Pella High School

Summary:

Pella High School is a public high school in Pella, Iowa, serving 764 students in grades 9-12. The school consistently ranks among the top high schools in the state, with a current statewide ranking of 6th out of 336 high schools and a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Pella High School stands out for its exceptional academic performance, with students consistently outperforming the state averages in the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, the percentage of Pella High School students proficient or better in ISASP English Language Arts ranged from 88.5% to 92.5%, compared to the state average of 68.7% to 72.9%. However, the school has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 87.43% of students identifying as White, which is lower than the diversity seen in nearby schools like Pleasantville High School and Oskaloosa High School. Additionally, Pella High School has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (13.61%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 19.28% to 46.79%.

While Pella High School's academic excellence is commendable, the school's higher student-teacher ratio (17.2) compared to nearby schools (ranging from 9.4 to 15.1) may impact the level of individual attention and support available to students. This is an area that the Pella Community School District may want to consider as they continue to strive for excellence and equity in education, ensuring that all students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 212 E University St
       Pella, IA  50219


(641) 628-3870

District: Pella Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
6th of 336 Iowa High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,389 Help


Feeder schools for Pella High School:

Elementary:    Lincoln Elementary School
    Madison Elementary School
Middle:    Jefferson Intermediate
    Pella Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.2 Help
Number of students:  764

Racial breakdown:

White:
87.4%
Two or more races:
3.8%
Hispanic:
3.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Pella High School ranks better than 98.2% of high schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.1. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (87.4%), two or more races (3.8%), Hispanic (3.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 13.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pella High School is 17.2. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pella High School is $13,389.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Pella High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Pella High School 6th of 336 Iowa public high schools. (See Pella High School in the ranking list.)



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Rank History for Pella High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 80.82 34th 351 90.3%
2013 62.06 144th 351 59.0%
2014 80.43 40th 322 87.6%
2015 81.34 25th 324 92.3%
2016 90.60 12th 320 96.3%
2017 77.82 49th 325 84.9%
2018 72.88 79th 320 75.3%
2019 83.27 24th 327 92.7%
2021 91.21 8th 327 97.6%
2022 94.84 4th 332 98.8%
2023 92.10 6th 336 98.2%
See the entire list of Iowa High 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 Pella High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 433 0 16 0 0 n/a n/a 0 449
1989 450 0 14 0 0 n/a n/a 0 464
1990 456 0 12 0 0 n/a n/a 0 468
1991 477 1 10 5 0 n/a n/a 0 493
1992 475 0 21 5 0 n/a n/a 0 501
1993 501 0 10 2 0 n/a n/a 0 513
1994 493 1 17 4 1 n/a n/a 0 516
1995 593 0 18 0 0 n/a n/a 0 611
1996 593 0 18 0 0 n/a n/a 0 611
1997 646 0 22 0 0 n/a n/a 0 668
1998 658 0 40 0 0 n/a n/a 0 698
1999 600 0 32 0 0 n/a n/a 0 632
2000 598 2 28 3 1 n/a n/a 0 632
2001 618 1 24 3 1 n/a n/a 0 647
2002 625 4 22 7 0 n/a n/a 0 658
2003 625 4 22 7 0 n/a n/a 0 658
2004 602 4 26 11 0 n/a n/a 0 643
2005 593 3 27 11 1 n/a n/a 0 635
2006 601 5 25 10 0 n/a n/a 0 641
2007 624 8 26 10 1 n/a n/a 0 669
2008 641 7 29 5 0 n/a n/a 0 682
2009 609 7 30 10 0 n/a n/a 0 656
2010 627 3 26 13 0 0 12 0 681
2011 635 5 24 11 1 0 10 0 686
2012 628 4 21 13 0 0 9 0 675
2013 629 4 22 19 0 0 7 0 681
2014 637 4 16 19 0 0 8 0 684
2015 614 8 19 20 0 0 8 0 669
2016 621 10 22 17 0 0 7 0 677
2017 613 13 30 19 0 0 8 0 683
2018 602 19 33 11 0 0 4 0 669
2019 620 17 36 13 1 0 6 0 693
2020 625 19 34 17 1 0 10 0 706
2021 645 17 24 16 1 0 12 0 715
2022 653 16 20 23 2 0 23 1 738
2023 668 15 21 25 1 2 29 3 764

