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Points of Pride

  • On the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, ACSD students consistently test proficient above state averages. 

    For the 2005-2006 School Year, ACSD 4th grade students’ average scores in Reading were 4.77 points above the state average for proficiency; 8th grade students reading scores were 11.37 points above the state average; and in grade 11, reading scores were 11.55 points above the state average when measuring student proficiency.

    In the math category, ACSD fourth grade students scored nearly 3 points above the state average for proficiency, ACSD students in grade 8 scored 11.65 points above state average, and 11th grade students scored 14.94 points above the state average for proficiency. 
  • There were 12 Presidential Scholars in the Ames High Class of 2006. Only 141 students nationwide are recognized each year as Presidential Scholars.

    In the AHS Class of 2007, there are 16 National Merit Finalists, 17 National Merit Semifinalists and 14 National Merit Commended Students.

    Ames High School student performance on the ACT and SAT annually exceed state and national averages:

        •         Ames High School ACT average is 24.9 compared to the state of Iowa average of 22.1 and a National average of 21.1

        •         Ames High School averages for the SAT are Reading 619; Mathematics 649 and Writing 607

  • Nearly three-fourths of Ames High School's 2006 graduates enrolled in a four-year college or university.
  • Additionally, another 20% of Ames High School's 2006 graduates continued their educations at community colleges or vocational schools.
  • In May 2006, 226 AHS students took 359 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Of those, 88% earned a score of 3 or higher.
  • 14 AHS students were named Commended Students in the 2006 National Merit Program.

    Four of the last five years, Ames High School has had a student achieve a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.  Most recently, AHS Senior Mark Fang achieved a perfect score in September, 2006.
  • For the 15th consecutive year, the Ames Middle School Science Olympiad took first place honors at the Iowa Science Olympiad state tournament March 24. This qualifies the team to represent the state of Iowa in the Middle School Division at the National Science Olympiad competition.

Staff Statistics :
Teachers : 355
Educational Assistants : 122
Support Staff : 95
Administrators : 21
Total Staff : 589

  • 81% of teachers have completed semester hours beyond their bachelors degree.
  • 47 % of teachers have Masters degrees.
  • 7 % hold doctorate degrees
  • 4 teachers have National Teaching Certification.
  • 15% of the staff have worked in the district for 20 years or more.

Parent and Community Relations :
The district offers the following opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the district. They include :

  • Board of Education
  • Parent Teacher Organizations
  • Planning and advisory committees.
  • Booster Clubs for athletics and fine arts
  • Parents and community involvement in student activities
  • Active volunteer participation in each school and at the district level.
  • Business and organization partnerships
  • Ames Education Foundation
  • Ames High School Alumni Association


The district's rigorous curriculum addresses the needs of all learners through researched based instruction. Curriculum is guided by the district's mission statement, high student expectations , standards , educational research, best practices, and student assessment. Professional staff development is on-going and embedded, addressing areas
such as :

  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Literacy
  • Learning Strategies
  • Changing needs of students and families
  • School reform


It is the policy of the Ames Community School District to maintain a nondiscriminatory environment in every aspect of the operation of the District. The District will provide equal educational and employment opportunities without regard to sex, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability in its educational programs
and activities or its employment and personnel policies. Dr. Tim Taylor, Deputy Superintendent, is the reporting officer for affirmative action, desegregation, and discrimination. 
Any questions should be directed to: Dr. Tim E. Taylor - Educational Services Center
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