Points of Pride
- On the
Iowa Test of Basic Skills, ACSD students
consistently test proficient above state averages.
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.
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
High School ACT average is 24.9 compared to the
state of Iowa average of 22.1 and a National
average of 21.1
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
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
- Learning Strategies
- Changing needs of students and families
- School reform