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Ankeny High School was named to the US News & World Report 2015 List of Best High Schools

Northeast Elementary School
is a 2014 Blue Ribbon School

Northeast Elementary: "50 Best American Public Elementary Schools" according to

2015 "Best of Des Moines" School District; Des Moines Cityview
District News & Announcements
Ankeny Seniors and Teachers Honored at 13th Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony
Four Ankeny students, Kory Ford and Andrew Klinker of Ankeny Centennial and Sony Hoang and Elizabeth Pritchard of Ankeny High School, have been honored at the 13th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony in Des Moines. Click here to read more about this year's Governor's Scholars. 
U.S. News and World Report Ranks Ankeny Among the State and Nation's Best High Schools
The Ankeny Community School District has high school achievement data that is among the best in Iowa and the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 analysis of high schools across America.  Ankeny High School received a silver medal, placing the school in the top 12 percent of high schools in the nation and top five percent in Iowa. Ankeny High School was one of only three metro-area schools listed in Iowa's top 15.  Read more about the U.S. News recognition here.
Program to Collect School Supplies for Students in Need
Ankeny Community Education and Project Fresh Start are gearing up to continue their decade-long tradition of providing school supplies and backpacks to students in need in the Ankeny community.  They are currently collecting cash donations and school supplies for their Days of Giving and need your help.  Learn more about Days of Giving here.
New 'Child Work Permit' Process
In the past, local school officials have issued Iowa Child Labor Work permits.  Effective June 1, school administrators will no longer be issuing Work Permits.  Youth, parents and employers will now complete a simplified form.  The form and instructions are available on the Division of Labor website at  Questions can be directed to
Any Work Permit applications that have already been submitted to the school will continue to be processed.

Two Ankeny Students Place First in Optimist Oratorical Contest
Two Ankeny Centennial High School students received top honors in the Iowa Optimist Oratorical Contest.  Senior Brea Young won first place in the girls' division and senior Anthony DeFino won first place in the boys' division in the district competition on May 9 in Des Moines.  Read more about their achievement.
Last chance to register for summer Community Education courses
Summer is almost here!  Ankeny Community Education (CE) wants to keep you and your children busy this summer with a variety of class opportunities.  Youth course options include robotics, video game design, Circus Academy, and more.  Adult class options include Zumba®, Tai Chi, yoga, and more. 
Don't miss out!  Register today!  For more information, please contact Community Education at 289-3960.

Students learn about language and culture through French exchange -
Twenty Ankeny high school students from AHS and ACHS participated in a French Exchange trip this past March, and then played host to French students in Ankeny in April. These trips are an opportunity for cultural and linguistic exchange with the Lycée Européen, a school in Villers-Cotterets, France. The exchange is designed to improve and apply students’ French language skills in the real world, and also provides many historical and cultural experiences to expand their global knowledge. Learn more about the French exchange trip here.
AHS Inducts 38 Students into National Honor Society
The Ankeny High School National Honor Society held its induction ceremony in the AHS auditorium on Tuesday, April 28. 38 students were admitted as members, including 14 sophomores, 20 juniors, and 4 seniors. Click here to read more about this year's National Honor Society inductees. 
55 AHS and ACHS Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Fifty-five Ankeny High School and Ankeny Centennial High School student-athletes were honored with  National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremonies at ACHS and AHS on May 6. The students were joined by family, friends and coaches as they were recognized for having been offered collegiate athletic scholarships or preferred walk-on status. 
Read more about the ceremonies here.
Wichman named Prairie Ridge Middle School Principal
Pending approval by the Ankeny Board of Education on May 18, the Ankeny Community School District is pleased to announce Mr. Jim Wichman as the new principal for Prairie Ridge Middle School. Mr. Wichman is currently a middle school principal for Central-Clinton Community School District in DeWitt, Iowa.  Read more about Mr. Wichman.
Ankeny Schools Receives Two Awards for Financial Reporting
The Ankeny Community School District has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, and a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International.  The district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, qualified for both awards, and included the meticulous work completed by many district departments throughout the school year. 
Read more about the awards here.
Northview and Southview 9th Graders Receive Presidential Award for Academic Excellence
Northview and Southview Middle Schools awarded ninth-grade students with the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. Northview held a ceremony for their award winners on April 22, Southview held a similar ceremony on April 23. Click here to read more about Ankeny's Presidential Award Winners. 
10 Ankeny Centennial French Students Earn Top 10 Rankings on Annual National French Exam
Ankeny Centennial French students earned high marks recently on the National French Exam (Le Grand Concours) administered each spring. Click here to read more about ACHS students and the National French Exam. 
22 Ankeny Centennial Students Achieve National and State Recognition on National Spanish Exam
Twenty-two Ankeny Centennial Spanish students earned national and state recognition for their outstanding performance on the 2015 National Spanish Exam administered this spring. ACHS students in Spanish I through Spanish V participated in the annual exam. Click here to read more about ACHS students and the National Spanish Exam. 
Rick Nelson to be named AHS head football coach -
Pending approval by the Ankeny Board of Education on May 4, Mr. Rick Nelson will be named as the new varsity head football coach for Ankeny High School (AHS). Nelson is currently the offensive line coach for the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers football team in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Ankeny Schools selected Nelson from a strong pool of nearly 20 outstanding candidates.  Read more about the new AHS football coach here.

School surplus items auction now open; visit K-Bid to bid -
Ankeny Community Schools is now holding a district inventory surplus sale online, including portable classrooms, vehicles and weight equipment. The district utilizes K-Bid, an online auction service to sell surplus items.  Our auctions are now OPEN and closes May 17, May 21 and May 27.  Photos are available online, or appointments to inspect items in person can be made by calling 515-480-1604, or emailing Please visit the K-Bid auction site here to view items for sale and bid:

Before And After-School Summer Adventures Camp Registration Now Open!
A summer full of sizzling fun is planned for students who have completed grades K-5 at the Before and After-School Program’s Summer Adventures Camp.  There is something for everyone in this summer camp that’s jam-packed with hands-on enrichment fun!  Select the camps you want, don’t pay for those you don't.  Campers may register for only one or two weeks, or the entire summer.  For more information and to register, visit the Before and After-School Program website.

Register for Camp Invention hosted by Community Education
Ankeny Community Education is partnering with Camp Invention to host the second annual summer camp at Ashland Ridge Elementary!  Some of the activities your child will experience include, building freestyle racing carts, creating a prototype video game with characters, and inventing machines.  Did you go last year? Camp Invention reinvents summer fun for a different experience that your child will never forget!  This year’s camp director is Stephanie Berg, sixth grade history teacher at Parkview.  Camp will be June 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register your incoming first through sixth grade child today.  For more information visit

Booster Club Summer Camps registration open:
Take advantage of excellent opportunities for your child to develop and maintain fitness while improving sports skills and techniques.  Coaches from AHS, ACHS, Northview, Southview, Parkview, and Prairie Ridge will be coaching an abundance of camps this summer to benefit students of all ages.  Go to to view camps and register today!

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