Pella Community School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Pella, IA. It has 2,226 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Elementary Schools in Pella Community School District
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- A86 Students
- A69 Students
- B+63 Students
- B+44 Students
- B-39 Students
- A-30 Students
- C+18 Students
- B12 Students
- B-11 Students
- B11 Students
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Pella Community School District Reviews
Coming from a staff member and a parent of a child at the Pella Community school, I get to see both sides of the coin. On the teacher side of thing I would like to state that the student ratio is not 14:1. Walk into any elementary class room and you will see 28-30 students with 1 teacher. As a teacher we have no administration support or should I say our administration has no backbone. Principals/teachers are not held accountable for their behavior in the classroom and out of it. Far to many affairs with teacher/teacher/principals that need to be addressed. In Pella the kids that are good in sports run the school. As a parent, our child is a very good student which is good because seeing how the lower achieving students get help is alarming. But the biggest issue with the Pella schools isn't the education it really is on the athletics. The school puts so much emphasis on the sports teams that little else matters.
In general the students are friendly and open to new students. The athletic programs and facilities are good. Most sports make it to state each year. The music and band programs are very successful, often winning state wide competition. The teachers are kind and respectful and very willing to listen to students questions and concerns. The students seem to score fairly high on academic tests. The high school has done a lot of renovating lately, so have top of the line resources for students. There is a huge lack of diversity in the Pella school system and causes a problem for some student of different races. This is mainly due to being in a small Iowa town.
I grew up in Pella and feel like I was supported and challenged throughout my schooling experience. I was given many opportunities to join different groups, try new things, and take on leadership positions. The teachers at the schools truly care about students as individuals and want to see them succeed. They will do whatever they can to help their students be successful. Recent building updates have really helped improve the district facilities.