School Details

Callanan Middle School

3010 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8101
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 643 students 15 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

59%
61%
75%
58%
54%
70%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
53%
55%
72%
42%
49%
65%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
66%
80%
65%
61%
75%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
58%
63%
77%
57%
53%
68%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
63%
78%
62%
61%
76%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
48%
59%
73%
46%
48%
65%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Callanan Middle School is a public middle school in Des Moines. 643 children attend Callanan Middle School and identify mostly as Multiracial, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 73% of the 643 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Callanan Middle School is 15:1. Ruby Van Meter School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 36% 17%
White, non-Hispanic 33% 48%
Hispanic 17% 22%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 67%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    As a parent of an eight grader I am very disappointed with my daughter's education in 8th grade. As a 7th grader she received inspiring and dedicated instruction from a knowledgable competent group of teachers. My daughter came home from school interested and excited in what she was learning. As an eight grader I am concerned that her science teacher is not literate and conducts himself inappropriately. Her other teachers are not much better. The 7th grade teachers were much more involved in my daughter's learning sending home progress reports communicating with me as a parent and encouraging my involvement in my daughter's education. I have severe reservations about sending my younger son here after seeing what happens in eight grade.

  • (5 years ago)

    Callanan is an excellent school with a dedicated knowledgable and inspiring staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    i love this school! i am a 6th grader here and i just love it! the teachers are great the people are awesome and the courses are challenging in a good way. Go Cougars!

  • (9 years ago)

    My family just moved to Des Moines last June and we a bit apprehensive about the schools because we came from the Iowa City IA school district which is very strong. We have been much impressed by Callanan! The teachers are excellent and have high expectations for academic performance but also provide hep whenever students need it! Our daughter has always struggled with Math and this year she has absolutely blossomed in this area because of the excellent teachers at Callanan! There are some issues with students fighting and such but no more so than any of the other schools in the area and the teachers and staff are very quick to squelch these types of behaviors and stress the three core principles of the school--respect responsibility and pride!

  • (11 years ago)

    Callanan is a wonderfully diverse school that places a high emphasis on academics. Our experience here is one that replicates 'real world' to the students - one that rewards hard work and deals with difficulties with the resources available. I strongly encourage prospective parents to visit the school.

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