Merrill Middle School

  • Merrill Middle School serves 743 students in grades 6-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 78% (which is higher than the Iowa state average of 76%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 81% (which is higher than the Iowa state average of 74%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Merrill Middle School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Iowa for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the Iowa state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is higher than the Iowa state average of 24% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Top Placements

Merrill Middle School places among the top 20% of public schools in Iowa for:

School Overview

  • Merrill Middle School's student population of 743 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 39 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Total Students743 students
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Total Classroom Teachers39 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Merrill Middle School is ranked within the top 50% of all 1,232 schools in Iowa (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The diversity score of Merrill Middle School is 0.56, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (IA)
Overall Testing Rank#594 out of 1232 schools
(Top 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
78%
76%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
81%
74%
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Student : Teacher Ratio19:115:1
American Indian
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Asian
4%
3%
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Hispanic
12%
11%
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Black
13%
6%
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White
64%
76%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
7%
4%
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Diversity Score0.560.41
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Eligible for Free Lunch
31%
33%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
7%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDes Moines Independent Community School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, IA Dept. of Education

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