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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Ames Community School District is a top rated, public school district located in Ames, IA. It has 4,925 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.

Ames Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1380
90 responses
Average ACT
27
217 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,925
Free or Reduced Lunch
32.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,377
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.8%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,712/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    64%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  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

Ames Community School District Reviews

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Ames is currently undergoing changes such as a new principal has been assigned, we are currently developing our new building, and our policies are ever-changing. This makes it hard to keep things consistent throughout the four years of high school. That being said, Ames High is very accepting and a positive place to be!
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I just recently moved into the Ames School District, and so far it has been okay. The teachers are very nice and friendly, and the administrators are very quick and effective. However, the environment of the school is a little tense. Verbal fights occur often, and there are sometimes physical fights. However, the school offers many great clubs and sports opportunities. There is something for everyone!
The high school has a lot to offer within its English departments, not much else. The science teachers are lacking in their ability to teach and help students and the math department has the same flaws. The English department had great teachers and well taught classes.
The lunch food is as you expect, not great.
The middle school had issues with safety especially for girls and that caused issues for both the middle school and the high school.
Overall it’s ok, but lots could be improved.