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Weeks Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 675 students

 

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Posted September 24, 2013

I went to Weeks for all 3 years of middle school. I hated it, and because I wanted to kill myself. I was bullied terribly, and the counselors at the time told me to ignore it. Kids there threw threats at me and nothing was done to them for threatening me. It got to the point I was afraid to go to school, which I was suspended and punished for. I don't recommend this school.


Posted March 7, 2010

My daughter attended weeks during the 2006-7 school year. She was challenged, and given the opportunity to get into the advanced programming. She is now a junior, and able to graduate early. I find that Weeks is a part of her success of being a good student (along with her awesome parents of course). I now have a son who is in the Weeks district, but being enrolled into McCombs. I am fighting to put my child into Weeks so that he can be given the same opportunities, learn from fantastic teachers, and educated programming. I would recommend weeks to those who are actively involved in their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

my student came here at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, she use to be a great a-b nd ocasionally a c student throughout the year her grades have dropped mostly because of the princibles, teachers, and sometimes students.. i wouldn't recremend this school right away...
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Posted September 30, 2008

My student transfeed here from another school. This school is run more like a juvenile detention center. They do not listen before they hand down punishments, and ask students to tell on others to have their punishment decreased... you pull up to drop of child off and it is so segregated it is scary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

My son transitioned to Weeks after the Downtown School in Des Moines. We are pleased with the academic level of the teaching and his rapidly improved test scores in the 6th grade. While the neighborhood is clearly lower income, we do live here and like the area and the school. My son knows there are rough kids, but found the risk of bullies is comparable to that in his previous school of 'upper class' kids. I have found the team of principals to be excellent and engaged with our child; I find the building clean and modern; and the advisors support our child's progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

this school is horrible, theres drugdealing, bullys picking on nerds and people set things on fire i would have to say that you should stay awayfrom here
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Posted April 7, 2007

I think Weeks is an excellent school. When we moved in the district, my child was shy and timid. The teachers helped her in her transition by adapting classroom activities to giver her more opportunities to meet people and make new friends. Since my child began attending Weeks, she has been challenged more academically. She has also enjoyed participating in clubs and athletics as well. One thing that could have made her experience better is if they had a 'mock trial' team to participate in events against other schools. She wants to become a lawyer and mock trial really helps in her motivation. Other than that, I am very pleased with Weeks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

I wish the school had a more optimistic attitude. They seem to have given up on the influence they could have in changing the course in a childs life.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
38%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
38%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
39%
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 Students59%
African American54%
Asian65%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners44%

Reading

All Students50%
African American32%
Asian48%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learners28%
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 Students59%
African American35%
Asian67%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial61%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learners52%

Reading

All Students42%
African American15%
Asian40%
Hispanic32%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities11%
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 Students63%
African American41%
Asian77%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners38%

Reading

All Students39%
African American35%
Asian42%
Hispanic23%
Multiracial30%
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities7%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 33% 9%
White 33% 81%
Black 14% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 2%
Two or more races 8% 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 82%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
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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901 East Park Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 242-8449

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