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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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West Des Moines Community School District is a highly rated, public school district located in West Des Moines, IA. It has 9,357 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265

West Des Moines Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1340
58 responses
Average ACT
27
465 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
9,357
Free or Reduced Lunch
34.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,175
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$139,566,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,220/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    29%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$73,764
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$964
National
$949
Median Home Value
$203,300
National
$184,700

West Des Moines Community School District Reviews

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The school district is great! They have various activities that range from elementary to high school that keep the students engaged in their school community. Having teachers who go above and beyond also helps keep students motivated and wanting to learn. My experience here was fantastic and it really prepared me for college. I’m excited my younger siblings get to experience school the way I did in the West Des Moines School District. Although having a snow day wvery once in a while wouldn’t hurt.
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Being a student who has grown up going through the West Des Moines Public School system, I can proudly say that I attend some of the best schools in the State of Iowa. Staff and faculty members genuinely care about the well-being of their students and want to see them succeed!
Teachers are willing to work with students. It's a one to one school so every student gets a laptop (starting at 3rd grade). Sports, clubs, and other activities are encouraged throughout the school district. Also, the district is changing grading policy and adding new AP/advanced classes next year. Parking spaces for students at the highschool level are limited. There's a separate building for freshman. Valley high school also offers numerous classes for DMACC/college credit.