A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Address
1921 Ames High Drive
Ames, IA 50010
Telephone
(515) 817-0600

Ames High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1430
30 responses
Average ACT
28
92 responses
AP Enrollment
37%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 80 responses
Report
  • Homecoming Week
    15%
  • Tucheze
    13%
  • Football Games
    13%
  • Band Raid
    10%
  • Coffee house
    9%
  • Band tour
    9%
  • Hunger Banquet
    9%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,271
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,151
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.7%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,790/ year
National
$11,890
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses

Ames High School Reviews

261 reviews
All Categories
Besides the usual high school social issues, Ames High has a really good environment. There's always lots of activities going on outside of the school day and students get very involved in those things. Parents help sponsor and they also attend events like our athletic events. If I could change something I would change how our principal is so deeply involved with out football team and not other events. Our principal likes to stress athletics, especially football, but not other activities throughout the school. The music and art departments are doing really great things and in return they get almost no recognition.
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we have over 100 clubs literally everyone can find a club that fits them if they wanted. Some clubs are like gaming, others are very committed to helping the community and take up a lot more time. Some clubs take physical work and others just take mental work. My school does an awesome job of getting options out there for students to take part in!
Everyone loves the marching band and all the athletic teams. The state girls swim team has won four/five state titles in the past five years, state cheer has won three years in a row, tennis always wins, science olympiad is on a ten year streak, and the marching band is the best in the land. Ames High has the highest percentage of students that make up the all state honors band, holds the overall lead in state athletic titles, and the athletic and clubs and organizations churn out professional athletes, musicians, and the very best in every area that clubs exist. The garden club provides tomatoes for the lunch room, the green butterfly club recycles all the paper every year and makes the new hall passes for the next year out of them, sheph raises thousands of dollars to build schools in Uganda, and so on. Every foreign language program offers an international trip, as well as the schools band, orchestra, and chorus trips. Also for AP Euro there is a euro trip, and you can apply for a yearly summer trip to Uganda.