Top 10 Best Polk County Public Schools (2022)

For the 2022 school year, there are 138 public schools serving 83,281 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 Northeast Elementary School, Mitchellville Elementary School and North Polk Middle 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 69% (versus the Iowa public school average of 70%), and reading proficiency score of 66% (versus the 68% statewide average). Schools in Polk County have an average ranking of 4/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Iowa public schools.
Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Iowa public school average of 26% (majority Hispanic).

Best Polk County Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Northeast Elementary School
Math: 96% | Reading: 92%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
1705 Ne Trilein
Ankeny, IA 50021
(515) 965-9620
Grades: K-5
| 630 students
Rank: #22.
Mitchellville Elementary School
Math: ≥95% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
308 Elm Ave Nw
Mitchellville, IA 50169
(515) 967-4274
Grades: PK-5
| 234 students
Rank: #33.
North Polk Middle School
Math: 93% | Reading: 91%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
315 Ne 141st Ave.
Alleman, IA 50007
(515) 984-3400
Grades: 6-8
| 452 students
Rank: #44.
North Ridge Elementary School
Math: 94% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
400 Nw 27th St
Grimes, IA 50111
(515) 986-5674
Grades: K-5
| 487 students
Rank: #55.
Walnut Hills Elementary School
Math: 92% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
4240 156th St
Urbandale, IA 50323
(515) 987-3585
Grades: PK-5
| 679 students
Rank: #66.
Shuler Elementary School
Math: 93% | Reading: 87%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
16400 Douglas Parkway
Clive, IA 50325
(515) 987-8597
Grades: K-5
| 718 students
Rank: #77.
Prairie Trail Elementary School
Math: 92% | Reading: 87%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1850 Sw College Ave
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9605
Grades: K-5
| 537 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Ashland Ridge Elementary School
Math: 93% | Reading: 86%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2600 Nw Ash Drive
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9594
Grades: K-5
| 680 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Summit Middle School
Math: 88% | Reading: 88%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
9500 Windsor Parkway
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 986-0318
Grades: 6-7
| 1,126 students
Rank: #1010.
Heritage Elementary School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
500 Ne Beaverbrooke Blvd
Grimes, IA 50111
(515) 300-9627
Grades: PK-5
| 564 students
Rank: #11 - 1211. - 12.
Dc-g Meadows
Math: 88% | Reading: 86%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2555 W 1st St Suite 200
Grimes, IA 50111
(515) 986-0105
Grades: 8-9
| 497 students
Rank: #11 - 1211. - 12.
North Polk Central Elementary School
Math: 88% | Reading: 86%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
311 Ne 141st Ave
Alleman, IA 50007
(515) 984-3400
Grades: PK-5
| 388 students
Rank: #1313.
Brookview Elementary School
Math: 87% | Reading: 86%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
8000 E.p. True Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 987-5166
Grades: K-5
| 592 students
Rank: #1414.
Webster Elementary School
Math: 87% | Reading: 85%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
12955 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50323
(515) 331-8600
Grades: PK-5
| 485 students
Rank: #1515.
Prairie Ridge Middle School
Math: 86% | Reading: 88%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1010 Nw Prairie Ridge Dr
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9705
Grades: 6-7
| 1,021 students
Rank: #1616.
Runnells Elementary School
Math: 90-94% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
6575 Se 116th Street
Runnells, IA 50237
(515) 966-2068
Grades: PK-5
| 292 students
Rank: #1717.
Westwood Elementary School
Math: 89% | Reading: 84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2920 Nw 9th
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9690
Grades: K-5
| 618 students
Rank: #1818.
Henry A Wallace Elementary School
Math: 90% | Reading: 83%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
6207 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-6977
Grades: PK-5
| 863 students
Rank: #1919.
Crocker Elementary School
Math: 89% | Reading: 82%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2910 Sw Applewood St
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9710
Grades: K-5
| 535 students
Rank: #2020.
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: #2121.
North Polk West Elementary School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1400 W Broadway
Polk City, IA 50226
(515) 984-3400
Grades: PK-4
| 573 students
Rank: #2222.
Ankeny High School
Math: 84% | Reading: 85%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(2)
1155 Sw Cherry St
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9630
Grades: 10-12
| 1,337 students
Rank: #2323.
Ankeny Centennial High School
Math: 83% | Reading: 86%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2220 Nw State St
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9610
Grades: 10-12
| 1,340 students
Rank: #2424.
Johnston Middle School
Math: 85% | Reading: 83%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-0476
Grades: 8-9
| 1,118 students
Rank: #2525.
Westridge Elementary School
Math: 88% | Reading: 78%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5500 E P True Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 633-5400
Grades: PK-6
| 721 students
Rank: #2626.
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
| 382 students
Rank: #27 - 2927. - 29.
Four Mile Elementary School
Math: 86% | Reading: 80%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
670 Se 68th St
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
(515) 265-1972
Grades: PK-5
| 450 students
Rank: #27 - 2927. - 29.
Lawson Elementary School
Math: 86% | Reading: 80%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5450 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-0478
Grades: K-5
| 584 students
Rank: #27 - 2927. - 29.
Rock Creek Elementary School
Math: 86% | Reading: 80%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3800 Nw Abilene Rd
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9629
Grades: K-5
| 708 students
Rank: #3030.
Centennial Elementary School
Math: 81% | Reading: 84%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
910 7th Ave Se
Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 967-2109
Grades: PK-5
| 419 students
Rank: #3131.
South Prairie Elementary School
Math: 84% | Reading: 80%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
500 S James St
Grimes, IA 50111
(515) 986-4057
Grades: K-5
| 489 students
Rank: #3232.
Parkview Middle School
Math: 83% | Reading: 81%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
105 Nw Pleasant St
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9640
Grades: 6-7
| 871 students
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
Northview Middle School
Math: 84% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1302 N Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-9700
Grades: 8-9
| 945 students
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
Woodland Hills Elementary School
Math: 84% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1120 South 95th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 987-5196
Grades: K-5
| 665 students
Rank: #3535.
Valley High School
Math: 80% | Reading: 82%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3650 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 633-4000
Grades: 10-12
| 2,047 students
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Polk County 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
1020 8th St
West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 633-6300
Grades: K-6
| 259 students
3353 240th Street
Grimes, IA 50111
(515) 986-9747
Grades: 9-12
| 458 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
950 15th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 243-1174
Grades: K-5
| 297 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
1301 First Ave N
Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 957-8811
Grades: 9-12
| 57 students
800 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8414
Grades: K-5
| 309 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
11500 Nw 54th Ave
Grimes, IA 50111
(515) 986-3171
Grades: 9-12
| 18 students
2905 Ne 46th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 266-3109
Grades: 4-5
| 198 students
7110 Prairie Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 457-5800
Grades: PK-5
| 328 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
415 7th St
West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 633-6600
Grades: PK-3
| 180 students
Ruby Van Meter School (Closed 2021)
Special Education School
710 28th St
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8220
Grades: 6-12
| 135 students
1800 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-7589
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
2820 Center St
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8210
Grades: PK-8
| 94 students
310 Nw School St
Ankeny, IA 50021
(515) 965-9670
Grades: PK-5
| n/a students
1401 E 12th St
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 242-8437
Grades: PK-5
| 368 students
7085 Nw Beaver Dr
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-3473
Grades: 6-12
| 30 students
1101 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 246-1800
Grades: PK-K
| 18 students

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