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Urbandale Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 870 students

 
 

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Posted August 30, 2014

Urbandale Middle School is awesome!! The teachers and staff are professional and friendly, and they truly care about making a difference in the lives of the students! The principal and associate principal are working towards making this one of the best middle schools in IA, and did I mention that the Special Education program is amazing?! All of the staff care very deeply about the emotional well-being and education of this generation, and they can only keep getting better!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

Almost out of it and I say that this is a great school. Mr. Meyers is an excellent principal and language arts and social studies really aren't going to cure cancer or get us to Mars, so I'm not sure what people are talking about there.


Posted July 31, 2009

i go to this school and it's great
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2008

What a tremendous let down this school is. It is like a refugee camp. Mr. Meyers got principal of the year. I hope that is not really Iowa's best. My child is learning disabled. Teachers and Administration make excuses and have been caught in lies several times. If you like the one room school house environment, then this school is for you. Can't they even afford walls in between 2 classrooms? Fights, drugs, and intimidation are the common themes for this school. If you are a supportive parent, then don't come here. If you are a mindless robot who will never question anything the school does or says, then this school is perfect for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2004

I'm not a parent, but a 2003 graduate who attended Urbandale Middle School during Myers and Casebolt's first two years working there. To me, those two were the only problem with the school. The programs were excellent and creative and I never disliked any of my teachers. So with the exception of the two principals (and a few rich snobs here and there), Urbandale Middle School is a good place that has a lot to offer for almost all students, everything from simple math to lifelong mentors Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. Jamie W.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 19, 2004

I agree with the previous review. The school needs to get new leadership. The principal does not support students who excel in TAG.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2004

I enjoy attending Urbandale Middle School. The only thing I dont like is the fact that there are no advanced language arts and social studies classes like there are advanced math and science classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2004

Urbandale Middle School is wonderful. My child is a talented African American student who has his creativity boosted by the school. Mr. Casebolt is a great guy and the kids trust and respect him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Mr. Meyers has created an environment for children to focus on learning. He has separated the grades so that there is no undue peer pressure, even in the hallways. My children enjoy interactions with him. It speaks volumes when the children WANT to talk to the principal. I have found that he will work with me when there is a problem, even if it means spotlighting somethings that needs changing in the current structure. Both children like going to this school... I have had to supplement the cirriculum, but that is from another committee in Urbandale. A committee which I have had to circumvent decisions continually and supplement my children's acedemics--throughout elementary and now middle school. Most teachers are willing to teach around this poor cirriculum, however if you get a new teacher or one new to the grade, be prepared to be involved alot more than normal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2003

This school is great and has a lot of potential. It would excel even more if they changed principals. Mr. Meyer is threatning towards the teachers and does not support the talanted and gifted program.


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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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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 77% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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

All Students80%
African American55%
Asian100%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learners48%

Reading

All Students71%
African American45%
Asian90%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learners32%
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 Students83%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learners48%

Reading

All Students78%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners41%
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 Students78%
African American53%
Asian100%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial57%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learners50%

Reading

All Students71%
African American33%
Asian100%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners38%
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 80% 81%
Black 7% 5%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 26%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7701 Aurora Ave
Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: (515) 457-6600

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