North Polk High School

Summary:

North Polk High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 in Alleman, Iowa, with a student population of 647 for the 2022-2023 school year. This exceptional school consistently ranks among the top high schools in the state, maintaining a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for its exceptional academic performance.

North Polk High School stands out for its consistently strong academic metrics. Its students significantly outperform state averages on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress, with 89.3% of 10th-graders proficient or better in English Language Arts compared to the state average of 72.9%. The school also has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 17.6 to 1, suggesting its ability to provide individualized attention. In contrast, nearby schools like Hoover High School and Johnston Senior High School have higher student-teacher ratios of 21.4 and 19.8, respectively.

While North Polk High School's student population is relatively homogeneous, with 92.27% of students identifying as White, this is in contrast to the greater diversity of some nearby schools, such as Hoover High School. Additionally, North Polk High School has a low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch at 10.2%, compared to schools like Saydel High School at 60.53%, suggesting it serves a more affluent community. These factors may contribute to the school's exceptional academic performance, but also highlight the need for collaboration and sharing of best practices to improve educational outcomes across the region.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 13930 NE 6th St
       Alleman, IA  50007


(515) 984-3400

District: North Polk Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
13th of 336 Iowa High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,567 Help


Feeder schools for North Polk High School:

Elementary:    North Polk Central Elementary School
    North Polk West Elementary School
Middle:    North Polk Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.6 Help
Number of students:  647

Racial breakdown:

White:
92.3%
Hispanic:
4.5%
Two or more races:
2.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  10.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details North Polk High School ranks better than 96.1% of high schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 89.5. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (92.3%), Hispanic (4.5%), two or more races (2.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 10.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at North Polk High School is 17.6. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at North Polk High School is $14,567.
Schooldigger Rankings:

North Polk High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks North Polk High School 13th of 336 Iowa public high schools. (See North Polk High School in the ranking list.)

North Polk Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks North Polk Community School District 21st of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for North Polk High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 70.60 96th 351 72.6%
2013 77.84 41st 351 88.3%
2014 81.06 37th 322 88.5%
2015 76.26 59th 324 81.8%
2016 78.03 58th 320 81.9%
2017 71.74 86th 325 73.5%
2018 57.88 157th 320 50.9%
2019 81.28 32nd 327 90.2%
2021 90.43 9th 327 97.2%
2022 92.83 7th 332 97.9%
2023 89.50 13th 336 96.1%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Iowa Department of Education

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Enrollment information for North Polk High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 374 0 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 378
1989 377 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 381
1990 395 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 396
1991 373 1 2 0 1 n/a n/a 0 377
1992 382 2 2 3 1 n/a n/a 0 390
1993 410 2 3 2 3 n/a n/a 0 420
1994 412 2 2 1 4 n/a n/a 0 421
1995 406 5 1 4 4 n/a n/a 0 420
1996 406 5 1 4 4 n/a n/a 0 420
1997 400 4 7 2 1 n/a n/a 0 414
1998 435 3 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 440
1999 438 3 2 2 1 n/a n/a 0 446
2000 448 2 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 454
2001 430 1 2 1 1 n/a n/a 0 435
2002 435 3 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 441
2003 435 3 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 441
2004 404 2 5 1 2 n/a n/a 0 414
2005 434 2 4 1 1 n/a n/a 0 442
2006 445 3 4 2 1 n/a n/a 0 455
2007 457 3 2 2 1 n/a n/a 0 465
2008 469 5 2 2 1 n/a n/a 0 479
2009 319 2 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 324
2010 344 2 3 1 0 0 9 0 359
2011 355 1 3 3 0 0 10 0 372
2012 347 1 4 4 0 0 10 0 366
2013 349 1 5 4 0 0 6 0 365
2014 348 1 3 5 0 0 7 0 364
2015 370 1 1 5 0 0 7 0 384
2016 395 2 2 5 0 0 8 0 412
2017 396 2 4 8 0 0 11 0 421
2018 448 2 4 7 0 0 10 0 471
2019 449 2 4 8 0 0 11 0 474
2020 484 1 3 17 0 0 10 0 515
2021 519 1 0 20 0 2 10 0 552
2022 550 1 3 26 0 2 15 0 597
2023 597 4 3 29 0 0 14 0 647

