School Details

St Theresa School

5810 Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 277-0178

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 333 students 13 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

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About this school

St Theresa School is a private middle school in Des Moines. 333 children attend St Theresa School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at St Theresa School is 13:1. Cowles Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% %
Hispanic 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Asian 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    St. Theresa is such a warm community full of enthusiastic families and a supportive parish. Our mission is to help independent happy and faithful kids develop into life-long learners and citizens of the world. We are service-centered with an emphasis on social justice. We are STEM-certified meaning our science and math curriculum is hands-on and problem-solving focused. Our teachers are excellent and would do anything to help a student meet his/her needs. Lunch is delicious and our prinicpal is one of a kind. Mrs. Stemler is an advocate for teachers a support for parents and above all a cheer leader for children! St. Theresa is truly a wonderful place for children to grow.

  • (1 year ago)

    St Theresa's is an excellent school. I have my 2 boys there and they love it. They have fantastic teachers and a wonderful principal who really cares about the my kids overall well being!!! It's a loving safe learning environment for my kids!!! I drive 50 miles everyday to make sure my boys attend St. Theresa's !!!

  • (1 year ago)

    St. Theresa Catholic is fantastic. I wouldn't consider sending my children anywhere else. The staff reach each child individually to challenge and help them grow. The school is STEM certified grades 3 through 8. Classes use iPads Smartboards ELMOs and are hands on. Faith and respect are part of everyday. I couldn't ask for better teachers classes or a better community. The principal knows each child and family by name. She is in each classroom weekly. We are very pleased with our students' classrooms and learning. Words don't capture the learning envirnment.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school could be so much more...yet the principal is too wishy washy to stand up for teachers in the classroom. The school is in dire financial straights and believes that in order to serve the school better it would be better to terminate teachers who make 'too' much money so that the budget can be lowered...thus ensuring younger teachers who will only come here as a last resort...thus ensuring lower quality teaching...this school needs a new principal!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers and staff at STCS along with the small class sizes make for a great classroom setting. Individual attention with all the use of technology give the students a great education.

  • (1 year ago)

    St. Theresa's Catholic School is a fantastic school. We have 2 children that we send there. There are a number of Catholic schools that are much closer to us yet we still send our children here. The individual attention small class size excellent teachers and wonderful community of parents made our decision easy when deciding where to send our children. We could not be more pleased with St. Theresa's it is an excellent school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from St. Theresa's in 1968. I have found that the foundation I received here and the loving Care of my 4th teacher I was ready for anything life had in store for me. My childhood best friend and I meet each other here. We still keep in touch. Father Charles Phelan looked after and loved us all. He was a wonderful pastor

  • (6 years ago)

    Our daughter attends the morning Pre-K program and we couldn't be more pleased! She is learning so much! She already knows letter sounds and is more than ready for kindergarten!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son transfered to St. Theresa when he was in 3rd grade from another Catholic school south of grand. The teachers at his old school informed us that he was doing fine. We knew that was not the case. When he transfered to his new school (St. T's) the teacher informed us that he was reading at a first grade level. Not a third grade like he should be. In less then a years time they caught him up to his peers. We now have all three kids at the school. The teachers and principal are excellent at what they do. Plus the communication between them and us could not be any better.

  • (7 years ago)

    its a good school my son is doing great he is excelling in all his classes and he is making lots of friends if u have a son/daughter going in to Pre-k - 8th grade then you should consider st Theresa school.

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