Safe and Drug-Free Schools Goal
The Ankeny Community School District is committed to ensuring that every learner is able to achieve a lifetime of personal success. Our goal to achieve a graduation rate of 100%.
- During the 2015-2016 school year, 97.03% of Ankeny students graduated as compared to the state average of 91.26%. (Graduation rate is reported by the Iowa Department of Education one year in arrears.)
In addition to utilizing graduation rates to measure efforts to maintain a safe and drug free learning environment, the district also reviews and analyzes data compiled from the Iowa Youth Survey (IYS). The Iowa Department of Public Health collaborates with schools in Iowa to conduct this survey. The survey is conducted with students in grades 6, 8, and 11 attending Iowa public and private schools. The IYS includes questions about students’ behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs as well as their perceptions of peer, family, school, neighborhood, and community environments.
The goal of the IYS is to help state and county-level planners, community agencies, and school personnel identify youth development needs, implement relevant, targeted interventions, and assess outcomes. The IYS helps Iowa school districts assess their relative strengths and weaknesses as well as collaborate with community providers to develop programs to meet students’ needs.
The Ankeny School District will be participating in the Iowa Youth Survey during the fall semester of the 2014-15 school year. The district has implemented a number of programs and supports to meet the needs of students. These include but are not limited to:
Intervention Services are provided for identified students in 6th-12th grade who are experiencing difficulty in the content areas of math or literacy. Purposeful, directed, timely, and targeted interventions are provided for students based on need. Push-in programming is the primary structure to provide interventions, with occasional pull-out programming provided if necessary. Core teachers and interventionists work collaboratively to determine student need and use formative assessment data to drive their instructional decisions.
After School Assistance
After school assistance is offered in grades 6-12 for all students. It can be either an optional or required after school component designed to help students who need assistance with current coursework and/or credit recovery. After school programming is facilitated by building staff throughout the school year. Individual buildings establish dates and times for after school assistance.
Alternative High School Program - Located in the Neveln Center
The alternative high school program is a secondary intervention intended for students who display the highest risk of not earning a high school diploma. Curricular offerings include independent study, Edgenuity learning environment. A connection to the student's career interest is also a key component. The alternative high school program is facilitated by five teachers with certifications in language arts, math, social studies, science, and special education. A full-time counselor, as well as, upport by social workers serve the program.
Success Center is a high school intervention programming option for students who may be struggling academically, credit deficient, or need additional supports in order to be successful in a comprehensive secondary school structure. The Success Center provides students with a more personal educational setting. Students experience a smaller student/teacher ratio and benefit from more individualized instruction of the core courses. Students are eligible for the Success Center if they have been identified at-risk through the district's identification process.
Credit recovery is a secondary intervention available for 9th-12th grade students who have failed a core course and meet at-risk criteria through the district’s identification process. Students work with an at-risk teacher to ensure integrity of instruction and credit completion. Credits are traditionally earned through the Edgenuity learning environment and are accepted on a student’s transcript on a pass/fail basis. Credit recovery options are available during the course of the school year, as well as during the summer.
The school counselors, student advocates, school resource officers and Juvenile Court School Liaisons (JCSLs) work at the elementary, middle and high school levels to supplement the needs of students in the areas of social/emotional needs, attendance, and connectivity to school. School counselors, student advocates, and JCSLs work collaboratively with families, students, agencies, and schools to help support the social emotional needs of students, as well as break down connectivity barriers that may exist.