School Details

Smouse Opportunity School

2820 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 242-8210
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 150 students 7 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

69%
64%
77%
69%
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 2011
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
69%
82%
89%
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.
76%
62%
78%
76%
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 2011
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
70%
80%
40%
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.
41%
63%
78%
53%
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 2011
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
55%
72%
82%
49%
65%

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

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Smouse Opportunity School is a public middle school in Des Moines. 150 children attend Smouse Opportunity School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 77% of the 150 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Smouse Opportunity School is 7:1. Ruby Van Meter School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 45% 48%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 17%
Hispanic 16% 22%
Asian 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 67%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Smouse is a special education facility and has an early childhood program housed there as well. It is a school of team decision rather than a neighborhood school serving students with behavioral emotional and intellectual disabilities. The staff is second to none in caring about their students and academics are infused into every aspect of education. An extensive on site support staff provides medical and behavioral support and parents love the opportunities their students get here that they would not have at their neighborhood schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended Smouse School from 1937--1946.Then I attended East High School and graduated June 1950. If it had not been for Smouse School I might not have had a good education. It is a great school. I will be 80 yrs old in May.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to this school in the mid/late 1960's. Had a great teacher named Mrs. Pradioux. (Not sure how it was spelled). From there I went to public schools college and two master's degrees. I'm now the director of a college in OKC.

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