school average of 26% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
This State (IA)
# Schools
59 Schools
1,304 Schools
# Students
31,020 Students
498,629 Students
# Teachers
2,065 Teachers
35,053 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
15:1

District Rank

Des Moines Independent Comm School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 326 school districts in Iowa (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 83% has increased from 82% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (IA)
Overall District Rank
#329 out of 330 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Des Moines Independent Comm   School District, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
49%
69%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Des Moines Independent Comm   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of IA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
47%
68%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Des Moines Independent Comm   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of IA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Graduation Rate
83%
88%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Des Moines Independent Comm   School District and public school graduation rate of IA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score
0.75
0.44
# American Indian Students
137 Students
1,790 Students
% American Indian Students
1%
n/a
# Asian Students
2,578 Students
12,713 Students
% Asian Students
8%
3%
# Hispanic Students
8,886 Students
58,288 Students
% Hispanic Students
29%
12%
# Black Students
6,263 Students
32,556 Students
% Black Students
20%
7%
# White Students
10,992 Students
368,944 Students
% White Students
35%
74%
# Hawaiian Students
52 Students
1,931 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
2,112 Students
22,406 Students
% of Two or more races Students
7%
4%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
1,081
19,994
# Students in K Grade:
2,144
37,666
# Students in 1st Grade:
2,292
35,140
# Students in 2nd Grade:
2,220
34,908
# Students in 3rd Grade:
2,223
34,516
# Students in 4th Grade:
2,214
34,733
# Students in 5th Grade:
2,185
35,873
# Students in 6th Grade:
2,277
36,868
# Students in 7th Grade:
2,344
38,538
# Students in 8th Grade:
2,400
38,657
# Students in 9th Grade:
2,383
39,103
# Students in 10th Grade:
2,302
38,361
# Students in 11th Grade:
2,322
36,878
# Students in 12th Grade:
2,633
37,394
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $16,415 is higher than the state median of $13,939. The school district revenue/student has grown by 7% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $16,007 is higher than the state median of $13,541. The school district spending/student has grown by 7% over four school years.
This School District
This State (IA)
Total Revenue (19-20)
$509 MM
$10 MM
This chart display total revenue of Des Moines Independent Comm   School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in IA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Spending (19-20)
$497 MM
$10 MM
This chart display total spending of Des Moines Independent Comm   School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in IA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$16,415
$13,939
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Des Moines Independent Comm   School District and median value from average revenue per public school student of all school districts in IA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Spending / Student
$16,007
$13,541
This chart display average spending per public school student in Des Moines Independent Comm   School District and median value from average spending per public school student of all school districts in IA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Best Des Moines Independent Comm School District Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Cowles Elementary School
Math: 83% | Reading: 88%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
6401 College Ave
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
(515) 242-7818
Grades: PK-8
| 392 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-5
| 241 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
| 371 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
| 750 students
Rank: #55.
Pleasant Hill Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
4801 E Oakwood Dr
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
(515) 242-8432
Grades: K-5
| 205 students
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
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: K-5
| 212 students
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
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: K-5
| 340 students
Rank: #88.
Perkins Elementary School
Math: 70% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4301 College
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 242-8430
Grades: K-5
| 395 students
Rank: #99.
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: K-5
| 284 students
Rank: #1010.
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: K-5
| 294 students
Rank: #1111.
Brody Middle School
Math: 63% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
2501 Park Ave
Des Moines, IA 50321
(515) 242-8443
Grades: 6-8
| 686 students
Rank: #1212.
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
| 420 students
Rank: #1313.
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
| 245 students
Rank: #14 - 1514. - 15.
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: K-5
| 334 students
Rank: #14 - 1514. - 15.
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: K-5
| 256 students
Rank: #1616.
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
| 2,086 students
Rank: #1717.
Samuelson Elementary School
Math: 55% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3929 Bel-aire Rd
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 242-8441
Grades: K-5
| 433 students
Rank: #1818.
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
| 600 students
Rank: #1919.
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
| 747 students
Rank: #2020.
Park Ave Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3141 Sw 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8429
Grades: K-5
| 382 students
Rank: #2121.
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
| 515 students
Rank: #2222.
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
| 522 students
Rank: #2323.
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
| 740 students
Rank: #24 - 2724. - 27.
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
| 306 students
Rank: #24 - 2724. - 27.
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: K-5
| 255 students
Rank: #24 - 2724. - 27.
Oak Park
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 242-8428
Grades: K-5
| 326 students
Rank: #24 - 2724. - 27.
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: K-5
| 293 students
Rank: #2828.
Brubaker Elementary School
Math: 46% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2900 E 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8405
Grades: K-5
| 643 students
Rank: #2929.
Weeks Middle School
Math: 47% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
901 East Park Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8449
Grades: 6-8
| 743 students
Rank: #3030.
Hoyt Middle School
Math: 48% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2700 E 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8446
Grades: 6-8
| 618 students
Rank: #3131.
Garton Elementary School
Math: 47% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2820 E 24th St
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 242-8408
Grades: K-5
| 498 students
Rank: #3232.
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: K-5
| 313 students
Rank: #3333.
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
| 564 students
Rank: #34 - 3534. - 35.
Jackson Elementary School
Math: 46% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3825 Indianola Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8415
Grades: K-5
| 387 students
Rank: #34 - 3534. - 35.
Morris Elementary School
Math: 46% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1401 Geil Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8421
Grades: K-5
| 472 students
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • District size: 59
  • Enrollment: 31,020 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 15:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 65%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 83% (Btm 50% in IA)
  • Overall District Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 49% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 47% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IA Dept. of Education

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