North Polk Middle School

Summary:

North Polk Middle School is a public middle school located in Alleman, Iowa, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 455 students. The school is part of the North Polk Community School District, which is ranked 21 out of 311 school districts in Iowa and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

North Polk Middle School consistently ranks among the top middle schools in Iowa, ranking 8th out of 334 Iowa middle schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school has maintained a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past several years, indicating exceptional academic performance. Students at North Polk Middle School significantly outperform the state averages in all subject areas and grade levels on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 91.4% of 6th graders, 91.5% of 7th graders, and 93.3% of 8th graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state averages of 72.7%, 74.2%, and 76%, respectively.

However, North Polk Middle School has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 94.29% of students identifying as White in the 2022-2023 school year. This is significantly higher than the racial diversity of the nearby schools, such as Harding Middle School and Meredith Middle School in the Des Moines Independent Community School District, which have much more diverse student populations. Additionally, North Polk Middle School has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 9.45% in the 2022-2023 school year, compared to the nearby schools, such as Harding Middle School and Meredith Middle School, which have free and reduced lunch rates of 89.47% and 83.89%, respectively.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 315 NE 141st Ave.
       Alleman, IA  50007


(515) 984-3400

District: North Polk Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
8th of 336 Iowa Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,145 Help


Students who attend North Polk Middle School usually attend:

High:    North Polk High School

Feeder schools for North Polk Middle School:

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

Student/teacher ratio:  17.4 Help
Number of students:  455

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.3%
Hispanic:
2.9%
Two or more races:
1.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  9.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details North Polk Middle School ranks better than 97.6% of middle schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 88.04. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (94.3%), Hispanic (2.9%), two or more races (1.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 9.5% 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 Middle School is 17.4. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at North Polk Middle School is $11,145.
Schooldigger Rankings:

North Polk Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks North Polk Middle School 8th of 336 Iowa public middle schools. (See North Polk Middle 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 Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 76.61 42nd 349 88.0%
2013 74.30 54th 350 84.6%
2014 77.64 35th 337 89.6%
2015 81.47 28th 349 92.0%
2016 86.40 11th 343 96.8%
2017 86.22 7th 327 97.9%
2018 90.63 5th 318 98.4%
2019 93.81 4th 342 98.8%
2021 85.68 17th 324 94.8%
2022 86.49 15th 337 95.5%
2023 88.04 8th 334 97.6%
See the entire list of Iowa Middle School Rankings!

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 Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2009 185 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 189
2010 179 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 185
2011 173 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 177
2012 171 1 0 3 1 0 3 0 179
2013 178 2 2 3 0 0 4 0 189
2014 292 2 2 4 0 0 7 0 307
2015 323 1 3 6 0 0 6 0 339
2016 317 1 3 6 0 0 8 0 335
2017 355 3 1 5 0 0 8 0 372
2018 370 1 1 5 0 0 8 0 385
2019 403 1 1 14 0 0 10 0 429
2020 411 3 2 15 0 1 9 0 441
2021 414 6 3 17 0 1 11 0 452
2022 403 6 0 12 0 1 9 0 431
2023 429 3 1 13 0 0 8 1 455

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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 189 22.0 8.6 5.3
2010 185 14.6 12.6 12.4
2011 177 11.3 15.5 11.9
2012 179 10.2 17.4 15.6
2013 189 11.5 16.3 11.1
2014 307 22.0 13.9 12.1
2015 339 22.0 15.4 13
2016 335 23.0 14.5 10.1
2017 372 22.6 16.4 12.6
2018 385 22.8 16.8 8.3
2019 429 24.1 17.8 11.4
2020 441 25.1 17.5 10.7
2021 452 25.5 17.6 13.3
2022 431 26.0 16.5 7.4
2023 455 26.0 17.4 9.5

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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 189 22.0 8.6 5.3
2010 185 14.6 12.6 12.4
2011 177 11.3 15.5 11.9
2012 179 10.2 17.4 15.6
2013 189 11.5 16.3 11.1
2014 307 22.0 13.9 12.1
2015 339 22.0 15.4 13
2016 335 23.0 14.5 10.1
2017 372 22.6 16.4 12.6
2018 385 22.8 16.8 8.3
2019 429 24.1 17.8 11.4
2020 441 25.1 17.5 10.7
2021 452 25.5 17.6 13.3
2022 431 26.0 16.5 7.4
2023 455 26.0 17.4 9.5

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 Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $144 (1.3%) $11,001 (98.7%) $11,145

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

Impact of COVID-19 on North Polk Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4th of 342 Middle schoolsRanks 8th of 334 Middle schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Middle School)89.491.4
 2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Community School District)89.491.4
 2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.572.7
 5.2%
6th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Middle School)87.485.9
 1.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Community School District)87.485.9
 1.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.469.9
 0.5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Middle School)9391.5
 1.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Community School District)9391.5
 1.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)69.974.2
 4.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Middle School)95.879.4
 16.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Community School District)95.879.4
 16.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)70.168.9
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Middle School)91.793.3
 1.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (North Polk Community School District)91.793.3
 1.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)69.576
 6.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Middle School)95.594.6
 0.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Polk Community School District)95.594.6
 0.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.872
 0.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students429455
 6.1%
African American13
 200%
American Indian00
Asian11
Hispanic1413
 7.1%
Pacific Islander00
White403429
 6.5%
Two or More Races108
 20%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients11.4%9.5%
 2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about North Polk Middle School

Yes! North Polk Middle School is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 8th of 336 Iowa middle schools.

Students who attend North Polk Middle School usually go on to attend North Polk High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 455 students attended North Polk Middle School.

Students at North Polk Middle School are 94% White, 3% 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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