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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
    B+
Ames High School is a top rated, public school located in Ames, IA. It has 1,384 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.

Ames High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1370
88 responses
Average ACT
27
214 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
Median Household Income
$46,127
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$905
National
$949
Median Home Value
$196,400
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 115 responses
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  • Homecoming Week
    17%
  • Football Games
    13%
  • Tucheze
    11%
  • Band Raid
    11%
  • Coffee house
    10%
  • Band tour
    9%
  • 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
1,384
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,377
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 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
$15,712/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.47 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.47 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 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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With just like any other thing, Ames High School and the Administrators make promises to the faculty and the students. However, they don't always keep their promises or they execute them in a way that was not originally planned like so. I like Ames High School because there are many different outlets that students can get into. There are also many different classes that students can take to explore their interests; especially in the Arts and English departments. Something I would like to see improve with Ames High would be enforcement of rules in a realistic way that makes sense because sometimes the administrators try to enforce certain things, however, they do so in a way that students just brush off the shoulder.
I love how Ames High values education over anything else. I also really like how diverse the school is. There are many clubs for different cultures, and they all come together for a culture fair a couple times a year. I participated in Football, Basketball, and Track at Ames High, and I can say that the sports are an excellent resource for students to participate in, and teach them hard work, and dedication. Many different art classes are available to students. I took ceramics all 4 years at Ames High because the teachers form a great personal relationship with students, and the class itself taught me how to express myself through art, and how to work with my hands. If I could change one thing about Ames High School, I would make more classes about college and finance mandatory to students. It’s good for students to learn about money management, and how to do simple tasks such as paying bills and taxes that everyone will have to know in their future.