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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.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 62% 84%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 7%
Hispanic 12% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 19%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    Karen Acres staff - from Custodians to Support staff to Secretary to Teachers to Principal - all have one thing in common Students are Priority! This is a wonderful small-town feeling school in the Urbandale IA area. We have had terrific experience with all teachers and grades! The parent involvement has been incredible. There is nothing KA staff wouldn't do! Go Cougars! Shame on the person who wrote the negative review...there couldn't be a better environment to have our children educated!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is disappointing to say the least. A new principle and administrative staff took over the school in the Fall of 2005. The only thing this administration can boast is complete ineptitude and rudeness.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is an excellent elementary school for any parent wanting your child to obtain a top notch education from caring and professional staff. The parent involvement is highly encouraged. The children not only are obtaining a great education but also developing character. Also they provide excellent one on one guidance for any child behind in any subject.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school. Great Teachers exceptional parent involvement and caring staff. The students not only get a great education but have a lot of fun. The staff provides each student the special attention he/she may need in any subjects they may need improvement in. I would highly recommend Karen Acres for any parent looking for a quality elementary.

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