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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  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 an elite, public school located in Ames, IA. It has 1,270 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 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
49 responses
Average ACT
27
143 responses
AP Enrollment
37%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$41,278
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$835
National
$949
Median Home Value
$176,500
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
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 93 responses
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  • Homecoming Week
    15%
  • Football Games
    13%
  • Tucheze
    12%
  • Band Raid
    10%
  • Coffee house
    9%
  • Band tour
    9%
  • Hunger Banquet
    8%

Students

Diversity
B+
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.29 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,984
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.7%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 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.40 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses
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Ames High School Reviews

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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.
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All of the teachers are great! The band program is amazing. The amount of opportunities that you have, with AP classes, ISU classes, etc., is really helpful. The business program here is incredible. Taking Accounting and Personal Finance helped to guide my college and career path. Also, there are a lot of clubs here, from conservative clubs, to liberal clubs, Key Club, FCA, and the list goes on.
Loved it! Teachers are great, with many opportunities for students. From clubs to sports to music, students are allowed to explore many different avenues.