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 Pella High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 449 29.2 15.3 5.1
1989 464 2.9 160.0 4.5
1990 468 28.4 16.4 3.4
1991 493 31.3 15.7 3.7
1992 501 33.0 15.1 5.8
1993 513 34.0 15.1 6.2
1994 516 33.6 15.4 7.2
1995 611 38.4 15.9 7
1996 611 38.4 15.9 7
1997 668 37.6 17.8 6.7
1998 698 37.6 18.6 5.3
1999 632 42.0 15.0 7.9
2000 632 44.2 14.3 6.5
2001 647 40.0 16.2 6.3
2002 658 43.6 15.1 10.2
2003 658 43.6 15.1 10.2
2004 643 46.6 13.8 13.8
2005 635 42.5 14.9 13.9
2006 641 44.0 14.6 14.2
2007 669 43.6 15.3 13.3
2008 682 43.2 15.8 11.9
2009 656 42.6 15.4 12
2010 681 43.4 15.6 16.6
2011 686 44.8 15.2 17.5
2012 675 43.6 15.4 16.6
2013 681 44.1 15.4 16.3
2014 684 45.1 15.1 15.6
2015 669 46.0 14.5 19.1
2016 677 48.0 14.1 17.4
2017 683 44.4 15.3 16.5
2018 669 48.2 13.8 12.7
2019 693 46.8 14.7 17.9
2020 706 47.2 14.9 13.9
2021 715 46.0 15.5 12.6
2022 738 46.4 15.9 16
2023 764 44.3 17.2 13.6

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 Pella High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 449 29.2 15.3 5.1
1989 464 2.9 160.0 4.5
1990 468 28.4 16.4 3.4
1991 493 31.3 15.7 3.7
1992 501 33.0 15.1 5.8
1993 513 34.0 15.1 6.2
1994 516 33.6 15.4 7.2
1995 611 38.4 15.9 7
1996 611 38.4 15.9 7
1997 668 37.6 17.8 6.7
1998 698 37.6 18.6 5.3
1999 632 42.0 15.0 7.9
2000 632 44.2 14.3 6.5
2001 647 40.0 16.2 6.3
2002 658 43.6 15.1 10.2
2003 658 43.6 15.1 10.2
2004 643 46.6 13.8 13.8
2005 635 42.5 14.9 13.9
2006 641 44.0 14.6 14.2
2007 669 43.6 15.3 13.3
2008 682 43.2 15.8 11.9
2009 656 42.6 15.4 12
2010 681 43.4 15.6 16.6
2011 686 44.8 15.2 17.5
2012 675 43.6 15.4 16.6
2013 681 44.1 15.4 16.3
2014 684 45.1 15.1 15.6
2015 669 46.0 14.5 19.1
2016 677 48.0 14.1 17.4
2017 683 44.4 15.3 16.5
2018 669 48.2 13.8 12.7
2019 693 46.8 14.7 17.9
2020 706 47.2 14.9 13.9
2021 715 46.0 15.5 12.6
2022 738 46.4 15.9 16
2023 764 44.3 17.2 13.6

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 Pella High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $358 (2.7%) $13,030 (97.3%) $13,389

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pella High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 24th of 327 High schoolsRanks 6th of 336 High schools
 5.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Pella High School)84.288.5
 4.3%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Pella Community School District)84.288.5
 4.3%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)74.372.9
 1.4%
10th Grade Mathematics (Pella High School)81.586.2
 4.7%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Pella Community School District)81.586.2
 4.7%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)67.167
 0.1%
11th Grade English Language Arts (Pella High School)85.892.5
 6.7%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Pella Community School District)85.892.5
 6.7%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)71.468.7
 2.7%
11th Grade Mathematics (Pella High School)82.189.8
 7.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Pella Community School District)82.189.8
 7.7%
   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 Students693764
 10.2%
African American1715
 11.8%
American Indian11
Asian3621
 41.7%
Hispanic1325
 92.3%
Pacific Islander02
White620668
 7.7%
Two or More Races629
 383.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients17.9%13.6%
 4.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Pella High School

Pella High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Lincoln Elementary School
Elementary : Madison Elementary School
Middle : Jefferson Intermediate
Middle : Pella Middle School

Yes! Pella High School is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 6th of 336 Iowa high schools.

Students at Pella High School are 87% White, 4% Two or more races, 3% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 2% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 764 students attended Pella High School.


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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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