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Valley High School
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  • Public
  • WEST DES MOINES, IA

Report Card

grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A minus
  2. Diversity
    grade A minus
  3. Teachers
    grade A
  4. College Prep
    grade A minus
  5. Clubs & Activities
    grade A
  6. Administration
    grade B+
  7. Sports
    grade A
  8. Food
    grade B
  9. Resources & Facilities
    grade B+

About

3650 WOODLAND AVE
WEST DES MOINES, IA 50266

Enrolling

Grades
10-12
Students
2,058
From Valley High School

Valley High School (VHS) is located in West Des Moines, a suburb of Des Moines with approximately 69,000 residents. VHS is a three-year comprehensive high school with approximately 2,100 students. It emphasizes the Four A’s of education: Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics. The four A’s system is designed to give students a wide range of experiences and knowledge while in high school. Valley strives to provide students with a high-quality education that includes exciting and unique opportunities and challenges that will stretch their minds and abilities. A Parent-Teacher Organization and active athletic, music, debate, theater, and drama booster clubs support our students.

David Maxwell

Principal

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Valley High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
71%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1370
69 responses
Average ACT
27
662 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

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Living in the Area

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Cost of Living
    grade B
  2. Good for Families
    grade A
  3. Housing
    grade A minus
Median Household Income
$82,345
National
$75,149
Median Rent
$1,153
National
$1,268
Median Home Value
$266,700
National
$281,900

Culture & Safety

Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 38 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 112 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
    9%

Students

Diversity
grade A minus
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,058
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 43 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 43 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,450
Teachers in First/Second Year
18%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 59 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 60 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
grade 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. 68 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 68 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 68 responses

Valley High School Reviews

Rating 3.86 out of 5  472 reviews
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