Top 10 Best Iowa Public Schools (2021)

Iowa is the #27 largest school system in the United States, serving 502,459 students across the 1,330 public schools for the 2021 school year.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Iowa is 76%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 74%.
The top ranked public schools in Iowa are Decorah High School, Gilbert High School and Gilbert Intermediate School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 24% (majority majority Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 15:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(IA) School Average
Asian
3%
Hispanic
11%
Black
6%
White
76%
Two or more races
4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in IA.

Top Overall Ranked Public Schools in Iowa (2021)

  • School Student Proficiency Grades Location
  • Rank: #1-21.-2.
    Decorah High School
    Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 9-12100 Claiborne Drive
    DecorahIA 52101
    (563) 382-3643

  • Rank: #1-21.-2.
    Gilbert High School
    Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 9-12312 Gretten
    GilbertIA 50105
    (515) 232-3738

  • Rank: #33.Math: 97% (Top 1%) Reading: 93% (Top 1%)Math: 97% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 3-5103 Mathews Dr
    GilbertIA 50105
    (515) 232-3748

  • Rank: #4-94.-9.Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 9-12600 1st St
    Van HorneIA 52346
    (319) 228-8701

  • Rank: #4-94.-9.Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 9-12145 Iowa Street
    Center PointIA 52213
    (319) 849-1102

  • Rank: #4-94.-9.
    Denver Middle School
    Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 6-8540 Lincoln
    DenverIA 50622
    (319) 984-6041

  • Rank: #4-94.-9.Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: PK-31111 North Main Street
    PellaIA 50219
    (641) 628-3970

  • Rank: #4-94.-9.Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 9-12850 East Oak Street
    MonticelloIA 52310
    (319) 465-6597

  • Rank: #4-94.-9.Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: PK-3330 Brower Street
    Rockwell CityIA 50579
    (712) 297-8621

  • Rank: #1010.Math: 95% (Top 5%) Reading: 93% (Top 1%)Math: 95% (Top 5%)
    Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
    Grades: K-5400 Nw 27th St
    GrimesIA 50111
    (515) 986-5674

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Top Iowa Public Schools by County (2021)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
5 Schools
800 Students
8% Minority
2 Schools
422 Students
5% Minority
10 Schools
2,179 Students
25% Minority
9 Schools
1,977 Students
6% Minority
3 Schools
693 Students
7% Minority
13 Schools
4,314 Students
6% Minority
35 Schools
18,188 Students
37% Minority
15 Schools
3,816 Students
10% Minority
19 Schools
4,761 Students
5% Minority
18 Schools
3,439 Students
5% Minority
14 Schools
4,318 Students
56% Minority
11 Schools
2,325 Students
4% Minority
5 Schools
1,547 Students
6% Minority
9 Schools
2,783 Students
10% Minority
13 Schools
2,944 Students
10% Minority
13 Schools
3,319 Students
7% Minority
14 Schools
5,615 Students
19% Minority
8 Schools
1,681 Students
12% Minority
7 Schools
1,887 Students
8% Minority
5 Schools
1,755 Students
29% Minority
7 Schools
2,300 Students
11% Minority
10 Schools
2,146 Students
7% Minority
18 Schools
7,432 Students
17% Minority
12 Schools
3,208 Students
53% Minority
34 Schools
18,438 Students
20% Minority
3 Schools
1,219 Students
5% Minority
7 Schools
1,143 Students
7% Minority
10 Schools
2,672 Students
6% Minority
16 Schools
6,347 Students
25% Minority
9 Schools
2,842 Students
7% Minority
26 Schools
14,008 Students
20% Minority
4 Schools
1,514 Students
25% Minority
16 Schools
3,113 Students
8% Minority
8 Schools
2,414 Students
18% Minority
8 Schools
1,837 Students
36% Minority
5 Schools
858 Students
9% Minority
5 Schools
1,520 Students
11% Minority
11 Schools
2,334 Students
6% Minority
9 Schools
1,992 Students
7% Minority
9 Schools
2,508 Students
23% Minority
7 Schools
1,644 Students
12% Minority
13 Schools
3,137 Students
12% Minority
10 Schools
2,559 Students
7% Minority
12 Schools
3,245 Students
18% Minority
5 Schools
1,454 Students
7% Minority
6 Schools
1,559 Students
14% Minority
7 Schools
1,070 Students
7% Minority
9 Schools
2,728 Students
10% Minority
10 Schools
2,770 Students
9% Minority
18 Schools
5,815 Students
9% Minority
7 Schools
2,335 Students
11% Minority
39 Schools
18,563 Students
36% Minority
10 Schools
2,893 Students
7% Minority
7 Schools
1,160 Students
5% Minority
9 Schools
2,017 Students
8% Minority
12 Schools
4,897 Students
15% Minority
75 Schools
37,037 Students
25% Minority
10 Schools
2,327 Students
30% Minority
4 Schools
1,196 Students
4% Minority
10 Schools
2,165 Students
7% Minority
10 Schools
3,212 Students
6% Minority
9 Schools
3,717 Students
9% Minority
17 Schools
5,599 Students
8% Minority
16 Schools
7,318 Students
49% Minority
7 Schools
2,878 Students
6% Minority
6 Schools
1,582 Students
5% Minority
8 Schools
1,412 Students
10% Minority
5 Schools
1,202 Students
10% Minority
9 Schools
1,723 Students
9% Minority
16 Schools
7,247 Students
38% Minority
8 Schools
2,271 Students
18% Minority
3 Schools
826 Students
20% Minority
11 Schools
2,586 Students
10% Minority
10 Schools
1,497 Students
9% Minority
16 Schools
4,154 Students
14% Minority
5 Schools
869 Students
12% Minority
131 Schools
78,930 Students
39% Minority
33 Schools
15,762 Students
18% Minority
10 Schools
2,764 Students
10% Minority
4 Schools
751 Students
5% Minority
8 Schools
1,666 Students
8% Minority
52 Schools
27,675 Students
34% Minority
7 Schools
2,014 Students
7% Minority
15 Schools
5,096 Students
31% Minority
26 Schools
11,545 Students
19% Minority
9 Schools
2,728 Students
34% Minority
4 Schools
981 Students
17% Minority
6 Schools
1,956 Students
10% Minority
3 Schools
875 Students
3% Minority
13 Schools
5,521 Students
31% Minority
19 Schools
9,778 Students
10% Minority
13 Schools
4,148 Students
16% Minority
5 Schools
1,048 Students
5% Minority
11 Schools
5,145 Students
23% Minority
9 Schools
2,351 Students
13% Minority
11 Schools
2,610 Students
8% Minority
37 Schools
18,268 Students
42% Minority
4 Schools
958 Students
11% Minority
9 Schools
2,617 Students
31% Minority
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