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Roosevelt High School

Public | 9-12 | 1659 students

 

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Posted October 8, 2013

When asked which high school I attend, I'm always proud to say I go to TRHS. Teachers will go to the moon and back if you find yourself struggling. Something that stands out is that some of our teachers have Twitter and Facebook accounts, where they post their daily agendas and where you can ask them questions if you need to outside of class. E-mail is not always checked outside of school hours. We have a great sense of school spirit, best in the state I'd like to think. The student body is generally tame, nothing awful. Overall amazing and talented students, teachers, and administration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2012

Roosevelt is the best high school choice within the DMPS school district. The teachers genuinely care and are more than willing to stay after school to help with homework or answer parent or student questions. As long as the student wants to learn, the teacher is willing to help. Extracurricular activities are also strong at RHS; the debate and wrestling programs are nationally ranked, the fine arts programs are well-supported, and even though RHS may not be #1 in sports in the state, Roosevelt's school spirit is unrivaled. Roosevelt is also unique in that the school's demographics are highly diverse and the students are friendly and welcoming. Student groups intermingle and set cliques are hard to find. Although Roosevelt's courses are not rigorous, high-achieving students have the option to attend Central Academy which offers extremely rigorous IB and AP courses in nearly every subject. Students can attend Central Academy for all or part of the school day, are offered free transportation, and are not charged extra to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 15, 2011

Roosevelt is the best high school in the snow district. The fine arts program is amazing. The teachers there really encouraged me. The ones who don't want to learn or just get by will not do well here. If a student wants to learn this is the best school to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2010

The amazing arts programs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

this is by far the best school in the district!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2010

I feel the education my daughter received at this school was far below par, she received all 'A's and yet, I don't believe she was ready for her college. All of the disruptions to class, she claims were almost daily. The principal was very sweet, but could not control the unruly children who went there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

The behavior of the students here is not very good. Many students don't care about the rules, and do whatever they wish. I don't feel safe at this school, because I don't know what will happen to me. The teachers and staff should discipline the students here more, and make sure they follow the rules. Students should also take their education more seriously. If not, I am sure many students will want to get away from this school and go to ones in the suburbs, or somewhere that isn't so badly behaved, as far a students go.


Posted October 18, 2007

I would say that out of the 5 high schools in Des Moines, Roosevelt and Lincoln are on top in terms of Education, Staff and Administration, students, and also Athletics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

Roosevelt is on the decline. The behavioral standards have dropped over the last six years. Students have lost respect for the administration. Too many violent incidents have taken place. The students feel free to break the minor rules because they are not held accountable. This has created an atmosphere where more serious offenses have taken place. If discipline is not emphasized more parents will move to the suburbs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

Staff at Roosevelt is very concerned with student safety. Students are almost always out of control -- very little discipline. Still a very fun school to go to. Very high Graduation rate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2004

As an alumni, I believe that TRHS provided me with an outstanding education, even compared to that of my classmates at a competitive East Coast school. The opportunities available at TRHS are plentiful, challenging yet nurturing. The extensive diversity provides a cosmopolitan learning atmosphere, where discussion is encouraged in and out of the classroom. Extracurriculars are strong and almost expected of students. College reps have told me that they enjoy visiting TRHS more than any high school in the state of Iowa because its students are more worldly and prepared for life beyond the walls of the school. I loved my days at TRHS, and look forward to supporting the school's efforts to provide high quality education to all of its students - no matter how different they may be.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 27, 2003

This is the highest academic rated high school in Iowa. There is a place for all students in the Des Moines District. Diversity of people and programs provides for an expansive education for students. Most importantly the teachers and administrators at Roosevelt work night and day to ensure success for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%
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 Students72%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial76%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracial76%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities41%
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
White 58% 81%
Black 22% 5%
Hispanic 10% 9%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 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 45%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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

Staff resources available to students
  • 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
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4419 Center St
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 242-7272

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