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Walnut Street School Overview

901 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 , Tel: +1 (515) 242-8438 Des Moines Independent Community School District

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Walnut Street School Ratings & Reviews

September 01, 2015 Submitted by a parent
This year they have a drop off lane for the kid, which is a plus, if they can do this for pickup too it would be great. They also have a lot of staffing changes this year, hopefully good changes to help pull up test scores, The test scores of the children in this school really concern me, especially 5th grades. How will the kid prepare for middle school if they barely pass the test for 5th grade(55% in math?) But I have big hope for the new principal when seeing a lot of changes he brings to Walnut Street school. Comment in 2014: Only start school for few days and already hate the parking for pick up and drop off. They have hundreds of students and only 20 parking spot available for pickup/drop off, and no pickup/drop off drive way, how is that going to work out? no matter if we came early or later than school start time/end time we still struggling to find parking, unless you have 2 persons to drop off or pickup the kid, one to bring the kid in/out while the other driving around to find parking, you will be late for school/pickup time. The teacher and staff are nice and responsive though. Fix this issue then I'll change my rating for this school.
April 30, 2014 Submitted by a parent
The school does a great job and has made many improvements in its short 10 year history. Academic achievement has been increasing each year, but gains are still needed and it seems like the effort by staff is targeted. Certainly there are things that can continue to improve, as with any school. Interestingly, some of the comments below are completely wrong and actually malicious. The current principal did not resign, he accepted a promotion. Why wouldn't that be a celebration versus a slam?! Also, he did withdraw one of his children from the school, but his other child still attends there. Why is that a problem, or even a point of public concern? Do we even know, or need to know, the reasoning? It seems like the parents venting on this site are forgetting that this is a school of choice. We all selected this school for various reasons and the vast majority of us parents are very happy. Those that are unhappy, should reconsider their choice and perhaps return to their neighborhood school. Posting negative comments is unfair to those of us who appreciate and support the school. Thanks WSS for all you are doing for our kids!
April 24, 2014 Submitted by a parent
Principal took own child out of the school, not much more needs to be said.
April 19, 2014 Submitted by a community member
my school is walnut street school and i think its a fantastic place it safe and secure and i think that parents should take their kids there and i hope they do
February 27, 2014 Submitted by a parent
As another parent predicted (wow!), the principal resigned, after pulling his own child out earlier in the year. We have had kids at WSS for many years, it has gone down hill fast ever since IB endorsement was given. Don't get me wrong - we supported IB, we were thrilled with the idea and the lead up to it was great. The implementation has been poor. As soon as the endorsement was given and the school became IB, it was as if the entire staff stopped trying, mission accomplished. I think in addition to the other parent saying the principal is building his resume by moving to another school, he was building his resume by implementing IB, once he had it checked of his to do list that was it. Test scores are down, communication is non-existent, there are no afterschool activities anymore, teachers are out the door as soon as the kids are - unlike my middle schooler, where the teachers are active in running activities for the kids, staying to tutor, etc. The principal wants the teachers only available during their contract hours to the second and out the door-definitely no lighted school house here. I hope new leadership will bring new committment to kids, IB, families & education!
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Average Rent in Des Moines, IA

  • Des Moines, IA Average Rental Price, February 2020 $906 /mo

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    Apartments and homes for rent near Walnut Street School

    Your child’s education is your top priority. We know that because—well, you’re looking at this page, aren’t you? If you think your kid would feel right at home at Walnut Street School, and you are contemplating moving closer so the little rascal will never miss a class, we have some good news for you and your family. Commute will never be an issue if you pick an apartment within 5 miles of Walnut Street School, and that should not be hard as you can currently choose from 157 apartments for rent available in this part of Des Moines. Not familiar with rent prices in the area? The cheapest apartment near Walnut Street School is currently at Hickman Flats, renting for $610 per month, but if $2,549 is still within your budget, check out the more luxurious offers at Confluence on 3rd Apartments. Or just do what most other parents do and go for the middle ground—that’s where you get the best value for money most of the time.

    Things you should know about Walnut Street School

    Before you start packing, make sure Walnut Street School is really the best option for your child. To recap, Walnut Street School is a well-known public PK-5 school in Des Moines. It is located at 901 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 and it is the second home of 307 students. Please note that available apartments near a given school are filtered by proximity, not by attendance zone. We advise parents to visit the schools in person and contact the admissions offices for further information on school performance and attendance zones before making a final decision.

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