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For the 2021 school year, there are 131 public schools serving 78,930 students in Polk County, IA. Polk County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Iowa.
The top ranked public schools in Polk County, IA are North Ridge Elementary School, Prairie Trail Elementary School and Heritage Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Polk County, IA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 72% (versus the Iowa public school average of 76%), and reading proficiency score of 71% (versus the 74% statewide average). Schools in Polk County have an average ranking of 3/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Iowa public schools.
Minority enrollment is 39% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Iowa public school average of 24% (majority Hispanic).

Top Polk County Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    North Ridge Elementary School Math: 95% | Reading: 93%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    400 Nw 27th St
    Grimes, IA 50111
    (515) 986-5674

    Grades: K-5 | 483 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Prairie Trail Elementary School Math: 94% | Reading: 92%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    1850 Sw College Ave
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9605

    Grades: K-5 | 718 students
  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    Heritage Elementary School Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    500 Ne Beaverbrooke Blvd
    Grimes, IA 50111
    (515) 300-9627

    Grades: PK-5 | 513 students
  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    North Polk West Elementary School Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1400 W Broadway
    Polk City, IA 50226
    (515) 984-3400

    Grades: PK-4 | 525 students
  • Rank: #55.
    North Polk Middle School Math: 96% | Reading: 90%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    315 Ne 141st Ave.
    Alleman, IA 50007
    (515) 984-3400

    Grades: 6-8 | 385 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Ankeny Centennial High School Math: 94% | Reading: 91%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2220 Nw State St
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9610

    Grades: 10-12 | 1,197 student
  • Rank: #77.
    Prairie Ridge Middle School Math: 92% | Reading: 90%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1010 Nw Prairie Ridge Dr
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9705

    Grades: 6-7 | 903 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Northeast Elementary School Math: 93% | Reading: 88%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1705 Ne Trilein
    Ankeny, IA 50021
    (515) 965-9620

    Grades: PK-5 | 631 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Rock Creek Elementary School Math: 93% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    3800 Nw Abilene Rd
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9629

    Grades: PK-5 | 681 students
  • Rank: #1010.
    Ashland Ridge Elementary School Math: 91% | Reading: 89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    2600 Nw Ash Drive
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9594

    Grades: PK-5 | 663 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    Henry A Wallace Elementary School Math: 90% | Reading: 90%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    6510 Nw 62nd Ave
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 278-6977

    Grades: PK-5 | 593 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    North Polk Central Elementary School Math: 94% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    311 Ne 141st Ave
    Alleman, IA 50007
    (515) 984-3400

    Grades: PK-5 | 393 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    Cowles Elementary School Math: 87% | Reading: 91%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    6401 College Ave
    Windsor Heights, IA 50324
    (515) 242-7818

    Grades: PK-8 | 397 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Westwood Elementary School Math: 89% | Reading: 89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    2920 Nw 9th
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9690

    Grades: K-5 | 653 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Johnston Senior High School Math: 90% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    6500 Nw 100th Street
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 278-0449

    Grades: 10-12 | 1,606 student
  • Rank: #1616.
    Runnells Elementary School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    6575 Se 116th Street
    Runnells, IA 50237
    (515) 966-2068

    Grades: K-5 | 270 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Crocker Elementary School Math: 90% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2910 Sw Applewood St
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9710

    Grades: PK-5 | 662 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Johnston Middle School Math: 88% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    6501 Nw 62nd Ave
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 278-0476

    Grades: 8-9 | 1,130 student
  • Rank: #1919.
    Ankeny High School Math: 90% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1155 Sw Cherry St
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9630

    Grades: 10-12 | 1,077 student
  • Rank: #2020.
    Timber Ridge Elementary School Math: 88% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    7370 Nw 54th Ave
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 331-4379

    Grades: PK-5 | 754 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Lawson Elementary School Math: 87% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    5450 Nw 62nd Ave
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 278-0478

    Grades: PK-5 | 649 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Four Mile Elementary School Math: 86% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    670 Se 68th St
    Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
    (515) 265-1972

    Grades: K-5 | 430 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Summit Middle School Math: 90% | Reading: 84%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    9500 Windsor Parkway
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 986-0318

    Grades: 6-7 | 1,112 student
  • Rank: #2424.
    Horizon Elementary School Math: 85% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    5905 N W 100th Street
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 986-1121

    Grades: PK-5 | 684 students
  • Rank: #2525.
    Fairmeadows Elementary School Math: 87% | Reading: 84%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    807 23rd St
    West Des Moines, IA 50265
    (515) 633-6500

    Grades: PK-6 | 566 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    Parkview Middle School Math: 88% | Reading: 82%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    105 Nw Pleasant St
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9640

    Grades: 6-7 | 894 students
  • Rank: #27-2927.- 29.
    Karen Acres Elementary School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    3500 74th Street
    Urbandale, IA 50322
    (515) 457-5700

    Grades: K-5 | 246 students
  • Rank: #27-2927.- 29.
    Mitchellville Elementary School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    308 Elm Ave Nw
    Mitchellville, IA 50169
    (515) 967-4274

    Grades: PK-5 | 235 students
  • Rank: #27-2927.- 29.
    Northwest Elementary School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1202 W First St
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9680

    Grades: K-5 | 366 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Northview Middle School Math: 86% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1302 N Ankeny Blvd
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9700

    Grades: 8-9 | 856 students
  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    Beaver Creek Elementary School Math: 86% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    8701 Lyndhurst
    Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 278-6228

    Grades: PK-5 | 754 students
  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    Southview Middle School Math: 86% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1020 Sw Cherry St
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 965-9635

    Grades: 8-9 | 847 students
  • Rank: #33-3533.- 35.
    Altoona Elementary School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    301 6th St Sw
    Altoona, IA 50009
    (515) 967-3771

    Grades: PK-5 | 451 students
  • Rank: #33-3533.- 35.
    Centennial Elementary School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    910 7th Ave Se
    Altoona, IA 50009
    (515) 967-2109

    Grades: PK-5 | 433 students
  • Rank: #33-3533.- 35.
    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
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