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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Valley High School is a highly rated, public school located in West Des Moines, IA. It has 1,984 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.

Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
84%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1360
54 responses
Average ACT
27
450 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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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

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 102 responses
Report
  • Football games
    22%
  • Anything in the drama or art deoartments
    16%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Dances
    11%
  • Music Concerts
    10%
  • After Prom
    10%
  • The club fair at the start of the year
    9%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,984
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,175
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.55 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,220/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.64 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.64 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.64 responses
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Valley High School Reviews

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Valley High School is an excellent school that I am proud to attend. It has lots of sports and clubs to participate in. The teachers are friendly and the school is overall welcoming. It is very diverse and the school puts forth a great effort to make sure that all students feel accepted and excited to learn. In terms of classes, there are hundreds to choose from that are also worth college credit! I enjoyed taking Drawing and Painting applications and recommend it to all students at Valley. If I could change something about my school, it would be to make the lunches have more variety and healthier. Most, if not all the lunches are pre-packaged or frozen meals. I would change the lunches so more foods were made from scratch, and there were more vegan/ vegetarian options.
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From my first day walking through the doors of Valley High School, I felt valued and safe. Valley has an environment of supportive teachers and staff who are trained to help us succeed. Whether it's social, emotional, academic support, they work to prepare us for post secondary success!
Valley High School is an exceptional school with fantastic teachers and people in leadership positions. Valley prepared my very well for college because of the expectations from each teacher. I felt like the teachers wanted to see me succeed and would do just about anything to make sure that could happen for me. The students, and my peers, were easy to connect with and create friendships. I leaned a lot by the diversity among the student and staff population which also helped to prepare me for the 'real world'. While Valley has many activities, clubs, and sports for students to join, I think they could always work harder to grow their list of clubs and ways to involve students.