School Details

Weeks Middle School

901 East Park Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 242-8449
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 677 students 15 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

56%
61%
75%
42%
54%
70%

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.
59%
55%
72%
50%
49%
65%

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 Comm School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
66%
80%
52%
61%
75%

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.
59%
63%
77%
42%
53%
68%

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 Comm School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
63%
78%
53%
61%
76%

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.
63%
59%
73%
39%
48%
65%

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 Comm School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Weeks Middle School is a public middle school in Des Moines. 677 students go to Weeks Middle School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 76% of the 677 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Weeks Middle School is 15:1. St. Anthony Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 5%
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 34% 58%
Hispanic 33% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 19%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 56%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to Weeks for all 3 years of middle school. I hated it and because I wanted to kill myself. I was bullied terribly and the counselors at the time told me to ignore it. Kids there threw threats at me and nothing was done to them for threatening me. It got to the point I was afraid to go to school which I was suspended and punished for. I don't recommend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attended weeks during the 2006-7 school year. She was challenged and given the opportunity to get into the advanced programming. She is now a junior and able to graduate early. I find that Weeks is a part of her success of being a good student (along with her awesome parents of course). I now have a son who is in the Weeks district but being enrolled into McCombs. I am fighting to put my child into Weeks so that he can be given the same opportunities learn from fantastic teachers and educated programming. I would recommend weeks to those who are actively involved in their child's education.

  • (5 years ago)

    my student came here at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year she use to be a great a-b nd ocasionally a c student throughout the year her grades have dropped mostly because of the princibles teachers and sometimes students.. i wouldn't recremend this school right away...

  • (6 years ago)

    My student transfeed here from another school. This school is run more like a juvenile detention center. They do not listen before they hand down punishments and ask students to tell on others to have their punishment decreased... you pull up to drop of child off and it is so segregated it is scary.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son transitioned to Weeks after the Downtown School in Des Moines. We are pleased with the academic level of the teaching and his rapidly improved test scores in the 6th grade. While the neighborhood is clearly lower income we do live here and like the area and the school. My son knows there are rough kids but found the risk of bullies is comparable to that in his previous school of 'upper class' kids. I have found the team of principals to be excellent and engaged with our child; I find the building clean and modern; and the advisors support our child's progress.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is horrible theres drugdealing bullys picking on nerds and people set things on fire i would have to say that you should stay awayfrom here

  • (7 years ago)

    I think Weeks is an excellent school. When we moved in the district my child was shy and timid. The teachers helped her in her transition by adapting classroom activities to giver her more opportunities to meet people and make new friends. Since my child began attending Weeks she has been challenged more academically. She has also enjoyed participating in clubs and athletics as well. One thing that could have made her experience better is if they had a 'mock trial' team to participate in events against other schools. She wants to become a lawyer and mock trial really helps in her motivation. Other than that I am very pleased with Weeks.

  • (11 years ago)

    I wish the school had a more optimistic attitude. They seem to have given up on the influence they could have in changing the course in a childs life.

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