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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
58 responses
Average ACT
27
156 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
$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
Report
  • Homecoming Week
    15%
  • Football Games
    13%
  • Tucheze
    12%
  • Band Raid
    10%
  • Coffee house
    9%
  • 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.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
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,984
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%
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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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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Ames High School is one of the most diverse schools in all of Iowa. Due to the diversity, there are many more pros compared to cons. The University creates an atmosphere that is unique compared to other schools. Ames provides students with several extra curricular activities such as sports, clubs, art and theater, and more. One of the main reasons Ames rises above is the staff. Teachers are compassionate about what they do and constantly put students first to provide the best education. They tend to stay after class to provide students the extra help. The only con about AHS is the amount of students per grade. The large classes bring difficulties for some students, but out of struggle comes accomplishment. The students and staff respresent Ames. We are Ames.
Ames high school is a very good school, within a very good school district. They have a lot of clubs and after-school activities.many are academic, but there's also a wide variety of clubs for anything you can think of. From video game club to lettuce club. Any student can find their interest at Ames high. Ames High has a very good sports program, and they always encourage students to do multiple sports.
They are constantly trying to get upperclassmen ready for university. They have a very good ELP program. With very involved teachers, but they're also trying to get us ready of college. With giving us independence. In other words, Ames high is a very good public school.