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Callanan Middle School

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Posted February 3, 2010

As a parent of an eight grader, I am very disappointed with my daughter's education in 8th grade. As a 7th grader she received inspiring and dedicated instruction from a knowledgable, competent group of teachers. My daughter came home from school interested and excited in what she was learning. As an eight grader, I am concerned that her science teacher is not literate and conducts himself inappropriately. Her other teachers are not much better. The 7th grade teachers were much more involved in my daughter's learning, sending home progress reports, communicating with me as a parent, and encouraging my involvement in my daughter's education. I have severe reservations about sending my younger son here after seeing what happens in eight grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Callanan is an excellent school with a dedicated, knowledgable, and inspiring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

i love this school! i am a 6th grader here, and i just love it! the teachers are great, the people are awesome, and the courses are challenging in a good way. Go Cougars!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2006

My family just moved to Des Moines last June and we a bit apprehensive about the schools because we came from the Iowa City, IA school district which is very strong. We have been much impressed by Callanan! The teachers are excellent and have high expectations for academic performance but also provide hep whenever students need it! Our daughter has always struggled with Math and this year she has absolutely blossomed in this area because of the excellent teachers at Callanan! There are some issues with students fighting and such, but no more so than any of the other schools in the area and the teachers and staff are very quick to squelch these types of behaviors and stress the three core principles of the school--respect, responsibility, and pride!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

Callanan is a wonderfully diverse school that places a high emphasis on academics. Our experience here is one that replicates 'real world' to the students - one that rewards hard work and deals with difficulties with the resources available. I strongly encourage prospective parents to visit the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
African American36%
Asian55%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners25%

Reading

All Students42%
African American19%
Asian64%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners13%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners23%

Reading

All Students57%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners23%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students48%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial25%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners18%

Reading

All Students46%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracial25%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners15%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 36% 5%
White 33% 81%
Hispanic 17% 9%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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3010 Center St
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 242-8101

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