North Polk High School

315 NE 141st Ave, Alleman, IA 50007
(515) 251-3400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 366 students 8 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) to test students in grade 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITED is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. Students who score at the 40th percentile are considered proficient. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

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.
  • This school in 2011
  • North Polk Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

North Polk High School is a public high school in Polk City. 366 students go to North Polk High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 13% of the 366 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at North Polk High School is 8:1. Ballard Community Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 95% 95%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian 0.8% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The HS music program has been declining over the past 6-8 years. The sound they produce is not music. The teacher is unable to provide individual lessons that encouraged or educated. Outside resources had to found for advancement in music. Advanced education opportunities are not available. Only 1-2 teachers have the education required to teach AP course work. Incentives have been put in place for teachers to reach this level of education few have attempted. Outside resources are needed to advance your education. Bullying yes it is alive and doing well. Conversations with teachers the Principle and the Superintendent left the issues unresolved and increased degrees of hatred shared in the halls of North Polk. The school taught my children to deal with it or leave. I shared my concerns with other parents and they described bullying stories but then requested that I not mention their names as they fear retaliation. Yes I congratulate those who made it through without being bullied. I wish more children could be a part of that 1% bully free.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a (excelling) student though North Polk is a happy and safe environment it is more geared for sports than anything else. ELP (extended learning program) is not very good at all the only teacher only working half days and our computers years old and barely alive. With the new high school and all I was really hoping we'd get a better program but that had not been the case... I do not feel the advanced learners can explore and grow as much as they could. I really hope North Polk steps up their game and maybe we could actually start to rival other schools... We certainly have the students to do it... Just not the tech and funding.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been going to north polk since kindergarten and I think it is a really great school... Teachers use their own time to help you understand the lesson and it's not just sports that north polk focuses on. We also have some really talented music teachers and the students really are focused and educated all because of the amazing staff. Not to mention the fact that for the many years I've attended northpolk I was never picked on in any way shape or form. Northpolk really is an amazing school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I'd also rate this school as a 0 out of 5 stars if I could. They don't try to do anything that could possibly be user friendly for a parent. There is so much technology and they are SO far behind. Most of the teachers seem to be horribly unorganized. I'm assuming it is because of the poor teacher to student ratio. If your child ever gets picked on instead of doing what a teacher or adult should do they tell your child to be a problem solver and deal with it themselves! Can't say enough bad things. Completely agree with the bond money issue and the fact that they only seem to care about sports.

  • (2 years ago)

    The North Polk School system is more devoted to sports than class sizes. All bond capacity is used up until at least 2018 and the leadership has no plan for the future growth especially at the lower class levels. 26 kids per class in 1st grade in Polk City a city which is growing rapidly. The board members either have no kids in the district or older kids and do not seem to care about the youngest classes. They spent every dollar of bonding capacity on a new high school with a good chunk going to athletic uses while classroom sizes go up and classroom space is used up. I hope they sleep well at night.

  • (3 years ago)

    North Polk Community school district has great teachers who dedicate their time to see their students reach their full potential. Being a student of 4-years I honestly can not say I would have rather attended any other school. The students sports-oriented or musically-inclined all intermingle to create a strong student body. I do not recall of any situation where administrators asked a student to leave because they were afraid of the test scores. Everyone is welcome here. It is and will remain an excellent school.

  • (3 years ago)

    If I could give them 0 stars I would. This school is HIGHLY sports-oriented and seems to forget that students are not all jocks. Children who are not jocks are bullied and nothing is done about it by administrators. If a child is in special education anything and everything is done to get them out of the district so it doesn't bring down test scores.

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