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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 33,623 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.
2100 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1190
92 responses
Average ACT
23
956 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
33,623
Free or Reduced Lunch
73.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,070
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.5%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$13,991/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$68,955
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$847
National
$949
Median Home Value
$197,575
National
$184,700

Des Moines Independent Community School District Reviews

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DMPS generally does a very good job working with the limited money they have. Problems within schools are usually addressed in a timely manner. The largest issue with the district is the school board's inability to liaise with their constituents, which was made apparent during the 2020 debate over building a new stadium. The DMPS School Board rolled out their plans to build a multi-million dollar stadium with Drake University during the fall of 2019. Students, teachers and community members largely disapproved of the stadium and made their feelings known during school board meetings. When the school board ignored these voices, the community took to a city-wide petition to urge the board to reconsider, garnering over 5,000 signatures. Despite the public outcry, the school board decided to move forward with the project. The clear disconnect between the school board and their constituents is concerning.
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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.
I really love how diverse DMPS schools are. There’s a significant amount of people that represent several different backgrounds in which keeps an open-minded atmosphere. There’s lots of opportunities to get involved into extracurricular activities ranging from a new “K-pop club” to trying out for basketball. I’m not from Des Moines, so when I moved here I noticed how different the opportunities were. It’s a very sports driven community so I got into sports very easily once I moved to Des Moines. I feel that it’s a very good school. Culturally, and intellectually speaking.