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Urbandale High School

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Posted September 7, 2013

Urbandale High School has been so welcoming for my sons and our family. This is a new school district for us and the move was much easier than we expected. Counselors and teachers are highly accessible, as is the superintendent (he even greeted us in person!). We home schooled our children up through 8th grade so it was important to us that we find a stable, caring environment for our kids' high school experience. I also like it that UHS works so closely with DMACC for college prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

They have a horrible problem with bullying at this school. Unless your child is involved in sports do not expect to fit in with their cliques.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

Urbandale does a poor job preparing students for the rigors of college lif . They seem more interested in externals such as show choir and band. The academics low in the list of the administrations list of priorities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Urbandale High School is an excellent example of the way a school should be run. The teachers are fun, caring, and they submit their time to make sure you understand and have a great learning experience. The principal is also so much fun to have around! He also maintains order and control within the school as a great leader. As a student who moved from Urbandale I appreciate the atmosphere and the fun learning environment that I experienced there. In all honesty the only other school I would consider in the Des Moines area would be Waukee.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2006

I went to this school and had two children that went here. It is wonderful. It is rated 8th in the state of Iowa. Iowa is rated 3rd in the nation. The quality, community feeling and size is way above average. I would recommend this school anyone.
—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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%
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 Students86%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learners30%

Reading

All Students87%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learners50%
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 82% 81%
Black 6% 5%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Two or more races 3% 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 20%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7111 Aurora Ave
Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: (515) 457-6800

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