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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Johnston Senior High School is a highly rated, public school located in Johnston, IA. It has 1,548 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
6501 NW 62nd Ave.
Johnston, IA 50131
Telephone
(515) 278-0449

Johnston Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1310
23 responses
Average ACT
28
301 responses
AP Enrollment
25%
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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
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$94,539
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,123
National
$949
Median Home Value
$248,100
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
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 87 responses
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  • Football games
    26%
  • Rock around the Clock
    26%
  • Cookie Day
    11%
  • Fundraising events
    9%
  • Senior Challenge
    8%
  • Show Choir
    6%
  • Dig Pink Spike Blue
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,548
Free or Reduced Lunch
17%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,341
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.9%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$11,871/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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Johnston Senior High School Reviews

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Johnston is a relatively balanced school, athletics and art take an equal share of the daily announcements. The school is predominantly white rich kids, but strong efforts are made to increase and embrace diversity. There are a number of social equity clubs: GSA, CORE, and We the People. While there are always crappy teenage boys, the vast majority of the student body is smart, kind, and respectful. There are a few great AP options and opportunities to take classes with Central Academy and DMACC. Only French and Spanish are taught here. Math classes extend to BC calculus. Science classes include bio, chem, and physics, and their ap counterparts. English classes only last 1 semester, and normally aren’t very rigorous. This is a good school to attend, solid 8.3/10.
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Johnston High School gives opportunities to every student that walks through their doors. There are key points why this school is excellent for all of their students that come everyday to learn and expand their knowledge. Teacher involvement is a characteristic that I see in my school stand out a lot. Teachers greet and wait by the doors as they watch their students enter the classroom. They ask everyone how their day has been and take time off of teaching to talk to us. This is important to everyone because you never know what could be happening to students when they leave the classroom. Even if they have the biggest smile inside of school, they could be a different person outside of school. You never know what could be happening in someone’s life, and this little break off of teaching to get to talk with the students about life can do a lot of positive things. The little act of kindness also makes us feel safe and know that the teachers would protect us under any circumstance.
Great school spirit, there's always something going on and students are very involved in sports, clubs, and activities. New high school opened 2017-2018 school year, the facilities are excellent and the building is clean and well-maintained. Wonderful staff members, it's easy to build a relationship with all the teachers. There's a good selection of AP classes that really prepare you for college level coursework. Although there is a lot of students, the Johnston school district really makes and effort to connect all students and parents in the community.