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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  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
1290
17 responses
Average ACT
27
265 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$95,565
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,076
National
$949
Median Home Value
$237,600
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.31 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 83 responses
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  • Football games
    28%
  • Rock around the Clock
    27%
  • Cookie Day
    12%
  • Fundraising events
    10%
  • Senior Challenge
    7%
  • Show Choir
    6%
  • Dig Pink Spike Blue
    5%

Students

Diversity
C+
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.33 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,341
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.3%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Very 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.47 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.47 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 responses
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Johnston Senior High School Reviews

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According to statistics, Johnston High School is one highest ranking schools in the Des Moines merto in academics. While academics are great, the teachers aren't the best. Most students would say they don't teach and usually favor some students over others.
If you were a student at JHS, you would need to find a way to fit in. Usually that includes being in a sport, club, or extracurricular activity. If you were not, you would be an outcast. The culture of JHS is mostly centered around sports and the individual themselves.
I would like to see the teachers engaging the students into learning rather then leading them to disliking the class. I would also like to see some more classes being added to the school as it is limited right now compared to other nearby schools.
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Overall, my experience in high school was decent. If you are involved in choir or sports, you most likely will feel welcomed and have a better experience. I say that because during my time there, it felt like the faculty and staff praised the students involved in those two areas. I managed to get through the high school experience thanks to the friends I made there and the teachers I had that made me feel welcomed. However, I hope that this school becomes successful in getting more involved with the mental health issues it has a history with.
I loved attending Johnston Senior High School. The teachers really showed an interest in my learning. My favorite thing was all of the extracurricular activities they have. There is archery, bowling, swimming, track, cross-country, cheerleading, show choir, choir, dance team, football, basketball, volleyball and more! Even better they allow you to do more than one. For example, I was on cheer, dance team, color guard, band, jazz band, cross-country, track, show choir, choir, all-state choir, and I even tried wrestling for a year. This is a place where you can be anything you want to be while still getting a top notch education. I don't have any complaints about this school.