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  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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Waterloo Community School District is a public school district located in Waterloo, IA. It has 11,431 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.
Address
1516 Washington St
Waterloo, IA 50702
Telephone
(319) 433-1800
Website

Waterloo Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1140
9 responses
Average ACT
22
240 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,431
Free or Reduced Lunch
67.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,032
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$146,106,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,837/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    64%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    5%

Waterloo Community School District Reviews

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The Waterloo Community School District is a great place for students to grow! The school district is very diverse which gives students the opportunity to be around different cultures. The teachers in the Waterloo Community School District truly care about the well being and learning of the students. The teachers and administration go the extra mile to make sure the students feel safe, and they help give them a variety of learning opportunities each and every day.
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I like how active the teachers are in their students lives. Something that could be fixed is the priorities. Our high schools put sports teams and spending money on them above spending money on things the schools actually need. For instance, we need air conditioning. Students should not have to suffer in 90 degree heat in inclosed buildings because the district chose to fund the sports instead. Another thing is how the district does not really listen to the students or let them focus on things that need to be focused on, for example mental health. There are a lot of issues that people are not taking action to fix. It’s sad when the students have to bring attention to the issues because the adults working in the district don’t care to notice.
Waterloo provides many opportunities for students including a variety of AP classes, International Baccalaureate, PBDA, a career center, and many more paths that allow students to choose for themselves and also help some recover from lost and wasted time. The staff at all of the schools are amazing but the facilities are pretty average. As a district they choose to nurture their students and attempt to build pathways for every student.