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Harding Middle School

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Posted December 25, 2013

Harding is the best school I have worked at. I have never encountered a staff so committed to the success of its students in all aspects, whether it be academically, emotionally, or socially as a member of the larger community. In particular, through the use of RTI (Response to Intervention), Academic Advisory (large group re-teaching), and support staff, the resources and support for struggling students are enormous. The emphasis of giving back to the community and being a role model through Wolf Pack, 7th Grade Mentors, RUN DSM, etc. The school is also working to become a Pre A.P. school. Although the school still has far to go as a recovering SINA school, the growth it has made in just a few short years has been phenomenal. I am excited to see how the school evolves in the coming years.


Posted December 12, 2010

This school is improving by the day! The staff and students are choosing their attitudes each and every day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2008

I am totally happy with Harding Middle School. My son is thriving as an 8th grader and any questions/concerns I have had have been answered and dealt with very satifactorally Lisa Walker, parent of studen
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

Harding is a friendly school. The teachers help the students so much to get thier grades up. The teachers help students personally if they have a problem with homw work.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
33%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
36%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
34%
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 Students37%
African American24%
Asian67%
Hispanic19%
Multiracial54%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners28%

Reading

All Students41%
African American42%
Asian29%
Hispanic32%
Multiracial54%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners19%
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 Students56%
African American31%
Asian53%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners33%

Reading

All Students45%
African American32%
Asian47%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners17%
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 Students70%
African American56%
Asian78%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial64%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learners36%

Reading

All Students46%
African American46%
Asian33%
Hispanic27%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners0%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 32% 81%
Hispanic 28% 9%
Black 22% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 2%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

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  • After school

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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203 East Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: (515) 242-8445

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