A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Roosevelt High School is a highly rated, public school located in Des Moines, IA. It has 1,827 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
4419 Center St
Des Moines, IA 50312
Telephone
(515) 242-7272

Roosevelt High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1340
35 responses
Average ACT
27
209 responses
AP Enrollment
28%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • Senior party at the school after graduation
    25%
  • Football/Basketball games
    18%
  • Pep Assembly
    14%
  • Sharks Pageant
    11%
  • School Plays
    10%
  • Musicals
    7%
  • I don't like traditions
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,827
Free or Reduced Lunch
51%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.6%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,091/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
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When I walk into school in the morning, there are lots of students who are ready to start their day. The staff work incredibly hard to make education interesting and inclusive for all students who attend. There is immense pride of how diverse our high school is. The principal, Kevin Biggs, has been on the news several times for his positive speeches through the intercom and phone calls to parents assuring families and students that whatever may be happening in the world with politics or hate that we will always be welcome within the walls of Roosevelt. Go Roughriders!
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Roosevelt is a great school. It's extremely warm and welcoming. Roosevelt has a very wide range of diversity, and it is a very open minded school. Roosevelt also has many activities and clubs it's great because it's very easy to find something you like and to get involved in!
Roosevelt High School is a fantastic environment for driven, aspiring students, more specifically young musicians. The school as a whole has a very refreshing vibe which makes any student feel welcome. This atmosphere is brought to light by the teachers, who make a conscious effort to encourage and build up others. I believe this is a main reason as to why the music program in particular thrives so much. Without the care and attention of peers and leaders, being accepted into music schools around the country wouldn't be possible. Countless alumni have proved that this success is in fact attainable.