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McCombs Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 626 students

 

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Posted February 24, 2012

I have not problems with the teachers at McCombs, what I am having an issue with is the fact that I am paying taxes for 1 assistant to follow 1 student around school to ensure she does not bully other students. It is disappointing that McCombs does not take futher action against bullies when they are reported by several students. It is time to remove my child and open enroll elsewhere. Thank you Des Moines Public Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

this school is not good at all!! they are laying off drama, music, and computers which were the best classes in my opinion. The school desperatly needs money, the ceiling walls look like they were made out of card board and the whole school cares way to much about race. I'll recomend a differnt school. They're a lot of gands and vilonce there too, fights everyday.


Posted August 1, 2009

as a student at McCombs, I think it really needs to step up in letting kids have fun in a good way. plus, the classrooms are awful. their small and they have either fake walls or cabinets for walls.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2009

McCombs used to be an awesome school Fond memories, fair practices and in control. In the last few (probably 2-3 years) the school has drastically changed. The staff turnover is high, and their patience is low. If you can't tolerate teenagers, don't work in a middle school. This school has become more of a juvenile detention center instead of a learning environment. I am only hoping that my last son does not leave this school less educated than when he entered 3 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

It's an ok school. but the kids are annoying cause they don't care where they end up. And kids trying to learn have a hard time learning cause there is so many interuptions. Teachers do work hard though to help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

I had three kids go through this school in the past six years. The school is horrible. It is hard to tell from these reviews because you have to filter through biased information, but ask for statistics on the disiplinary problems in the school. The kids are allowed to behave horribly with little recourse. The teachers are average at best and class control is not their strength. The principal is a very nice pushover who would rather give excuses than fix problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2008

McCombs is a great school. I think the school has some issues, but what school doesn't. If it isn't one thing it's another. Teachers are dedicated to helping all students be successful.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 23, 2006

I a teacher at this school and the school is worse than I could have ever imagined a school in Des Moines, Iowa could possibly be. The problems start at the top. For the sake of your children, steer clear unless some serious changes take place.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 13, 2005

McCombs is a wonderful school! The teachers there are so understanding and can help with anything you need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2005

McCombs is the worst school ever(not including texas schools.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
51%
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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

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

All Students68%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learners35%

Reading

All Students52%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners10%
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 Students69%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners57%

Reading

All Students52%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities14%
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 Students58%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students43%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial47%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learnersn/a
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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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
White 57% 81%
Hispanic 22% 9%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
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Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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  • Football
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

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  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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201 SW County Line Rd
Des Moines, IA 50320
Phone: (515) 242-8447

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