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Perkins Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 436 students

 

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Posted January 31, 2014

This school doesn't contact parents when they are put into different classes, you have to approach the teacher to get any information about your child. They don't send anything specific home about your child. The principal isn't present much, they are suppose to be a high quality school and my daughter is back tracking with everything she learned prior to going to this school and even writing numbers backwards that she wrote fine before. They also lump my daughter in with English language learners. She is 1 of 2 African American kids in the class and they both get put in with ELL students because of there color not there knowledge level. This is the worst school for children. I continue to talk to the teacher about why she is in these types of classes and I get the answer of well that is just what classes they need, she didn't need it prior to going to your school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2007

At first I thought most of Des Moines Schools did not challenge kids enough but then when I transferred to Perkins everything changed. They have magnificent teachers,they have fun out of school activities, and they give students a chance to challenge there self. I am really good at math and at Perkins they put my brain to work instead of teaching me things I already knew. But what really astonished me at this school was their gym teacher,Mr.Randell,he was awesome he always kept the kids active and was strict so kids did not run off doing whatever they wanted. I always looked forward to gym days!! I just want to say Perkins truly changed my life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2006

I was skeptical of the Des Moines school district because of prior experience, but have found Perkins Academy to be a bright spot where there is an active PTA and a fairly close community of teachers. It seems plain, but beyond the culture of the educational environment, the two most important factors is the relationship that develops between your child and their teacher and the level of effectiveness the teacher is able to reach in leading the students in their class. This has been pretty decent for the 3 years that I've had children open-enrolled into Perkins.
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Posted December 15, 2005

So far, my experience with this school is *not* wonderful. The teachers are not particularly open-minded to change and the principal seems to keep herself removed - other than as an administrator. There is a lot of talk - but little action.
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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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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 78% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%
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 Students80%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners67%

Reading

All Students80%
African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged71%
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 Students87%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners63%

Reading

All Students79%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners63%
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 Students77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners38%

Reading

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners62%
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 50% 81%
Hispanic 23% 9%
Black 15% 5%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 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 58%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone: (515) 242-8430

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