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Grandview Park Baptist School

Private | PK-12 | 290 students

Our school is known for excellent academics and competitive athletics.
 
 

 
 

Living in Des Moines

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $79,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $710.

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Posted September 14, 2012

Both of our sons are here at Grandview and are learning so much. It is very obvious that the teachers really care. If there is an area that our kids are struggling in we know about it so that we can help them. I love not having to worry about their enviroment knowing that the teachers and staff really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

We have been very happy with our experience at GVPB! We drive 37 miles one way to take our daughter there and feel like it is definitely worth the drive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

Our son is beginning his seventh year at GPBS and we could not be happier. The teachers, principal and staff truly love the children and it shows in their interactions with them. We are blessed to be able to send our son to GPBS where he does not have to worry about bullies and we do not have to worry about what he is going to be taught. Biblical truths are incorporated into every lesson and students consistently perform 2-3 years above grade level on standardized tests. They have wonderful sports and music programs as well. Go Defenders!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

Our Child has grown leaps and bounds since they have come to Grandview! The teachers are top notch and my son is 2 years ahead of kids his same age in public schools due to the teaching
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

Committed to academic excellence, obedience to God, memorization of scripture and service. Excellent school, Excellent staff! http://www.grandviewparkbaptistschool.org
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 1, 2012

My husband and I enrolled our grandson at GVPBS this year and couldn't be happier. Not only is he thriving in his Christianity and learning more about that daily...he is so much happier academically..and thriving head and shoulders beyond his progress from the public school system. The entire staff makes every aspect of attending a personal journey through education and faith. Our grandson is only in Kindergarten and the entire staff calls him by name. ..it's not due to orneriness either! We held our breath and said a prayer every day when he attended the public school system. It's nice to relax and know he is in the BEST school with the BEST teachers and administrators! Thank you GVPBS!


Posted March 2, 2010

My children attend this school and we love it. The teachers are so caring and treat our children with so much respect. We feel like we have found another family here. My kids routinely test much higher than grade level on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Also, the lessons that they learn regarding biblical truths are so valuable to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

My child is in his 9th year at GPBS- we have been greatly blessed! He is getting an excellant education and is spending his days with Christian teachers and peers. I think GP is Ia's best-kept secret. :D
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2004

My oldest child has been at Grandview Park Baptist since Kindergarten and he is now in 10th grade. Our twins are in 3rd grade and started Grandview in PreSchool. They have always been attentive to my children's needs and open to hearing my concerns. Since it is a college prep school the work is challenging for the children and at times a little difficult for my kids. However, teachers and staff are always willing to provide extra help.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 81%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Des Moines Public Schools
Southeast Polk Public Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 85% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 4% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Faith Baptist Bible College
Cedarville University
Des Moines Area Community Coll
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit Scholar (2012)
  • National Merit Scholar (2011)
  • Judge's Choice ITEC (2010)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Special Olympics of Iowa (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Teaching the Unchangeable Truth in Changing Times
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Des Moines Public Schools
Southeast Polk Public Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$1000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Faith Baptist Bible College
Cedarville University
Des Moines Area Community Coll
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 85%
Military - 1%
Vocational - 5%
Workforce - 4%
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1701 E 33rd St
Des Moines, IA 50317
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Phone: (515) 265-7579

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