School Details

Monroe Elementary School

2250 30th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 242-8425
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 495 students 13 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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78%

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.
50%
64%
77%
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62%
76%

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 2011
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
69%
82%
43%
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82%

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.
47%
62%
78%
60%
62%
75%

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 2011
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
70%
80%
63%
68%
81%

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.
55%
63%
78%
41%
62%
75%

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 2011
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Monroe Elementary School is a public elementary school in Des Moines. 495 children attend Monroe Elementary School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander, Multiracial, and Asian. 89% of the 495 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Monroe Elementary School is 13:1. Perkins Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Multiracial 7% 6%
Asian 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 35% 17%
Hispanic 28% 22%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 48%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89% 67%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    My children at Monroe Elementary. I have had a positive relationship with alot of the staff. The faculty really care about the education of my children.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children in Monroe Elementary right now. I love the diversity as do they. I appreciate that the teachers work hard and all of the staff makes an effort to know my kids. There is a true commitment to quality there in so many ways. Great diversity there--for those who care about that. It's hard to find schools in Iowa more diverse--so many cultures in one building. It's hard to imagine how they juggle it all. My kids LOVE Monroe. My son is learning to play the cello in their orchestra--unavailable at most suburbian schools. DSM schools have more edge but a lovely commitment to other cultures and they care about kids and the arts!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have to admit that i was not impressed with my son's 1st grade year. I was even considering removing him from the school. I had issues with teachers yelling and kids that were not being supervised well at all on the playground. Also the fact that my son had two teachers added confusion to the school year. And being at work full time for the website not to be updated for the year was also frustrating.

  • (9 years ago)

    Monroe is a good school. the staff is very helpful and teachers don't mind going that extra mile to help keep you informed of small problems before they become large ones.And i love their motto i ask my child daily to repeat it so she knows what's expected of her daily in her manners and work as a student and person. keep up the good work Monroe.

  • (9 years ago)

    Monroe is top notch. The teachers know each and every student by name and truly care about them. Wilma Gajdel the principal is phenomenal and a caring and attentive administrator. Parent involvement is high as well and for all these reasons I give Monroe all A's.

  • (10 years ago)

    Monroe is an all around great school! The staff are great and the administration is very supportive of both parents and staff. They are part of a program called Positive Behavior Support they have a team that comes up with ideas to help keep the school environment as positive as possible. There is a great mix of kids and my daughter just loves going there!

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