#189 High School in IA and #2 in Emmet County

North Union High School

600 4th Ave, Armstrong, IA 50514

How Good is North Union High School?

Report Card

C- Academic Results
C- Learning Enviroment
B+ School Safety
C Overall Grade

North Union High School is located in Armstrong, Iowa. An enrollment of 196 students and a student–teacher ratio of 12 students per teacher was reported by the school.

This school received an overall grade of C. Compared to other state schools North Union High School scores are slightly below average. Of high schools, North Union High School ranks 189 in the state and 2 for its county.

The School Review uses U.S. Department of Education school data for our analysis. These data are analyzed to calculate a grade for safety, academics and learning environment for each school. These scores are combined to calculate the overall grade. If you would like to know more about how our grading system works, please visit our methodology page.


For high schools, a number of factors, including standardized test scores, SAT participation and AP/IB enrollment are used to calculate a school’s academics score. North Union High School performs slightly below average compared to other Iowa high schools for academics. The school's grade for this metric is C-.

Source: IA Standardized Tests
Academics Grade C-
Test Performance Poor
AP/IB Participation N/A
SAT/ACT Participation Fair

Learning Enviroment

The learning environment at a school is evaluated by comparing a variety of factors such as teacher certification rates, student attendance and percentage of novice teachers. North Union High School performs slightly below average compared to other Iowa high schools for learning environment. The school's grade for this metric is C-.

Students : Teacher
IA Avg. 15
Uncertified Teachers
IA Avg. 0%
New Teachers
IA Avg. 10%
Learning Enviroment Grade C-
Student–Teacher Ratio Very Good
Student Absenteeism Poor
Teacher Absenteeism Poor
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Poor


A school’s safety score is determined by inspecting inputs such as a suspension rates and physical altercations. For safety, North Union High School performs slightly above average when compared to other high schools in Iowa and earned the grade of B+ for this measure.

Safety Grade B+
In-School Suspensions Good
Out-of-School Suspensions Excellent
Physical Altercations Good


An overview of the student body of North Union High School is shown below. The demographics of a school are not used as an input when determining its performance.

Students w/ Disablities
IA Avg. 12%
Free Lunch
IA Avg. 31%
Econ. Disadvantaged
IA Avg. 38%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 196
Minority Students 17
Diversity Index 10
Students with Disablities 26
Economically Disadvantaged 31%
Limited English Proficiency 1%
Gifted Students 23%

Compare Nearby Schools

The closest high schools to North Union High School are listed below. Use the table to compare The School Review’s scores for each of the nearby schools. For a full directory of Armstrong schools, go to the Armstrong, Iowa schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Fairmont Junior/Senior High School B B B- A-
2 Estherville Lincoln Central High School B- C A- A
3 Graettinger-Terril High School B- C A A-
4 Emmetsburg High School B C+ A B
5 Martin County West Senior High School A- A C- A+

North Union High School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students are enrolled at North Union High School? 196 students.
  • Is North Union High School a good school? The school received an overall grade of C, which means it is slightly below average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is North Union High School in? The school is located in Emmet County.
  • How can I contact North Union High School? The school's number is (712) 868-3542. You can visit their website at http://www.northunion.k12.ia.us/.
  • Where is North Union High School? 600 4th Ave, Armstrong, Iowa 50514

How we rate schools?

We rank high schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of high schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics using indicators of college readiness and likelihood of future college enrollment. These measures include the percent of students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and the percent of students taking the SAT or ACT. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, and chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Fairmont Junior/Senior High School
900 Johnson St Fairmont, MN 56031
Estherville Lincoln Central High School
1520 Central Ave Estherville, IA 51334
Graettinger-Terril High School
400 W Lost Island St Graettinger, IA 51342
Emmetsburg High School
205 King St Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Martin County West Senior High School
16 W 5th St Sherburn, MN 56171