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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Mason City High School is a public school located in Mason City, IA. It has 1,017 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 80% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

Mason City High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
80%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
Average ACT
25
96 responses
AP Enrollment
15%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$49,656
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$708
National
$949
Median Home Value
$110,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
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  • Homecoming Assembly
    35%
  • Girl's basketball games
    18%
  • Band activities
    12%
  • Football Games
    12%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Swim meets
    12%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,017
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,994
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.4%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$12,364/ year
National
$12,239
72%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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Mason City High School Reviews

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This school has a great focus on a few sports, Special Olympics, and school spirit. Their passion for children who are less fortunate is inspiring, offering free lunch and other supplies. Mason City's choir and band are the best programs of their school, in my opinion. These programs bring kids of all walks of life together. Academics could be better, focusing on the teaching aspect. There are too many teachers who don't enjoy their work, which can be frustrating to the kids. But the teachers who do love their jobs are fantastic teachers and are understanding of kids' situations. Overall, my experience of MCHS was average. Considering the Covid-19 shutdown, MCHS handled the situation pretty well.
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Mason City High School is in a great small town, with 800 students. We have lots of after school activities and sports teams. Hockey, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, golf, swimming, volleyball, cross country, track and field, football, wrestling. The hard part is our school is the largest in our area. We have to travel to Des Moines, 2 hours each way. Mason City is competitive with the small schools around us, but not within the capital of Des Moines. We play for the love of our sports!
At Mason City High School I really enjoy the overall atmosphere of the hallways and especially the music wing. Everyone seems to be connected and welcoming. The school tries to be really inclusive to all students which I appreciate, but not all the students try to be involved. What I would change about my high schools is mostly our school spirit about events. There are only a few event I can think of that people aren't excited about or just don't go to. I would like to see a change in the turn outs for every sport that is offered at MCHS. I would also like to see a change in how accepting people are of others. Many kids seem to be very degrading when it comes to people that "aren't normal" and it is really sad to see.