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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
South Tama County High School is a public school located in Tama, IA. It has 474 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

South Tama County High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
Average ACT
22
55 responses
AP Enrollment
4%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$51,337
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$703
National
$949
Median Home Value
$84,500
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
43%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
29%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 12 responses
  • I love tennis, homecoming, prom, and sport events
    25%
  • I love the Prom and After Prom Events
    25%
  • The rivalry game vs Grinnell
    25%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • The State Competitions
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
474
Free or Reduced Lunch
51%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,783
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
44%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$14,494/ year
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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South Tama has it's ups and it's downs. Faculty are fairly good at helping students! Although, some are more likely to put students they like more ahead, while the rest are on the back burner. Academically, it's average, PSEO's and harder classes are more than likely to go to the students who's families have the most money, as are key varsity positions and other positions of power within the student body. Athletically the school is about what she, with a team coming out victorious every other year, depending. Diversity is pretty big around south Tama but it's not all that celebrated or that big of a deal.
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South Tama High School has its pros and cons. The school has so much diversity and is awesome to see that they take pride it it. People from all different backgrounds can succeed. The classes are taught well by good teachers and because of the small community, students are able to form connections more easily with teachers. I do think that the fine arts are overlooked a lot by the sports programs, even though some years they do better. The lack of support for kids in choir, band, and speech can be upsetting at times, but I do see the school making steps to improve it. South Tama has many people who are involved in a variety of activities from athletics (like football, track, and soccer) to fine arts (like band, choir, plays, and speech) to other activities (like student council, FFA, and leadership). Overall, I believe that South Tama is a good school with a great future ahead.
My experience at South Tama County High School was full of diversity and overcoming boundaries. There are so many cultures in the community and the school does a great job of taking pride in that. The amount of activities in this area where very limited when I was a freshman. I took part in the leadership seminar class and we pushed for new ideas and ‘The Trojan Way’ to become a way to come together as students and staff at South Tama. It is a small town so the community tends to be involved in everything especially the drama that happens at the high school, since it is the heart of the community.