A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  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
3650 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Telephone
(515) 633-4000
Website

Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1340
33 responses
Average ACT
27
264 responses
AP Enrollment
15%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
53%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 90 responses
Report
  • Football games
    22%
  • Anything in the drama or art deoartments
    18%
  • Dances
    12%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • The club fair at the start of the year
    10%
  • Music Concerts
    10%
  • After Prom
    9%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,996
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.6%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.51 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.52 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.52 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$14,264/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.60 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.60 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.60 responses
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Valley is a good high school. It's a big school, which can be intimidating at first, but I enjoy the plentiful opportunities we have (How many other schools provide an Aerospace class or hold fencing clubs?) My only concern is that some Valley language arts classes (particularly literature courses) are very liberal and contain some inappropriate content.
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When I attended Valley High school some of my favorite memories was being apart of the cross country team, participating in the fashion shows, and my classes. I always felt comfortable and safe at Valley. I had teachers that I could talk to and the best of friends. I would go to this school again because my experience was so great there!
Valley has a really good arts department compared to many other schools in the area and probably one of the largest. There are really good facilities for the arts: two kilns, two computer labs, a common area for students to use outside of class; and amazing teachers who really encourage student success. We placed in all state speech competitions and have done well in show choir competitions. We also have a new 3 Million dollar performing arts center. outside of the arts there are also a good amount of electives in other areas like language and sciences. If there was any bullying it wasn't in the open and was usually responded to very quickly.