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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  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
    A-
Valley High School is a highly rated, public school located in West Des Moines, IA. It has 2,032 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 83% in reading.

Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
84%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1370
61 responses
Average ACT
27
539 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$74,787
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$988
National
$949
Median Home Value
$210,200
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
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 108 responses
  • Football games
    21%
  • Anything in the drama or art deoartments
    16%
  • Dances
    11%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • After Prom
    10%
  • Music Concerts
    9%
  • The club fair at the start of the year
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,032
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,450
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.58 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.59 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.59 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
$12,908/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.67 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.67 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.67 responses
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Valley High School has been nothing less than an excellent experience for both of my boys. My older son Has been home bound since his freshman year due to health issues and they have done an excellent job to help him stay on track academically. They have provided excellent counseling services and a teacher who comes to our home to Proctor exams. My younger son has been very active in athletics and extracurricular activities. Valley High School has a wide array of clubs and activities to allow students to get as involved as they would like! The school board system and all of the staff are absolutely amazing!
Parents get very involved to help support their kids activities and academics. Valley has a wide range of levels for academic classes including AP courses. Students have the opportunity of even achieving an associates degree by the time they graduate from high school. I cannot say enough about this High School! Highly recommend the school district!
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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.
Has lots of opportunities for extracurricular activities and school pride. People are proud of their school and sports games, band concerts, and fundraising events often have a good turn out.Students are friendly and counselors are helpful.Facilities are at top quality. The recent change in grading policy has left students very stressed and are seeing a fall in GPAs.The teachers are nice for the most part, but teachers take advantage of their students with excessive homework assignments, rigorous policies, and little opportunity for improvement even though school strives for it.Diversity of the school is lacking. Most of the students are wealthy white, or Asian kids with very little diversity in socioeconomic status and race.The few African-American and Hispanic students are often seen as inferior to others and are profiled a lot. The staff is not very racially diverse The lack of opportunity for kids with different social status makes kids from rough backgrounds at risk of failure.