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For the 2021 school year, there are 17 alternative public schools serving 2,088 students in Iowa.
The top ranked alternative public schools in Iowa are Alternative School, Individualized Learning Center and Futures. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Iowa alternative public schools have an average math proficiency score of 40% (versus the Iowa public school average of 76%), and reading proficiency score of 41% (versus the 74% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the Iowa public school average of 24% (majority Hispanic).

Top Iowa Alternative Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Alternative School Alternative School
    Math: 60-79% | Reading: 40-59%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    19 N. Illinois Ave.
    Mason City, IA 50401
    (641) 421-4426

    Grades: 9-12 | 84 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Individualized Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: ≥50% | Reading: ≥50%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    940 Lincoln Street Sw
    Le Mars, IA 51031
    (712) 546-5858

    Grades: 9-12 | 23 students
  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    Futures Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    727 W 3rd St
    Boone, IA 50036
    (515) 433-0885

    Grades: 10-12 | 35 students
  • Rank: #3-43.-4.
    Winterset Bridges School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    624 Husky Dr
    Winterset, IA 50273
    (515) 462-3320

    Grades: 9-12 | 20 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Mid City High School Alternative School
    Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3801 Marquette Street
    Davenport, IA 52806
    (563) 336-7600

    Grades: 9-12 | 250 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Walnut Creek Campus Alternative School
    Math: 40-49% | Reading: 40-49%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1020 8th Street
    West Des Moines, IA 50265
    (515) 633-6480

    Grades: 9-12 | 148 students
  • Rank: #77.
    Metro High School Alternative School
    Math: 40-49% | Reading: 30-39%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1212 7th St Se
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    (319) 558-2193

    Grades: 9-12 | 342 students
  • Rank: #8-98.-9.
    Elizabeth Tate Alt. High School Alternative School
    Math: 30-39% | Reading: 40-49%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1528 Mall Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52240
    (319) 688-1080

    Grades: 9-12 | 165 students
  • Rank: #8-98.-9.
    West Academy Alternative School Alternative School
    Math: 30-39% | Reading: 40-49%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1302 1st Avenue West
    Newton, IA 50208
    (641) 792-0335

    Grades: 10-12 | 73 students
  • Rank: #1010.
    Expo Alternative Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1410 Independence Ave
    Waterloo, IA 50703
    (319) 433-1930

    Grades: 6-12 | 411 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    Scavo Alternative High School Alternative School
    Math: 30-34% | Reading: 30-34%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1800 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 242-7589

    Grades: 9-12 | 393 students
  • Rank: #12-1712.- 17.
    Alterntive Learning Cent Alternative School
    707 4th St.
    Wellman, IA 52356
    (319) 646-6096

    Grades: 9-12 | 18 students
  • Rank: #12-1712.- 17.
    Belmond-klemme Alternative School Alternative School
    411 10th Ave. Ne
    Belmond, IA 50421
    (641) 444-4300

    Grades: 9-12 | 11 students
  • Rank: #12-1712.- 17.
    Denison Alternative High School Alternative School
    Hwy 30 East
    Denison, IA 51442
    (712) 265-2349

    Grades: 9-12 | 32 students
  • Rank: #12-1712.- 17.
    Greenview Alternative School Alternative School
    106 16th St Sw
    Waverly, IA 50677
    (319) 352-9273

    Grades: 9-12 | 33 students
  • Rank: #12-1712.- 17.
    Pocahontas Area Regional Learning Center Alternative School
    202 1st Ave Sw
    Pocahontas, IA 50574
    (712) 335-5971

    Grades: 9-12 | 20 students
  • Rank: #12-1712.- 17.
    Wisdomquest Education Center Alternative School
    400 E Madison St
    Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
    (319) 385-7709

    Grades: 9-12 | 30 students
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