Test scores do not tell the whole story at schools like Karen Acres. As a parent of 4 kids who has experienced children at 3 different Urbandale Elementary Schools I can honestly say this school has the best 5th grade teacher in the district and the 3rd and 4th grade teachers are awesome as well. This is a diverse school particularly socio-economically with many English Language Learners. Consequently scores aren't always great however the teachers here do more to bring the kids they do have as far as they can with limited resources. The only negative here is that the PTO is run by a somewhat "cliquey" group of parents---very tough for "outsiders" to break into but this isn't the fault of the school and part of it is by default as there are a limited number of parents with the resources to be very involved in the PTO due to poverty work etc. Great school. My last child is done with elementary this year and I will be sad to leave this environment.
About This School
Karen Acres Elementary School is a public elementary school in Urbandale. 217 children attend Karen Acres Elementary School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 41% of the 217 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Karen Acres Elementary School is 12:1. Olmsted Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||41%||19%|
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