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Ankeny High School

Public | 10-12 | 1684 students


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Posted April 8, 2013

I'm actually a former student, but apparently those who had to deal with principals and parent influence on a daily basis aren't qualified to comment on them. Plenty of programs for everyone, facilities are good, and certain departments (bio, spanish, chemistry, physics) have excellent teachers. However, other departments (english, history, math) have fairly terrible teachers. For the middle 2/3 of the students at AHS, the program functions like a conveyor belt, moving students from one end of their careers to the other without having done anything. The lower end of each class is largely ignored, and little effort is made to actually make them better; instead, they'll graduate without having met the requirements. For the top level of each class, special favors and opportunities will be offered, which is pretty nice. However, if you are a part of that group and don't fit leadership's mold, they will make every effort to discourage you from being a part of that group. The aforementioned mold: white; politically correct; lived in Iowa (pref. Ankeny) whole life; involved in football, basketball, or cheer. If you fail to meet more than one of those, prepare to be discriminated against!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2011

District needs to get a grip on attitude, politics and social status. Mindset of the best district has gone way overboard here. The students of social status, athletics and money have a free pass to not follow the rules, bully other students and basically get away with everything. While the students of less means are picked on continually. High school administration is too busy to make a safer and comfortable environment for learning. Way overcrowded and cater to the social status of parents and students. We have been here for 5 years and have come from other districts outside the state. I have been highly involved in volunteering at school and association with teachers and principals through entire student career of my children and am truly appalled. The High school principal has been the worse with ALL my interactions with her. With overcrowding, attitudes of administration and the way my children feel uncomfortable on a daily basis we are leaving the district. Kids need to feel safe, comfortable and looked upon with dignity and respect as an individual. How are they to better learn otherwise?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 5, 2010

the ankeny school district I feel is a very crowded school district and I don't like it. The people there are rude and act like they are better than everyone else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2009

Great opportunities at this school! I've had one child graduate from Ankeny High School and have 2 that are currently seniors. They have all had wonderful experiences - with academics and athletics. As a parent of 3 going to college at basically the same time, the partnership with Des Moines Area Community College has been super! They will have earned at least 78 credits between the 3 of them for NO COST to us! I think that is awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 22, 2009

We have one of the best High Schools around. We are rated in the top 10 in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2008

Great school. Size is getting out of hand but they just need to add on and not build two high schools. This would ruin athletics at Ankeny, and all the great things that are going on at the school. Being a former student I know that all the things there are going well and don't fix something that isn't broken. But they definitely needs to add on, no big deal.

Posted March 8, 2008

It's's REALLY crowded. But the extra curriculars are awesome and the teachers are really nice. We are pretty much the best at everything, and I've really enjoyed my time here. There are some drug and pregnancy problems, but you get that everywhere. Overall, this school is pretty good. The teachers are great for advanced learning, and they cater to the studen't needs. We are very good at pretty much all the sports and activities, and we win everything. A great school. The only drawback is the Portables, age, and the crowds. They are building another school, so look into that if you can.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 4, 2007

Ankeny is a great district! Teachers are great and above the norm. They will go out of their way to help students in their personal lives as well as their academic success. The only thing lacking is the lack of quality of the building.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 29, 2007

as a current student at ankeny I can say first hand that it is an above average school. there are many advanced courses to choose from that can earn you college credit at most if not all the Iowa colleges. there are also many dual credit classes with DMACC which is very close to the school. our athletic teams are also very good and have won many titles through the years. our drama department is also above average and has been invited to go Scotland in recent years. I really have no complaints about the school except for the size. there are currently over 500 students in my graduating class and the halls can be a bit crowed. however I think that all the teachers here do their best to get to know their students and size is not a huge issue
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 5, 2005

Ankeny is your typical midwestern great school. As a student going there i can say it is a white school. I can count on my hand the number of minorities, but it's not a problem. Although football is of course and obsession like more schools our Girls athletics are Outstanding and have won many championships. The teachers are mostly all well liked and it you can really tell, when college is on break on our halls are flooded with former students coming to say hi to all their teachers. Some people hate us but it's a good school once ya come!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 9, 2005

After reading the few reviews of Ankeny I decided to give my own since I went to school there and my children did also for a few years until we moved. Minority issues? I don't know about that. It's a mainly white school but that just reflects the population. My class was 345 and we probably had 8 to 10 minorities. There were no issues related to race, etc. As for gifted students, Ankeny's programs are outstanding. Most teachers are supportive; in every school you are going to have teachers with their own 'issues.' That's called life. The Ankeny school system is great; the only issue I've ever had a problem with was sports. If you're not really really good at your sport, forget about participating. So there are kids that can get a little lost in the school system because of its size. I say build two high schools!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 21, 2004

In general the academics are above average, but this community is growing so fast that the school is struggling to adapt. Minority issues abound. If you are a minority and are thinking about sending your children to Ankeny you should be willing to get involved and help the school work through it's issues, because at the present time, the minority kids are undersupported and misunderstood.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2004

Ankeny H.S. has programs that meet the needs of average students. Students who need advanced or gifted and tatented programs are sorely left out. Many teachers there are intimidated by students who are able to do college level academics. This atmosphere leaves these students feeling frustrated and isolated. If you are looking for advanced programs in this region, the Des Moines public schools are the only one that offers a comprehensive(from K-12) advanced program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2003

The best I've ever seen. The learning environment and the teachers are superb.
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

563 students were tested at this school in 2013.





The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

563 students were tested at this school in 2013.




Scale: % proficient or advanced

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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


All Students93%
African Americann/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a


All Students94%
African Americann/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities32%
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 91% 81%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
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 9%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1302 North Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9630


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