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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Roosevelt High School is an above average, public school located in Des Moines, IA. It has 2,014 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.

Roosevelt High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
66%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1310
49 responses
Average ACT
27
349 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$40,199
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$719
National
$949
Median Home Value
$121,773
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 77 responses
  • Senior party at the school after graduation
    26%
  • Football/Basketball games
    18%
  • Pep Assembly
    13%
  • School Plays
    10%
  • Sharks Pageant
    10%
  • Musicals
    8%
  • 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
2,014
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,070
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.1%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,991/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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My overall experience at Roosevelt has been good! I'd say that the best part of my experience was being apart of Best Buddies, Sharks Synchronized Swimming Club, and going to the football games. I wish that the school prepared me for college more. At Roosevelt attendance didn't really matter, there were always second opportunities, and homework couldn't be graded. I had to prepare myself for college by having detailed conversations with my counselor. Sadly, the academics weren't a great part of my experience but all the teachers did try their best and genuinely cared about their students.
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I like that there are places and people who are accepting of everyone, the downside to that is that, sometimes, they are hard to find. Another downside is that in recent events, many boys have been exposed for s*xually a*sulting various girls at my school. Overall, if you find the right group to be with (like at any other school) your own personal experience will be pretty good!
Compared to the Catholic school system, where I was previously enrolled and drew all prior conceptions and experiences from, the sense of community and welcoming attitude was tremendously appreciated. Because of the diverse population, everyone is extremely kind and understanding and the community is one of richness and has a strong foundation in people of all different backgrounds supporting one another. The support I feel from Roosevelt High School's community is unbelievable. However, that being said, I think substantial measures can still be taken to ensure the happiness and safety of the students there. More funding needs to be put into the classrooms to provide the best equipment and environment to learn. Also, with such a diverse student body, there were times when safety was questionable, so regulating the visitors better would be greatly beneficial.