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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Ames High School is a top rated, public school located in Ames, IA. It has 1,277 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.
Address
1921 Ames High Drive
Ames, IA 50010
Telephone
(515) 817-0600
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Ames High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
84%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1380
73 responses
Average ACT
27
186 responses
AP Enrollment
40%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$42,755
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$876
National
$949
Median Home Value
$187,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 111 responses
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  • Homecoming Week
    17%
  • Football Games
    14%
  • Tucheze
    12%
  • Band Raid
    10%
  • Coffee house
    9%
  • Band tour
    8%
  • Hunger Banquet
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,277
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,740
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$18,690/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.45 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.45 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.45 responses
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Ames High is a great school. Since Ames is a college town, that draws in people from around the world, so Ames High is fairly diverse. The students score above average on tests like the ACT, AP Exams, and other big tests like that. Our classes definitiely prepare you for college. There are tons of clubs and if there isn't one for you, you can always make a new club. The teachers are great and make relationships with so many students. The building itself is pretty old, but full of life and memories. Overall, it's a really good high school!
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I love Ames High and the school spirit the entire district has. I have met lifetime friends at Ames High School and have been given great opportunities. Even though I loved my high school experience if I could do it all over again I would change a few things. The counselors at Ames High School can sometimes brush over students not giving each and everyone the attention they deserve. Whether it be giving generalized advice or not looking out for the students best interest the administration could use some room for improvement. Another very frustrating thing about Ames High School is that they only will send out students unweighted GPA. In today's world getting into college and qualify for financial aid is a difficult task, and having an unweighted GPA is that much more difficult. Overall Ames High School was a great place to attend high school.
Ames High School is the most amazing school in Iowa. Students are given so many opportunities. We are given the chance to take college classes at DMACC and it is completely paid for. We are able to take up to 7 or 8 art classes and 6 business classes. We have a food and nutrition class and a woodshop class. Students WILL find what they love/are passionate about here. I already know exactly what I want to do after college because Ames High School has prepared me for it. The city of Ames will be building a new high school in the next 3/4 years and I am so excited to watch it grow and see what good it brings people!