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    A
  2. Diversity
    C-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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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.
Address
210 E University St
Pella, IA 50219
Telephone
(641) 628-1111
Website

Pella Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
Average ACT
26
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Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,226
Free or Reduced Lunch
18.4%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,306
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$23,773,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,858/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    4%

Pella Community School District Reviews

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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.
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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.