School Details

Ames Middle School

3915 Mortensen Rd, Ames, IA 50014
(515) 268-2400
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 912 students 13 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

83%
82%
75%
82%
81%
70%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
90%
90%
72%
82%
82%
65%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ames Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
91%
80%
90%
89%
75%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
93%
93%
77%
81%
81%
68%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ames Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
86%
78%
87%
86%
76%

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The results for grades 4 and 8 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITBS is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
91%
91%
73%
83%
83%
65%

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ames Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ames Middle School is a public middle school in Ames. 912 children attend Ames Middle School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 28% of the 912 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ames Middle School is 13:1. Maranatha Christian Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 9%
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 73% 72%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    School administrators are horrible rude and they are not working for the kids. The principal "Pam" is certainly incompetent when it comes to bullying issues. They want to avoid issues at all costs and they do not support the victims at all because they just do not want to do the paperwork and or work in general in dealing with the bullies themselves and their parents. A shame since Ames is such a great community and use to be a great place to get an education for our children. Maybe it will improve with another principal and better bullying initiative. Praying this will not be another Columbine. Sorry but these people just do not care about their jobs nor the kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ames middle school. Everyone is horrible. The kids have no manners and are never disciplined. Majority of the teachers including the principal and they women in student services are fake. They are rude to your face and are very happy and more then willing to embarrass someone. They are rude and should be fired. take your kid somewhere else unless you want them to be bullied and have the immature adults not do anything about it. If you want a good education for you kid this is a good place but their lives will be miserable and there spirits may be crushed.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Ames Middle School is certainly top-notch. In general the academics are above-average. Granted the student's don't by and large help the atmosphere but it is not a major issue. A sufficiently large amount of after-school activities and programs exist to make it easy to find a niche. i'd reccommend it

  • (5 years ago)

    AMS is a great school. They actually care that the students learn. They make it interesting so the kids like it. The acedemics are second to none. There are a variety of after school programs that kids can get involved in. The parents seem to to be in the know. The most teachers answer emails fairly quick. You should no fears of what your child can learn and or become socially involved in the right enviroment.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love ames middle school It is really friendly and fun. and I learn alot

  • (10 years ago)

    I go to AMS. At AMS there are so many extra cirricular programs. There is an ELP for kids who need to have a challenge. There are 4 extracurricular classes for kids interested in art. AMS has so many sports. In the fall there's volleyball football cross country and soccer. In the winter there's girls basketball boys basketball wrestling and gymnastics. In the spring there's track. For other activites that aren't as active you can choose from mock trial DI band chrous orchestra jazz band SATB select choir Science Olympiad Lego League talent show and so much more. Parents have their own booster club to help raise money. It helps AMS to do some fun programs.

  • (10 years ago)

    i this this is a great school. student here are friendly and hard working. there are a lot of activities students can join. mathcount science olympia drama club etc.teachers here are highly leveled. as a current student of ames middle school i think this is a great choice. kids here thinks it's fun to go to school. make a good choice!

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