School Details

South Union Elementary School

4201 South Union, Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8409
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 545 students 14 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

58%
64%
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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.
71%
64%
77%
64%
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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
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 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.
57%
62%
78%
54%
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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
70%
80%
69%
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.
53%
63%
78%
57%
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 2013
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Union Elementary School is a public elementary school in Des Moines. 545 students attend South Union Elementary School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 81% of the 545 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Union Elementary School is 14:1. Park Ave Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Asian 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 51% 48%
Multiracial 5% 6%
Hispanic 24% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 67%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We no longer attend this school. The teachers that we had dealt with where very kind. My son's first grade teacher was my favorite. She was very concerned about all her students. Sadly the school district just didn't back her up with getting additional help for my son. Not once did I ever meet the principal or vice principal. It was a struggle for both the teacher and my self to obtain any additional help for my son. If only his kindergarten teacher very kind was up front with the difficulties my son was having in school we would not be in the issue that we found ourselves starting in first grade. Thankfully his first grade teacher stepped.

  • (4 years ago)

    All the teachers are very kind and helpful to the children! My son just loves going there!

  • (5 years ago)

    i love this school my 2 girls love this school there so nice and respectful..

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