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Stilwell Junior High School

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Posted March 4, 2014

We moved into the district in June of 2013 with our four children. Two of our children (straight A students who have scored in the 90% on the Iowa Assessment) attend Stilwell Junior High School. Let me preface my review by telling you that due to several job transfers this is our 5th school district and our second junior high/middle school. We've had our kids in private schools, public schools and one of the lost sought after pubiic charter schools in the country. Stilwell Junior High is an amazing institution, the administration (Tim Miller, Eric Boyle) is amazing! For a large district, they are getting it right. Our children do not have any special needs or deciplinary issues. They are leaders and are well-respected among their peers. I cannot speak to their special needs program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

Although I have dealt with this school for four years now.I was quite pleased for awhile..I now see and believe that the staff is driven by the numbers..no concern for the individual student. They will say one thing and do another. Rather then give consideration to help the student I feel there actions show concern for performance that is to make the school look better. No concern for the individual student..just the way their performance in attendance and test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

From the leadership to the teachers, Stilwell is amazing! I had heard great things about the school while my son was still in elementary, but our experience has surpassed all of our expectations. Mr. Miller is a brilliant principal and really takes the time to know the kids and families - even taking a Tiger Time (homeroom) class himself! By and large the teachers are caring and engaged. A great school spirit is nurtured by all. My son said he saw less bullying occur in middle school than in K-6. It was a no-nonsense building with a true zero tolerance attitude. Fabulous education and experience here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

This school is one of the best in the district. From administration to faculty, to enrichment programs and additional education resources for students, Stilwell puts kids first. The approach seems to be more about developing the foundational learning so that the students advance in a high school setting. So impressed with the quality of teaching and nurturing happening here. Our family has three children who attend or attened Stilwell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

We are on year 6 of 8 consecutive years at this school. The administration and faculty at this school are tops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Former Stilwell student here, and it is definitly a fantastic school. They really concentrate on preparing you for those high school and college exams, and further life challenges. 8th grade has several AP classes, and 7th grade has a AP class for math. The only thing that is bothersome is that 7th grade cannot participate in sports. But Stilwell dominates when it comes to sports. Recently, their girls track team placed first in the state for big school division, which hadn't been done in 30 some years. The West Des Moines school district has some lower class people who attend, but mostly their are very high class people. And the lower class still have like, iPods and whatnot, so I guess you can't really say that they are 'lower class.' Their teachers are excellent and dedicate themselves to help you learn more, and expand your knowledge. Its a great school overall!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2009

i love stilwell. the principal is great! you can go to him for anything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2004

Stilwell is the best school I have ever been to- and i've been to plenty. Students really get involved with the school here too- we have extracurricular activities for sports, music, drama, and educational activities. 7th graders take the four core classes plus Phys. Education and a music class. They also participate in the Exploritory Block, which is a 9 week class in Tech. Ed, Home Ec., Consumer Ed. and Art. 7th graders also participate in music, drama, and school services. 8th grade also includes the 4 core classes, plus several electives sch as art, home ec, tech ed, Communications Media, Drama, and Spanish or French. 8th graders also participate in sports, music, drama, and school services. Everyone can participate in intramural sports, like running club, volleyball, football, wrestling, and basketball. Stilwell is overall the best school in the district. I can't even begin to explain th quality of Stilwell.
—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 77% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%
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 Students90%
African American69%
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learners73%

Reading

All Students80%
African American54%
Asian79%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners36%
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 Students90%
African American50%
Asian92%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
African American80%
Asian92%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities19%
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 76% 81%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 24%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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West Des Moines, IA 50265
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