#53 High School in IA and #3 in Story County

Ames High School

1921 Ames High Drive, Ames, IA 50010

How Good is Ames High School?

Report Card

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

Ames High School is located in Ames, Iowa. Serving grades 9-12, the school has 1277 students and a student–teacher ratio of 17 students per teacher.

When compared to other schools in Iowa it is above average and has received and a grade of A- from The School Review. Of high schools, Ames High School ranks 53 in the state and 3 for its county.

For our analysis we use data provided by the schools to the U.S. Department of Education. 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. To learn more about how our grading 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 grade. For academics, Ames High School performs above average when compared to other high schools in Iowa and received the grade of A for this measure.

Source: IA Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A
Test Performance Excellent
AP/IB Participation Excellent
SAT/ACT Participation Good

Learning Enviroment

A school’s learning environment is scored by looking at a number of factors including student–teacher ratio, teacher certifications and absenteeism rate. For learning environment, Ames High School performs slightly below average when compared to other high schools in Iowa and earned the grade of C+ for this measure.

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


Factors such as suspension rate and number of physical altercations at a school are used to determine our safety score. Ames High School performs slightly above average compared to other Iowa high schools for safety. The school's grade for this metric is B+.

Safety Grade B+
In-School Suspensions N/A
Out-of-School Suspensions Good
Physical Altercations Very Good


The demographics of the student body at Ames High School are summarized below. A school’s demographics are not a factor when calculating its score.

Students w/ Disablities
IA Avg. 12%
Free Lunch
IA Avg. 31%
Econ. Disadvantaged
IA Avg. 38%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 1,277
Minority Students 382
Diversity Index 34
Students with Disablities 86
Economically Disadvantaged 26%
Limited English Proficiency 1%
Gifted Students 24%

Compare Nearby Schools

You can find the closest high schools to Ames High School below. Use the table to compare The School Review’s scores for these nearby schools. If you would like a complete list of local schools, visit the Ames, Iowa schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Gilbert High School A+ A+ A- A+
2 Ballard High School A- B+ A+ A
3 Nevada High School B+ B A+ B
4 Roland-Story High School A- A- B A
5 Boone High School B- B- C B

Ames High School - Quick FAQ

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

  • How many students attend Ames High School? 1277
  • Is Ames High School a good school? The school received an overall grade of A-, which means it is above average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Ames High School in? The school is located in Story County.
  • How can I contact Ames High School? The school's number is (515) 817-0600. You can visit their website at http://www.ames.k12.ia.us/AHS/AHS.html.
  • Where is Ames High School? 1921 Ames High Drive, Ames, Iowa 50010

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
Gilbert High School
312 Gretten Gilbert, IA 50105
Ballard High School
701 Ballard Drive Huxley, IA 50124
Nevada High School
1001 15th St Nevada, IA 50201
Roland-Story High School
1009 Story St Story City, IA 50248
Boone High School
400 7th St Boone, IA 50036