School Details

Johnston Senior High School

6501 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-0449

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 1282 students 15 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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 2011
  • Johnston Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Johnston Senior High School is a public high school in Johnston. 1,282 children attend Johnston Senior High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 15% of the 1,282 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Johnston Senior High School is 15:1. Urbandale High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 88%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 5%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent schools... what about the baseball and football teams? I don't think there has even been a 40-0 baseball team in Iowa High School Athletics! I think if your kids go to church have good values and hang with friends that have of similar values you can't go wrong. You still need strong parental involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    It has a great staff with award winning teachers and above average standardized test scores.

  • (6 years ago)

    JHS is a high quality school. They have ample opportunities for every student. In response to the last person's review every school has its share of students with problems. Per capita JHS has much less than other metro high schools. Also I would question the education of the person writing that review as their spelling grammar and punctuation are very poor. Perhaps.....hmmmm....I think someone has an axe to grind.

  • (6 years ago)

    Johnston high school is the by far worst school to ever send you child its all druggies and bad kids its the worst school the school is messed up dont send your kid there!

  • (10 years ago)

    Johnston is by far the best school I have ever seen. The students are happy and the education is high not to mention are basketball team (sorry Dowling 51-52) Johnston is a very good school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I graduated from Johnston High in 2002. I beleieve that they have a standard of excellence expecially in the music programs.

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Overall score

(based on 9 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
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