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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Norwalk Senior High School is a highly rated, public school located in Norwalk, IA. It has 853 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Norwalk Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
Average ACT
26
175 responses
AP Enrollment
30%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$82,289
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$795
National
$949
Median Home Value
$189,500
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 58 responses
  • Homecoming Week
    21%
  • Last day of school
    19%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Senior Blow-Out
    17%
  • Homecoming Community Pep-Rally
    9%
  • Senior TPing of the school
    7%
  • Senior Campout
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
853
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,092
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.2%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$11,687/ year
National
$12,239
66%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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I really enjoy my teachers. They are super caring and are great at helping when students are struggling. I also really enjoy the accepting atmosphere at the school. Not very many people judge and new students are helped and are never alone. If I had to change something, I would change how large classes are. Most classes are 28-30 students with only one teacher. So trying to learn can be rather difficult. It’s also rather crowded at lunch and the cafeteria gets full quickly. But overall Norwalk is a great school with amazing teachers!
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My experience at Norwalk High School has overall been pretty good. My teachers have all been great and I feel like I am prepared for what life brings after I graduate from Norwalk. At Norwalk, each student has the opportunity to be provided with devices that help to enhance their learning whether they learn from home or from school. The administrators have been great at adjusting and making guidelines for COVID-19 and this has helped immensely to make everyone feel safe and healthy. One thing I would change is that bullying is not taken as seriously as is promised in the handbook. I have peers who are daily patronized by other peers, being called slurs or other hurtful names and the peers who bully or name call are not held accountable for thier actions. Other than this aspect, Norwalk has done a great job of preparing its graduates for life after high school and making sure each student has the best experience.
It is a very good high school academic and activity wise! There are tons of options for taking classes at the school and online through a community college nearby. We have a lot of sports but also a lot of clubs and other extra things students have the option to do. The reason I did not give it a 5 star is because of the typical issues that come with small town high schools. Everyone gossips, every spreads rumors, no one can keep things to themselves, and there is drama.