Schools in Des Moines

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School Districts in Des Moines

District Type Grade Span Schools Students
Johnston Community School District UNIFIED PK-12 8 465
West Des Moines Community School District UNIFIED PK-12 14 701
Carlisle Community School District UNIFIED PK-12 4 144
Southeast Polk Community School District UNIFIED PK-12 11 486
Saydel Community School District UNIFIED PK-12 3 96
Des Moines Independent Community School District ELEMENTARY PK-12 67 2,517

Schools in Des Moines

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    9 Henry A Wallace Elementary School

    My kids enjoyed this year. The teachers are very nice and so is the principal. The facilities are good. I think they are weak in the area of language arts, especially grammar skills. This might...

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    9 Cowles Elementary School

    My son has attended Cowles since he was 4 and the teachers and staff care for each child. The instruction is amazing and they actively communicate with parents!

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    9 Jordan Creek Elementary School

    I can not say enough wonderful things about Jordan Creek! My children are getting the best education here and I have compared their curriculum with other nearby private and public schools. They foster...

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    8 Timber Ridge Elementary School

    Timber Ridge is a wonderful school with excellent academic programming, staff, and students. We are fortunate to be able to send our daughter (and soon our son) to such a wonderful school.

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    8 Hartford Upper Elementary School

    It is unfortunate that the other person who wrote a review had such a negative mindset about this school. I have had five children go through the Carlisle system, and Hartford is my favorite of all...

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    8 Lawson Elementary School

    Our experience with this school was disheartening. We moved our child to an expensive private school and our child thrived. Now our kid's around smarter, more affluent kids and loving every second of...

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    7 Pleasant Hill Elementary School

    I currently have two kids at Pleasant Hill Elementary but I am a foster parent and have had a total of 3 kids attending in the past 3 years. This school made such a huge impact for these kids,...

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    7 Downtown School

    On January 7 I feel and broke my leg very badly. I live across the street from the Downtown School. I was bed ridden for 6 weeks and I would have to go up and down four flights of stairs to take my...

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    6 Clay Elementary School

    The leadership and staff are top-notched and seem to care about the student and really try to understand the student and family. The leadership truly is outstanding. This should be the benchmark shool...

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    6 Carlisle Elementary School

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    9 Summit Middle School

    this school is awesome if you fit in. If you have a learning disability or special needs be prepared for a long battle. Bullying is out of control and the schools thinks it doent have a problem

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    9 Johnston Middle School

    This school district lacks greatly in the ability to help kids with special needs or leaning disablilities. We have fought the schools for 8 years and was told what we wanted to hear but they did...

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    9 Cowles Elementary School

    My son has attended Cowles since he was 4 and the teachers and staff care for each child. The instruction is amazing and they actively communicate with parents!

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    8 Stilwell Junior High School

    We moved into the district in June of 2013 with our four children. Two of our children (straight A students who have scored in the 90% on the Iowa Assessment) attend Stilwell Junior High School. Let...

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    7 Carlisle Middle School

    Certain teachers bully and demean the children. When brought to the attention of the principal, names of children were given to teachers in question. Teachers retaliate against children in response....

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    6 Spring Creek - 6th Grade

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    6 Merrill Middle School

    This school needs help. It is so bad I have chosen to open enroll my kids out of the district

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    4 Southeast Polk Junior High School

    15 suicides in 12 years due to school bullying, according to local TV station KCCI. Last one was April 2015 and then prior to that, 2014. LBGTQ kids are particularly targeted.

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    3 Woodside Middle School

    i love my school it is awesome the teachers a great and so r the priciples

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    2 Brody Middle School

    Brody provides a quality educational experience for all of its students. The teachers are innovative, and really care about their students. As a parent, I have seen absolutely NO issues with bullying,...

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    9 Johnston Senior High School

    I haven't had any negative interactions at the school, my teachers and classes are good, I don't see any problems

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    7 Valley High School

    This is just a response to everyone that complains about Valley being a stuck up school. Yes, it's a wealthy suburb. Yes, they're proud of their sports teams. But that doesnt make it any different...

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    5 Carlisle High School

    Graduated from Carlisle in 2010. Awesome school. Very helpful staff and teachers. I recommend this school for anyone.

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    4 Roosevelt High School

    Roosevelt has excellent teachers that continuously push rigor. The administration is open and friendly, and students are clearly supportive of one another.

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    4 Southeast Polk High School

    The teachers don't care about you and you are just a number not a person

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    1 Hoover High School

    Two of my children attended Hoover High School. We moved to Des Moines in 1994 without knowing the area. I wish we would have had the opportunity to read posts on a site like this at that time. We...

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    1 Lincoln High School

    all high schools in des moines have a greatschool rating of 1 im not sure what the problem is but its not parenting. Its not Iowa as looking on line or here its not hard to find schools in large and...

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    1 East High School

    East High is the best school here in Iowa. Well to me of course. I am not in any extra curricular activities but they do have a lot. The school spirit is amazing and you could feel how proud we are to...

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    1 Saydel High School

    I agree that this is a well kept secret in Des Moines. Perfect size of school where most extracurricular activities are offered and everyone gets to participate. Class sizes average around 100. Safe...

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    1 North High School

    I was not a student at NHS .... My husband graduated here. We are attending the 1972 reunion this month.

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