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Grinnell Community Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 570 students

 
 

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Posted June 10, 2014

Grinnell schools are great if you are an average to intelligent kid, or great at a sport or an extracurricular. Not a lot of thought is given to anything outside the box, but that seems to be an Iowan trait. It's important to conform here and fit in. If you don't, good luck. There's a divide between town and gown kids, and it shows in the way the administration treats students. I think if you're good at being good, you'll do fine here. It's not an exceptional education but with nothing else available in the area it's your only choice.


Posted May 1, 2011

I really like GHS. The sports are fun, and include everybody. Not to mention the Boys Cross Country team has been to state 4 years in a row. This school has excellent teachers, and a good educational program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2009

The atmosphere is great; everyone knows each other, creating a tightly-knit bond that you might not find at a bigger school. You can find support and help from every teacher and every student. As a student, you are encouraged to do the activities at which you excel but you are also pushed to try your limits and do new things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Grinnell High School is a great place to create friendships have everlasting memories and of course to get a great education!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My kids have received the best high school education from Grinnell Newburg. The teachers are all wonderful and well qualified to lead our kids onto College.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

GHS continues to be a top-notch school. It's challenging curriculum, extensive extra curricular opportunities, and dedicated faculty and staff continues to be on the leading edge of the changing world today. Our school prepares college bound students for academia, as well as those choosing to come into the workforce and our community. I say, our because the Grinnell community has an invested interest in our schools, and a deep commitment to its success. I am an alumnus with three children in the district and proud to be a GHS supporter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

GHS is a great school! The staff go above and beyond to make sure the kids are well prepared for college and beyond. I am proud to say that I have had two children graduate from GHS and two more currently attending. GHS is truly outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Grinnell High School is tops in all respects. Great administrator and teacher leadership and a strong community to support all types of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

The students of GHS are great kids! Many students know the importance of giving back to the community and are involved in many community service projects. They provide good role models for our younger children in the community. The staff continues to go above and beyond to help each student. The principal and staff have created a very caring atmosphere at the high school. This then sets the tone for the students to care about each other also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Why I love Grinnell Newburg comm. high school , my husband and I graduated from there and my children attend. They have a lot to offer from the sports to drama to many fine arts. There is something for all the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

We have so many activities for students to get involved with, a caring staff that goes above and beyond to serve the needs to each student, and rich tradition of fine arts, athletics, and academic excellence.


Posted September 16, 2009

The GHS principal, teachers, and staff are focused on educating the students and the students are invigorated and inspired to grow in this great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

I was a problem child as a kid, and was sent away. I came back after being sent off in my Middle School years, and tried the High School for a short time. I gave up on it too soon, but I have a daughter and a nephew that go there currently. Like any mid-sized school, you have your ups and downs, popular and not popular kids. Grinnell school systems in gneral are very good, and I agree with the person who said it has excellent resources from Grinnell College, and maybe the community college too, which is only a couple blocks away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

I attended Grinnell High and graduated in 2006. The school has great academics and most of the teachers are wonderful with exception of few, whom everyone knows. The school allows a lot of behavior problems that need to be addressed. I know many people who had to leave the high school and go to an alternative school because of the harassment from other students. A lot of these kids that were harassing other students had no penalties for the actions. In Grinnell it matters who your parents, and depending on who they are, thats how the students will be treated. It's terrible but the honest truth. I suggest you take your children to another school, Brooklyn & Montezuma are not a far commute.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2008

Grinnell High School has very dedicated teachers. Students in both the high and low socioeconomic areas seem to get attention. It's the average kids in the middle who seem to get short changed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

Grinnell High School is a good school academically, and has many more resources than most schools it's size, however, they will not allow homeschooled students who transfer in to graduate. Parents should also be aware that they also do not allow previously homeschooled students to be ranked in their individual class or to apply for any scholarships.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 12, 2004

Grinnell is an incredible school system. Exceeding expectations in every possible way. The facilty is world class and encourages students to try harder - be smarter and want more from life. The community is blessed to have an excellent college as a fixture and resource. Students who want to achieve are encouraged to do so - students who have trouble - find support. This is education at its best. With a far better staff than many private schools - Grinnell has been a training ground for world changers and earth movers. Dreamers who dream big - and know how to pursue them. A wonderful place to be from and a joy to have learned there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2003

In the 1960's when attending Grinnell High School I felt the teachers were very qualified and desired to see each student do their best. I believe at that time the school was rated in the top 10% of the State of Iowa and in the top 2% of the nation overall. I am very grateful for the teachers who took time with me and cared about my education.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%
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 Students87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities50%
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 92% 81%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 35%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1333 Sunset St
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: (641) 236-2720

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