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The District at a Glance

 

With three rebuilt and two newly remodeled elementary schools, a state-of-the-art middle school and a high school rated as the number one public school in Iowa (Niche), the Ames Community School District provides a learning environment for students to master the academic and social-emotional skills, strategies, and concepts that will prepare them for a lifetime.

Learning and teaching in Ames Schools guides students to be actively engaged in discovering their own knowledge through each stage of learning. By collaborating and sharing with their peers, our students experience learning that is authentic and challenging. They develop processes that allow them to problem-solve, reflect on and adjust their thinking, and use prior knowledge to construct new learning.

 

Watch a video made by Ames High School Students showcasing the Ames Experience.

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Our Schools

More than 4,350 students attend our District schools

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Our Academic Programs and Initiatives

  • Our teaching and learning programs engage students in instruction that includes small groups and individual learning opportunities, using materials geared to their reading level and interests.
  • Our lessons and assessments are based on Iowa Core and local standards to help teachers adjust strategies to help each student meet or exceed expectations.
  • Our Iowa Assessment scores are consistently well above state averages.
  • Our teachers collaborate to share assessment data and teaching strategies. They continually improve their learning with support from a Teacher Leadership initiative that includes mentors, instructional coaches and professional development.
  • Our technology initiatives support our instruction strategies and help students stay abreast of technology skills they need for their future.
    • 1:1 computing supports student-centered learning in all grade levels.
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Points of Pride

  • Ames High School ranks second in the world in academics behind Shanghai
  • Ams High School has:
    • 15 Presidential scholars in the school’s history
    • 80 National Merit Scholar finalists in the last five years
    • 23 straight State Science Olympiad Championships
    • 115 All-State musicians in the last five years
    • 15% of all All-State artists
    • The most athletics state championships of any school in Iowa
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Fine arts and physical education

Our music, art, and physical education instruction begins with preschool. All elementary schools offer orchestra beginning in fourth grade and band in fifth grade.

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Community Engagement

Our parents have opportunities to engage and support our schools and each other through our Family Ambassadors, Community Focus Group, and School Improvement Advisory Council and Principals’ Advisory Groups, for example.

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Financial Transparency

Our financial management supports students through strategic, balanced and sustainable practices.

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Facilities- Building for the Future

We’re in the process of updating our facilities for 21st Century learning. The community supported a $55 million school bond issue in 2012 to rebuild or remodel all five of our elementary schools.  August 2016 marks the completion of the elementary construction projects. Through other capital fund revenue streams, we’ve updated the high school security vestibule, built a new administration building and we’re improving the high school athletic fields. The Board has approved plans for completing a new facilities, maintenance and bus storage building in 2017. In the fall of 2016, we will gather community input for a decision to rebuild or remodel the high school.

 

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