School Details

Samuelson Elementary School

3929 Belaire Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 242-8441
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 514 students 13 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

71%
64%
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65%
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 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. Students who score at the 40th percentile are considered proficient. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
68%
64%
77%
56%
62%
76%

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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
69%
82%
69%
70%
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 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. Students who score at the 40th percentile are considered proficient. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
62%
62%
78%
56%
62%
75%

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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
70%
80%
68%
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 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. Students who score at the 40th percentile are considered proficient. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
70%
63%
78%
58%
62%
75%

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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Samuelson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Des Moines. 514 children attend Samuelson Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 65% of the 514 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Samuelson Elementary School is 13:1. Monroe Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 22%
Multiracial 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 48%
Asian/Pacific Islander 25% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 17%
Asian 16% %
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 65% 67%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Great teachers and administration! We have been very impressed with the quality of all aspects of Samuelson.

  • (1 year ago)

    Samuelson has so many opportunities for my children. This year there was a wonderful after school program that my children loved! The diversity of the school is inspiring and I love that my children are around peers of all other cultural backgrounds.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child attends Samuelson Elementary and I could not disagree more with the comments below. I am always greeted by first name when I walk through the door and feel very welcomed. I think the diversity of the school is crucial for my children. I want them to be in an environment similar to real life. Staff communicates through various routes. They even have a messenger service that calls my phone about important things. I feel very comfortable dropping my children off every morning.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school with a kind and caring staff. They seem to really care about the kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school needs to be completely restructured! Children are falling through the cracks! We removed our child from this school and are purchasing a home outside of this school district so we never have to deal with them again! I know other families who have moved due to issues with this school. I do somewhat agree with what the other poster is saying about they are more worried about teaching other children English then anything else. The school could improve by taking bullying and other complaints seriously and not "sweeping it under the rug". Better supervision during outdoor play time communication with the parent after head injury all communication exc.

  • (1 year ago)

    this school is more focused on teaching children english then helping the thriving students. There is poor communication from the school to parents and the teachers are clearly overwhelmed with too many students.

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