Johnston High School Ranked 9th in State by U.S. News & World Report

Graphic of the US News Ranking BadgeThe 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings have been released and Johnston High School has been named ninth in the state and 1,810th in the nation. The high school earned a “Best” ranking, a commendation reserved for the top 40% of schools in this ranking program. U.S. News “Best” badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in U.S. education.

Johnston was one of four schools in the metro area to be ranked in the top 10; Ankeny Centennial came in at fourth place; Adel-DeSoto-Minburn at seventh; and Ankeny High School at tenth. Ames High School took the top spot in 2019. Three-hundred-twenty-eight Iowa high schools were ranked.

“This ranking is yet another quality indicator of the level of education offered in Johnston schools,” said Bruce Amendt, Associate Superintendent. “From our pre-kindergarten programs to our Advanced Placement classes, our students are excelling in their learning and raising the standard of quality education in central Iowa.”

The 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on data collected from more than17,000 public U.S. high schools, along with charter, magnet, and STEM schools. A revised methodology from U.S. News uses six ranking factors, each of which are weighted to produce an overall score that the ranking is based on.

The ranking factors measure performance on state math and reading proficiency tests; college readiness measured by participation in and performance on challenging college-level coursework using Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations; and graduation rates.

Rankings are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global research firm. U.S. News doesn’t collect data directly from high schools – all data comes directly from official third-party sources. U.S. News receives AP and IB data directly from the College Board and International Baccalaureate, respectively, for use in the rankings. The state assessment data and graduation rates are from each state, and other data comes from the U.S. Department of Education Common Core of Data.

“We credit the dedication and hard work of our educators, the involvement of our parents, and the determination of our students for this ranking,” Amendt said. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students.”

By the numbers

Students / Teachers
These counts and percentages of students and teachers are from data reported by schools to the government.

Total Enrollment 1,566
Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 20%
Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 18%
Full-Time Teachers 81

Test Scores (at JHS)
U.S. News calculates these values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work (AP®/IB exams).

Proficient in Reading 91%
Proficient in Math 92%
College Readiness Index 22.7/100

School Data
School profile information is based on government data.

Graduation Rate 97%
Grades Served 10 – 12
Setting Fringe Rural
Charter School No
Magnet School No
Receives Title I Funding No