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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Des Moines Independent Community School District is a public school district located in Des Moines, IA. It has 34,656 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
About Des Moines Independent Community School District...
Address
2100 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321
Telephone
(515) 242-7911

Des Moines Independent Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1220
79 responses
Average ACT
23
783 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
34,656
Free or Reduced Lunch
73.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,186
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.5%

Finances

Total Expenses
$435,547,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,757/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    4%

Des Moines Independent Community School District Reviews

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I am currently a junior in Lincoln High School, and I transferred here from Texas this recent year. When I first transferred here, I was struggling a lot academically. However, there were certain teachers who was willing to take their time and helped me to improve. Also I went ahead and talked to the counselor certain times, and she very helpful as well.
Overall, I am loving my experience in Des Moines community school! There are teachers who are happily willing to help peers out and, also lots of opportunities to be involved in clubs and sports.
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DMPS school district had lots of academic options! I enjoyed all the different classes I could take. The district includes a downtown school that offers classes such as aviation, civil engineering, culinary arts, and teacher academy. Those classes prep students for the work force and college. The students often get job offers or internships before even graduating high school.
The DMPS system had many pros and cons. What i enjoyed about being apart of DMPS is the diversity. In each and every school, there was so much diversity. Students got exposed to many different types of cultures and ethnicity. One thing that could change would be SRG (standard reference grading). I believe that it should change because if high school is suppose to get us ready for college, SRG is not the way to go. SRG makes it so that no one could fail, and if they did, it would only be because they never showed up to class. SRG is too easy and gives too many chances when we all know that in life, you dont always get second chances.