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Des Moines Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 454 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 30, 2012

I've been at this school for 3 years now, and have 2 children currently attending grades between K and 4. Great improvement have recently happened at this school and parent involvement is at an all time high. Many after school clubs are being offered for the upcoming school year and the PTSA at this school works hard to improve the quality of education offered here. Some cons are the consistent lack of opportunity for gifted children. With that said, my child was in the gifted education program offered in the Highline School District at Parkside and after a year of participating in it, I chose to bring him back to Des Moines because of the quality community and teaching staff here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

I agree with the previous post, 'When it comes to addressing students individual needs many parents are faced with some barriers. Also, communication with parents is often unclear and disingenuous.' From my experience there are several programs for struggling or 'at risk' students at Des Moines but if you have a child who is outperforming and needs to be challenged, there are very few options available and you are very likely left to feel that there is nothing to be done. The principal comes off as a bully and, while I am lucky enough to have not experienced it, she regularly chases parents down who cross the street with their kids illegally and screams at them. I am sure her motives revolve around general safety but her actions come off as embarassing more than anything else and it certainly makes me less inclined to approach her as a concerned parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

Des Moines has an amazing teaching staff who show strong interest in creating a learning environment that is welcoming to both students and parents. Volunteers range from parents, high school seniors and local senior citizens. There is also a strong effort by the staff to assist students with special needs. My child was struggling academically in one subject and the teachers were quick to recommend interventions and testing that have helped improve my child's skills in this area. The administration has it's strengths and weakness's. A great effort is being made by the principal to provide strong academic programs to support all learners as a whole. When it comes to addressing students individual needs many parents are faced with some barriers. Also, communication with parents is often unclear and disingenuous. Overall the staff is amazing, dedicated, and focused.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2009

I had significant difficulties with the leadership of this school regarding my son's disabilities. Some staff were highly resistant to understanding the individual needs of students, while others worked very hard to do the right things. I couldn't wait to leave this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

We have been so pleased with this school. Although my son struggles with some slight disabilities, the attention and support they have provided him with has been exceptional! The principal is outstanding and the teaching staff is hard-working, smart and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

Warm, friendly, organized staff. Arts and Technology are obvious priorities here. High parent involvement, great teacher/student ratio in my daughter's class. The principal is a visible and friendly presence on the school grounds. We're thrilled!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2007

Very friendly staff;welcoming teachers. Most parents are involved in school activities. Some classes are a little overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

This is s great place to learn! The teachers are intelligent, supportive, and go the extra mile for children. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and are made to feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

The principal is the best! She is always available to any student or parent. Most of the teachers are very good as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2004

I've had really good luck and feedback from the teaching staff here. Leslie Perry is an excellent principal; very pro-active with each classrooms' goals, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students67%
Female64%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income58%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female85%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income71%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students61%
Female67%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income57%
Not low income65%
Special education22%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female78%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income65%
Not low income67%
Special education18%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female67%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income65%
Not low income53%
Special education17%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students70%
Female68%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income71%
Not low income69%
Special education9%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female71%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income72%
Not low income78%
Special education27%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female52%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income61%
Not low income58%
Special education18%
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students77%
Female81%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income61%
Not low income91%
Special education27%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income68%
Not low income81%
Special education36%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 63%
Hispanic 20% 18%
Two or more races 12% 5%
Asian 8% 7%
Black 6% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 136%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 212%N/A8%
Special education 214%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 50%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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22001 9th Ave South
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 433-2541

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