Walnut Street School

901 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
2/
10
Bottom 50%
Walnut Street School serves 307 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
Walnut Street School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Iowa for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 60-64% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 76%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 60-64% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 74%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is equal to the Iowa state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Iowa state average of 24% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Top Placements

Walnut Street School places among the top 20% of public schools in Iowa for:

School Overview

Walnut Street School's student population of 307 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 20 teachers has declined by 20% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
Total Students307 students
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Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
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School Comparison

Walnut Street School is ranked within the bottom 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 Walnut Street School is 0.68, 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
#1076 out of 1232 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
60-64%
76%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
60-64%
74%
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:115:1
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American Indian
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n/a
Asian
4%
3%
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Hispanic
10%
11%
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Black
25%
6%
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White
49%
76%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
12%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.680.41
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Eligible for Free Lunch
35%
33%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
12%
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

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school and middle school to Walnut Street School is Ruby Van Meter School (1.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Downtown School (0.7 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Des Moines Downtown School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    Grades: K-6 | 271 students
    0.7 miles
    1800 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 284-5848
    0.7 K-6 271
  • Des Moines Edmunds Fine Arts Academy Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-5 | 312 students
    0.8 miles
    950 15th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    (515) 243-1174
    0.8 PK-5 312
  • Des Moines Carver Elementary School Math: 35% | Reading: 38%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-5 | 549 students
    1.4 miles
    705 E University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 242-8418
    1.4 K-5 549
  • Des Moines Ruby Van Meter School Special Education School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: ≤10%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: 6-12 | 135 students
    1.4 miles
    710 28th St
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 242-8220
    1.4 6-12 135
  • Des Moines King Elementary School Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-5 | 329 students
    1.5 miles
    1849 Forest Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    (515) 242-8417
    1.5 K-5 329

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