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Ames Middle School

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Posted February 7, 2014

If you do NOT have a great IEP in place that outlines every aspect your child needs in special education-you are out of luck at this school. You must be the best advocate for your child. I have a tailored IEP for my child in special education. Last year individuals removed and reworded at least eleven accommodations without my knowledge or consent on his IEP. I requested it to be modified after it was illegally modified. This year, my child's teachers are working very hard to help him succeed. This year's recent IEP meeting went well except at the end of the meeting I was told by the education consultant that I "should think about scaling down-gradually removing my child's special education accommodations in high school because neither community colleges nor four year colleges would accept them." I was handed a four page summary from our local community college outlining the differences in the K-12 program compared to its "higher education " program. My child has FIVE years left in this public school system. Getting him through school is my main concern. He has specific learning disabilities and I am not about to "scale them down" while he is in the public school system. Advocacy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

School administrators are horrible, rude and they are not working for the kids. The principal "Pam" is certainly incompetent when it comes to bullying issues. They want to avoid issues at all costs and they do not support the victims at all because they just do not want to do the paperwork and or work in general in dealing with the bullies themselves and their parents. A shame since Ames is such a great community and use to be a great place to get an education for our children. Maybe it will improve with another principal and better bullying initiative. Praying this will not be another Columbine. Sorry, but these people just do not care about their jobs nor the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

Ames middle school. Everyone is horrible. The kids have no manners and are never disciplined. Majority of the teachers including the principal and they women in student services are fake. They are rude to your face and are very happy and more then willing to embarrass someone. They are rude and should be fired. take your kid somewhere else unless you want them to be bullied and have the immature adults not do anything about it. If you want a good education for you kid this is a good place but their lives will be miserable and there spirits may be crushed.


Posted October 19, 2009

The Ames Middle School is certainly top-notch. In general, the academics are above-average. Granted, the student's don't, by and large, help the atmosphere, but it is not a major issue. A sufficiently large amount of after-school activities and programs exist to make it easy to find a niche. i'd reccommend it
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2009

AMS is a great school. They actually care that the students learn. They make it interesting so the kids like it. The acedemics are second to none. There are a variety of after school programs that kids can get involved in. The parents seem to to be in the know. The most teachers answer emails fairly quick. You should no fears of what your child can learn and or become socially involved in the right enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

I love ames middle school It is really friendly and fun. and I learn alot
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2005

I go to AMS. At AMS there are so many extra cirricular programs. There is an ELP for kids who need to have a challenge. There are 4 extracurricular classes for kids interested in art. AMS has so many sports. In the fall there's volleyball, football, cross country and soccer. In the winter there's girls basketball, boys basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics. In the spring there's track. For other activites that aren't as active you can choose from mock trial, DI, band, chrous, orchestra, jazz band, SATB select choir, Science Olympiad, Lego League,talent show, and so much more. Parents have their own booster club to help raise money. It helps AMS to do some fun programs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2004

i this this is a great school. student here are friendly and hard working. there are a lot of activities students can join. mathcount,science olympia,drama club, etc.teachers here are highly leveled. as a current student of ames middle school, i think this is a great choice. kids here thinks it's fun to go to school. make a good choice!
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
African American61%
Asian100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learners73%

Reading

All Students82%
African American61%
Asian90%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learners55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
African American41%
Asian93%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
African American59%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
African American64%
Asian89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 81%
Black 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3915 Mortensen Rd
Ames, IA 50014
Phone: (515) 268-2400

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