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Newsweek Ranks Ankeny High School Among the Best in the Country

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ANKENY, Iowa (August 22, 2016) - Ankeny High School is among the best in Iowa and the country when it comes to high school achievement, according to Newsweek’s recent list of America’s Top High Schools for 2016. 
AHS ranks number six in the state and 324 out of the top 500 in the United States. 


“We are honored by Newsweek’s ranking,” said Dr. Jeff Hawkins, Ankeny High School Principal.  “With the guidance of our top-notch teaching staff that supports all learners, AHS students take pride in their own education and continually experience success in high school and beyond.”
Ankeny High School also made Newsweek's "Beating the Odds" list as one of the top schools in college prep for students who are in a more challenging economic environment.  AHS ranks number ten in the state and 357 nationally.
"As Superintendent of Schools, I am very proud of the learning culture being created at both high schools by our staff and students," said Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston.  "Awards of this nature affirm our focus on preparing Ankeny students for their next stage in life." 

How Newsweek Compiles its Top High Schools List

To compile its final list, Newsweek surveyed the high schools for college-readiness data.  A weighted College Readiness Index was created based on the following six indicators:
  • College Enrollment Rate—25 percent
  • Graduation Rate—20 percent
  • Weighted AP/IB/Dual Enrollment composite—17.5 percent
  • Weighted SAT/ACT composite—17.5 percent
  • Student Retention (change in student enrollment between 9th and 12th grades; this measure is intended to control for dropout rates)—10 percent
  • Counselor-to-Student Ratio—10 percent