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at North Polk High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 378 27.5 13.7 4.8
1989 381 2.8 136.0 5
1990 396 29.0 13.6 5.6
1991 377 28.0 13.4 4.2
1992 390 29.0 13.4 6.7
1993 420 29.0 14.5 5.2
1994 421 30.0 14.0 6.4
1995 420 32.6 12.9 2.1
1996 420 32.6 12.9 2.1
1997 414 31.1 13.3 4.3
1998 440 32.0 13.8 4.1
1999 446 33.0 13.5 5.4
2000 454 32.5 14.0 5.1
2001 435 34.5 12.6 5.5
2002 441 35.5 12.4 6.8
2003 441 35.5 12.4 6.8
2004 414 34.2 12.1 8.5
2005 442 33.6 13.2 8.8
2006 455 35.8 12.7 8.8
2007 465 34.3 13.6 10.3
2008 479 36.3 13.2 7.1
2009 324 42.5 7.6 5.9
2010 359 29.3 12.2 9.2
2011 372 27.8 13.3 10.5
2012 366 27.9 13.1 13.1
2013 365 26.2 13.9 8.2
2014 364 24.1 15.0 10.7
2015 384 26.0 14.7 12.8
2016 412 26.0 15.8 10.4
2017 421 26.1 16.0 10.9
2018 471 28.1 16.7 8.7
2019 474 32.8 14.4 10.1
2020 515 34.8 14.7 10.9
2021 552 36.7 15.0 10.5
2022 597 36.6 16.3 7.9
2023 647 36.5 17.6 10.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio North Polk High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 378 27.5 13.7 4.8
1989 381 2.8 136.0 5
1990 396 29.0 13.6 5.6
1991 377 28.0 13.4 4.2
1992 390 29.0 13.4 6.7
1993 420 29.0 14.5 5.2
1994 421 30.0 14.0 6.4
1995 420 32.6 12.9 2.1
1996 420 32.6 12.9 2.1
1997 414 31.1 13.3 4.3
1998 440 32.0 13.8 4.1
1999 446 33.0 13.5 5.4
2000 454 32.5 14.0 5.1
2001 435 34.5 12.6 5.5
2002 441 35.5 12.4 6.8
2003 441 35.5 12.4 6.8
2004 414 34.2 12.1 8.5
2005 442 33.6 13.2 8.8
2006 455 35.8 12.7 8.8
2007 465 34.3 13.6 10.3
2008 479 36.3 13.2 7.1
2009 324 42.5 7.6 5.9
2010 359 29.3 12.2 9.2
2011 372 27.8 13.3 10.5
2012 366 27.9 13.1 13.1
2013 365 26.2 13.9 8.2
2014 364 24.1 15.0 10.7
2015 384 26.0 14.7 12.8
2016 412 26.0 15.8 10.4
2017 421 26.1 16.0 10.9
2018 471 28.1 16.7 8.7
2019 474 32.8 14.4 10.1
2020 515 34.8 14.7 10.9
2021 552 36.7 15.0 10.5
2022 597 36.6 16.3 7.9
2023 647 36.5 17.6 10.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for North Polk High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $255 (1.8%) $14,312 (98.2%) $14,567

Data source: Iowa Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on North Polk High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 32nd of 327 High schoolsRanks 13th of 336 High schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk High School)88.689.3
 0.7%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Community School District)88.689.3
 0.7%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)74.372.9
 1.4%
10th Grade Mathematics (North Polk High School)82.687.6
 5%
   10th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Community School District)82.687.6
 5%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)67.167
 0.1%
11th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk High School)78.485.9
 7.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Community School District)78.485.9
 7.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)71.468.7
 2.7%
11th Grade Mathematics (North Polk High School)79.489.2
 9.8%
   11th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Community School District)79.489.2
 9.8%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)66.967.3
 0.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students474647
 36.5%
African American24
 100%
American Indian00
Asian43
 25%
Hispanic829
 262.5%
Pacific Islander00
White449597
 33%
Two or More Races1114
 27.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients10.1%10.2%
 0.1%


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Yes! North Polk High School is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 13th of 336 Iowa high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 647 students attended North Polk High School.

Students at North Polk High School are 92% White, 4% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Iowa Department of Education.

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