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Moulton Elementary School

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Posted April 9, 2012

My sons go to Moulton now, but hopefully will be changing. They have had superb teachers in kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grades. They have been very lucky! Overall the school has had academic issues for years. The principle now is trying to change all of that but I'm not convinced that it is soon enough for my sons. I stand by the teachers that have taught my sons, but they are very good, very good boys behavior and academically, but there are too many kids that don't have parental supervision and are not involved with their children's education. Therefore, we have had some huge difficulty with safety lately. The principle and teachers are doing EVERYTHING that they can to curb this, but the parents are just not available to oversee their children's lives at this school. My son's go to the church across the street for the after school program and this has been a positive experience regarding the leaders of this program!!!!!!! BUT, there still are too many kids that do not have morals and values instilled in them. Therefore, like at the school the teachers and leaders HAVE to spend way too much of their time correcting instead of educating. My opinion only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

The school is across the street from my church and children come in to the church building everyday of the week for a before school breakfast program and after school Haven programing. I eat supper with these children every evening before I go to work at UPS. It is a joy to see these children and learn from them. This school is in the most diverse neighborhood in the city of Des Moines. New immigrants come to Des Moines everyday through this neighborhood. this school deserves the very best to serve the population and its children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Great atmosphere, embraces the community as well as the students, inspires excellence in academics/arts/fitness/literacy


Posted April 28, 2010

This school is in the middle of a neighborhood that is extremely diverse, has many historic homes that are slowly but surely being restored, has probably the lowest per capita income in Des Moines but has the spirit of a giant. This school doesn't know the word 'can't' they do everything humanly possible to help the children and the parents succeed.


Posted April 26, 2010

I love Moulton because that building and it's teachers provided my daughter and I with opportunities that we wouldn't have had in other schools. It's extended calendar, bonus days for additional learning, and caring teachers and administration all combined to give her a well-rounded education; and me a place to get recertified to teach amongst a staff that truly does know the meaning to teaching with heart. I say over and over again that building on the corner of Eighth and College streets is the best kept secret in Des Moines.


Posted April 26, 2010

The hard work it is doing in a difficult area make it a five start school. It's easy to see how dedicated and fantastic both the students and volunteers around the school are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The children are creative and courageous while facing many difficulties in their daily lives. The teachers care and go the extra mile. They have after school programs that are supportive, inspiring, and teach values for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love the diversity within the school, and the unique programming
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The kids and staff are gifted and great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The teachers and the whole staff really take every child as a precious individual and work with them to realize the potential for being a member of the world community. The school has links with all kinds of community groups and children are able to meet and explore all kinds of possibilities.


Posted April 24, 2010

Moulton is a year round school serving children in the inner city of Des Moines. They have dedicated teachers who go out of their way to work with the children the majority of whom come from African American and Hispanic familes. They work tirelessly to help the children improve their basic skills. They also work to provide extra activities for the children. For example, I work as a volunteer in the classroom of teacher Carolyn Walker. Each year she and the children raise money so that they can go to an outdoor education camp for 3 days and 2 nights at the end of the school year. For some of the childrens it is the first time they have gone, hiking, canoeing, hid in the praire grass, studied the stars, etc. This is a marvelous school educating children who are on the lowest end of the economic scale..


Posted April 24, 2010

The teacher are the best. My three sons all graduated from 5th Grade there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Moulton Is a great plaace to learn unfortunatly I moved from moulton 1 year ago and now go to creston middle school
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 77% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%
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 78% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%
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 78% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%
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 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
45%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
40%
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 Students54%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners60%

Reading

All Students62%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners60%
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 Students65%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students57%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students65%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students53%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students74%
African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students65%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students43%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students50%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 46% 5%
Hispanic 27% 9%
White 14% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 2%
Two or more races 6% 3%
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 99%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Basketball
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  • Basketball

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1541 8th St
Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: (515) 242-8427

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