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About This School

Van Meter Junior-Senior High School is a public high school in Van Meter. 316 students attend Van Meter Junior-Senior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 13% of the 316 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Van Meter Junior-Senior High School is 12:1. Adm Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% 96%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Asian 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Van Meter is a growing district with more than 100 open enrolled students because of the technology and engaged instructors. We moved our family there from a very large district - our 7th grader with a school issued Mac Book can make powerpoints on any topic and Skype with students in Hong Kong about the material. The teachers keep us constantly updated on student progress and work assignments through a computerized Active Grade system which we love. Best decision we ever made for our kids.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school lacks diversity the whole student population parents and most importantly and shamefully - the staff - are all involved in the town clique rather than educating and celebrating education and diversity. Outsiders are not welcomed. When bullying happens at this school and it does frequently even physical attacks are not handled as according the student handbook and board policy. I would not recommend sending your child here.

  • (4 years ago)

    Ok you guys are nuts! you say there is no diversity like its a horrible thing on our part like we have a choice in the matter. We do not have a never diverse student selection compared to des moines school who have every race attend there school. That isn't our fault. I love van meter schooling for the most part i love all the teachers they make it personal they actually listen when you talk(most anyway) but hey no school is perfect. I have also gone to des moines school and they don't care at all about there students they let the students barely pass just so they can get the kids who don't understand out of their hair. Its insane. Van meter is a small town and small school the one thing i wish was diffrent is we had more things to do in this town.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is horrible. There is no diversity and their teaching methods are completely pointless. Do not send your child to this school unless you grew up in Van Meter.

  • (7 years ago)

    It's true that there are not a lot of diverse activities but the performing arts programs are improving. Also for those students needing more academic challenges the school will enroll the student in a local community college class or ICN class at no cost to the parents. Parents are highly involved and that is a real benefit. Also the small school size ensures that students can be in as many activities as they want.

  • (9 years ago)

    Van Meter High school is extremely small and not very diverse. We have virtually no extracurriculars but don't worry we have loads of sports for all of you jocks out there. Most of van meter is highly involved in sports and the parents for the most part are highly involved in their children's activities. They offer football basketball soccer (through Adel) softball baseball volleyball however you will not find swimming tennis nor more diverse gym classes. Overall it is a great community for younger students however being orginally from Des Moines I am dissapointed. But if you are looking for a small community to raise your children in we are currently growing and expanding.

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