A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Telephone
(515) 633-5000
Website

West Des Moines Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1340
31 responses
Average ACT
27
247 responses
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Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
9,519
Free or Reduced Lunch
32.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,370
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$139,566,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,264/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    4%

West Des Moines Community School District Reviews

22 reviews
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West Des Moines schools offer a large variety of diverse classes and opportunities for students. The school district is one of the largest in Iowa so offers things that may not be available in smaller school districts. The facilities at the High School are being updated consistently. Most recently, a new $4.8M Track and a beautiful Performing Arts Center were built along with improvements to the main school building and stadium. The staff is high quality and very willing to help make students successful. Most sports are no-cut so many have the opportunity to participate at some level. Overall, we specifically chose this school district when moving here and have been very happy with our childrens' experiences.
Review West Des Moines Community School District
I am currently a sophomore at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, and I have been in this district going on 11 years. I have had an absolutely amazing experience with West Des Moines. The teachers are amazing, always willing to go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals, and the students around you are the best of the best. The Valley class of 2017 sent students to top schools around the country, such as Stanford University, Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, Princeton University, and more. As for change, I wouldn't change one thing about this district- it's my home.
West Des Moines has a very large high school. My personal belief is that no graduating class should be over 300 students-- my sons class had over 700! Yes, they win state championships in all the sports, but their 4th string is another schools 1st string.