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Ankeny High Schools Among the Best in Iowa

ANKENY, Iowa (May 10, 2018) - The Ankeny Community School District again has high school achievement data that is among the best in Iowa and the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 analysis of high schools across America.


 Both Ankeny high schools have received a silver ranking:

Ankeny Centennial High School

  • #5 in Iowa
  • #1735 in the nation

Ankeny High School

  • #13 in Iowa
  • #2521 in the nation

The 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on data collected from more than 20,500 public U.S. high schools from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.


According to U.S. News, the rankings methodology is based on four key indicators: 1) Students exceed expectations in reading and mathematics assessments in proportion to student body and socio-economic indicators; 2) Underserved/sub-group populations of students performed better than the state average on assessments; 3) Student graduation rates met a threshold of at least 80 percent; 4) Students were prepared for college-level coursework such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

Read more about the rankings and the analysis of high schools at the U.S. News and World Report website.