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Merrill Middle School

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3 stars

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2011:
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Posted May 23, 2014

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


Posted October 29, 2011

I loved this school while i attended it. It is wonderful and have no complaints. wonderful teachers.


Posted May 5, 2011

As an 8th grader @ Merrill, I am sooo tired of this school. It is an average school. The only freedom is when you go to Central Academy so make sure you study hard as a 6th and 7th grader. We have some really bad teachers here and some good teachers too.


Posted April 3, 2010

Political correctness has gone mad at this school. If you have no problem with Huey p. Newton being idolized on a poster youll love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

I love being at Merrill but I hate the safety and study skills of the people there. The School just doesnt have that many good teachers and staff
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2010

I like Merrill, it's not perfect but that's part of why I like it.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%
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 Students67%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities7%
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

Math

All Students76%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities12%
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

Math

All Students71%
African American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracial43%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial64%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities19%
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 65% 81%
Black 15% 5%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 41%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
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
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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5301 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 242-8448

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