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  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Harlan Community School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Harlan, IA. It has 1,464 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
2102 Durant
Harlan, IA 51537
Telephone
(712) 755-2152
Website

Harlan Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
Average ACT
26
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Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,464
Free or Reduced Lunch
30.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,661
Teachers in First/Second Year
7%

Finances

Total Expenses
$16,347,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,536/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    5%

Harlan Community School District Reviews

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Harlan Community is a safe place for a growing person to receive an education. In a largely rural setting, morals and community engagement are emphasized for the continued progress that we may all benefit from. There are some discrepancies though that can be addressed. Too much funding and attention is attributed to the high school football team. Another issue, that may have been addressed, in the six years since my own graduation, is that there is little readiness for students to go to college and stick with a program of higher education. Students would particularly benefit from continued education on the benefits of entering a trade or skill based school that gives hands on learning while providing a solid education and a learned candidate for living a sustainable, socially ethical life. There is the potential for this school system to grow beyond the bounds of a football field, but it will require the combined efforts of student, parent, and administrative groups to succeed.
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There are many things I like about the Harlan Community School District. To start, we have amazing staff, and teachers! All are committed to helping us students learn. We have awesome coaches in all of the sports offered at Harlan Community High School. The art classes are my favorite, taught by a skilled artist Dough Renkly. Him and his class made me want to continue on my art journey and become and art teacher! We do not have block scheduling, which might be one thing I would like to change. Also, the food is not that good, I would love to have more options at lunch and better quality food. I feel like if they changed this, there would be a lot more students eating lunch at school rather than going out to eat and bringing their own cold lunches everyday.
The students and teachers set their academic and school activity goals high! The school district has respect for one another and do many charitable events.

If I could change one thing about HCSD, it would be for them to be more inclusive no matter what the economic status of the student within the community. Teachers can sometimes be biased or have favoritism towards certain students.