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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Linn-Mar High School is a highly rated, public school located in Marion, IA. It has 2,141 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.

Linn-Mar High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1320
41 responses
Average ACT
27
377 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
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  2. Good for Families
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  3. Housing
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Median Household Income
$69,496
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$658
National
$949
Median Home Value
$161,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
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.26 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 101 responses
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  • Homecoming and Prom week
    14%
  • Marching band
    13%
  • Homecoming week and school parade
    13%
  • Football games
    11%
  • The dances
    10%
  • Show Choir
    10%
  • Classes
    9%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,141
Free or Reduced Lunch
15%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,255
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.1%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$12,796/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.50 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.50 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.50 responses
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Linn-Mar High School Reviews

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The school itself does well enough and as far as high schools go, it’s about as middle of the line an experience as you’ll find. Good programs generally, but staff aren’t always the most qualified and worst case scenario, have been volatile enough to discourage students from being involved in certain classes. Others are very dedicated and care very much about the students, so both ends of the spectrum are present.

The school has an excellent arts program, but the board doesn’t seem to care and pours most of its (already nonexistent) funds into the football and basketball teams, that only ever seem to lose in spite of the scale of the financial assistance dedicated to them. Super talented singers, dancers, speakers and artists. And girl’s volleyball. Could definitely be worse. Could definitely do better.
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I liked that Lin-Mar High Scholl had teachers you can connect with. Even though I am in college now I still go back to see my favorite High School teachers. I wish Linn-Mar had more diversity. Sure, there are students of a different culture but I feel as though those students don't really interact with anyone else, there is a club called ALO, but only students of color join. I like that Linn-Mar has a diversity fair every year where students of different cultures come together and teach others about their culture, it seemed like it brought every student into the gym, it was very cool.
I feel like Linn-Mar does a very good job getting students ready for college. It really helped me to be able to meet with my counselor whenever I needed to talk about my classes or major, and the counselors were always willing to help you. Linn-Mar was a great high school where students can feel safe, cared for and get really good and trusted high school education.
What I like about Linn Mar High School most is that they focus on the students learning subjects, instead of getting high scores. Linn Mar has introduced a new grading system that helps promote this way of thinking called standard based grading which had helped me to focus less on the grades. I also appreciate how my school has such a wonderful staff, who are always willing to help me when I have questions about the assignments, even when they are doing other things at the moment. There is no such thing as a perfect school, and there never will be. The thing that sets Linn Mar High School ahead of most, is how hard they try to improve.