Cedar Falls High School

1015 Division St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 553-2500

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 1086 students 14 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) to test students in grade 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITED is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. Students who score at the 40th percentile are considered proficient. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Cedar Falls Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cedar Falls High School is a public high school in Cedar Falls. 1,086 students attend Cedar Falls High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 17% of the 1,086 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cedar Falls High School is 14:1. Cedar Falls Alternative School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 86%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved here from a small town full service high school. Peers groups are better teacher quality is roughly the same and administration and support are rigid unfriendly uncoordinated and difficult. If you need any accommodations plan for a battle and hope for the best.

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved here from Texas and had no idea where to enroll my son in 11th grade-so happy we ended up in this school district-he loves this school!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school. My son will be graduating this year and his counselors have been VERY helpful with college scholarships and filling out applications. It is because of his great education in the Cedar Falls School District (which has earned him good grades and a great ACT score) that he will be going to college and will not have to take out any loans. The school calls me if I forget to call when he is going to miss school. I can check online at any time and see what his grades are and if he is handing in assignments. I can not say enough good things about the schools in Cedar Falls!

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a former student of CFHS. I loved going there. The teachers were amazing sports team coaches were great to work with and there were plenty of extra curricular activities to be involved in.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a student and a Junior at CFHS. I hated the middle school of Holmes but going to CF made me actually like school. It's so nice there. They don't hound you to do things where as it's just so relaxed that you can concentrate do well and not feel pressured at the same time. I love it there )

  • (6 years ago)

    I can not say enough about CF. The entire staff at this school go above and beyond they are professional yet I feel like it is a relaxed learning enviroment with staff that seems very happy to be there. Keep up the fabulous work!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been going to Cedar Falls High for about 2 semesters now and I find it to be a pretty nice school. The classes were a little hard to catch up on but all around I am doing well now. This school has a wide variety of classes and extra activities that I can explore until I graduate. I recommend this school to kids who want to go to college and live in the Cedar Falls District. Go Tigers!

  • (9 years ago)

    My wife and I were fortuneate to have both our daughters graduate from Cedar Falls High School. This school has a well-rounded program with strong offerings in the core areas which include AP courses and Dual Credit courses that allow students to either test out of college work or gain credits at the college level while in high school. Successful athletic and activity programs are recognized around the state. My daughters were involved in athletics but I would not have hesitated should they have chosen music speech or theater. Cedar Falls staff and administration work to challenge students to be the best they can be. School to work programs were available for students wishing to get on the job training their senior year. Programs included Trades &Industries/Health Occupations DECA Business Professionals and Foods Coop. I have been impressed by the support the community has provided for Cedar Falls High School

  • (10 years ago)

    Through the work-release program I got my foot in the door of my chosen profession and had a leg up on my associates as I gained more experience. I am grateful to this school for instilling a love of learning of reading of doing the best I can. The extra things in choirs and poetry classes gave me a chance to shine and discover part of who I am. I have been able to develop talents I may not have had an opportunity to. I feel I am much happier person and more rounded and able to care for my family and encouraged them where I wasn't previously. I know the value of a great education I was very lucky to have one.

  • (10 years ago)

    We brought our two children from a top rated Illinois school to the Cedar Falls school. They were both very challenged to 'catch' up. One has since graduated and we feel he was much more prepared for college by attending Cedar Falls. Our daughter is still enrolled and finding it a busy place between academics and all the other activities.

  • (11 years ago)

    I went to Cedar Falls High School and just adored every year there. I would suggest it to any family trying to find a well-rounded and strong academic school. I was involved in so many extracurricular activities and received a wonderful education. I am now an education major at Iowa State and I am doing a school profile of the school I would like to work at and I have chosen Cedar Falls. I would definitely love to work there someday and hopefully fulfill and instill in my students the strong ongoing tradition the high school has provided for the Cedar Falls Community for so many years.

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