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Van Meter Junior-Senior High School

Public | 6-12 | 316 students

 
 

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Posted January 8, 2013

Van Meter is a growing district with more than 100 open enrolled students because of the technology and engaged instructors. We moved our family there from a very large district - our 7th grader with a school issued Mac Book can make powerpoints on any topic and Skype with students in Hong Kong about the material. The teachers keep us constantly updated on student progress and work assignments through a computerized Active Grade system, which we love. Best decision we ever made for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

This school lacks diversity, the whole student population, parents, and most importantly and shamefully - the staff - are all involved in the town clique rather than educating and celebrating education and diversity. Outsiders are not welcomed. When bullying happens at this school, and it does frequently, even physical attacks are not handled as according the student handbook and board policy. I would not recommend sending your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

Ok you guys are nuts! you say there is no diversity like its a horrible thing on our part, like we have a choice in the matter. We do not have a never diverse student selection compared to des moines school who have every race attend there school. That isn't our fault. I love van meter schooling for the most part i love all the teachers they make it personal they actually listen when you talk(most anyway) but hey no school is perfect. I have also gone to des moines school and they don't care at all about there students they let the students barely pass just so they can get the kids who don't understand out of their hair. Its insane. Van meter is a small town and small school, the one thing i wish was diffrent is we had more things to do in this town.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2008

This school is horrible. There is no diversity and their teaching methods are completely pointless. Do not send your child to this school unless you grew up in Van Meter.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2007

It's true that there are not a lot of diverse activities, but the performing arts programs are improving. Also, for those students needing more academic challenges, the school will enroll the student in a local community college class or ICN class at no cost to the parents. Parents are highly involved, and that is a real benefit. Also, the small school size ensures that students can be in as many activities as they want.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

Van Meter High school is extremely small and not very diverse. We have virtually no extracurriculars, but don't worry, we have loads of sports for all of you jocks out there. Most of van meter is highly involved in sports, and the parents for the most part are highly involved in their children's activities. They offer football, basketball, soccer (through Adel), softball, baseball, volleyball, however you will not find swimming, tennis, nor more diverse gym classes. Overall, it is a great community for younger students, however, being orginally from Des Moines, I am dissapointed. But if you are looking for a small community to raise your children in, we are currently growing and expanding.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

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 77% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%
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 81% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%
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 Students85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

Math

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

Math

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

Math

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 96% 81%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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520 1st Ave
Van Meter, IA 50261
Phone: (515) 996-2221

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