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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 1,270 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 94% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
Address
1921 Ames High Drive
Ames, IA 50010
Telephone
(515) 817-0600

Ames High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
94%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1400
61 responses
Average ACT
27
169 responses
AP Enrollment
40%

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Living in the Area
A+
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
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 104 responses
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  • Homecoming Week
    15%
  • Football Games
    13%
  • Tucheze
    12%
  • Band Raid
    10%
  • Coffee house
    10%
  • Band tour
    9%
  • Hunger Banquet
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,270
Free or Reduced Lunch
24%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,984
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 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
$15,601/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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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!
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Ames High School is all about opportunities and creating the best learning environment for its students. Every teacher at Ames High puts in countless hours of work to give the highest education and emotional support to their students. With the new Associate Principal, Brian Carico, all teachers are becoming trained in youth mental health first aid. Offering countless Honors and AP courses on campus, Ames High Students are college ready and excited for bigger things after graduation. One of the downfalls at Ames high is not enough classrooms for the growing population, however, with plans for a new building already set into motion, great things are on the rise.
An awesome school. Great teachers make all the difference in the world. So many options in classes to take. They offer more than just Spanish! I especially enjoyed German class and host an exchange student each year. The school also allows as many clubs as the students want. I enjoy Board Game Club, Chess Club, and Young Americans for Freedom Club. It's not all about sports, but with awesome coaches we're great in that too.