Authority

2023 Best High Schools in Iowa

Learn more about high schools in Iowa

Sponsored

What High School Paths Does Iowa Provide?

Iowa is home to 416 high schools, a number that's 18% higher than the national average, making it the 16th highest state per capita for high schools. The average rating of all these schools is a B–, also in line with the national average. Of all the schools in Iowa, 84% are public and 99% of those public schools are traditional schools. Two-thirds of the traditional public schools (228) rate above the national average, so quality is not an issue.

Of the remaining 16%, 15% are private schools, of which the median grade is B+. Of the 61 private schools in the state, 41 are rated above the national average, making it the 42nd highest state per capita for private schools. Out of the 61 private schools, an overwhelming 92% are religiously affiliated, with the most common type being Christian (32).

Unfortunately, Iowa falls below the national average in terms of alternative schools. Charter schools, for example, are only 2 in total, placing the state in the 40th spot for per capita charter schools (89% below the average state). There are also no magnet schools in Iowa, making it the 45th lowest state per capita for this type of school. Lastly, there's also only a single all-boys school, making it the 49th lowest state per capita for this option.

Lastly, there are also 6 schools in Iowa that offer online education, making it the 21st highest state per capita. However, this is still just 1% of all schools, so the state is still not rich with online learning options.

Top 25 Best High Schools in Iowa

Search for the best high schools in Iowa

#1 Best High School in Iowa

Maharishi School

Fairfield, IA

private

School Status

165

Students

3:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#2 Best High School in Iowa

Rivermont Collegiate

Bettendorf, IA

private

School Status

200

Students

9:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#3 Best High School in Iowa

West Senior High School

Iowa City, IA

public

School Status

1,466

Students

17:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#4 Best High School in Iowa

Pleasant Valley High School

Bettendorf, IA

public

School Status

1,541

Students

18:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#5 Best High School in Iowa

Ames High School

Ames, IA

public

School Status

1,370

Students

17:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#6 Best High School in Iowa

Valley High School

West Des Moines, IA

public

School Status

2,047

Students

17:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#7 Best High School in Iowa

Scattergood Friends School

West Branch, IA

quaker

School Status

26

Students

3:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

6-12

Grade Levels

#8 Best High School in Iowa

Dowling Catholic High School

West Des Moines, IA

catholic

School Status

1,391

Students

14:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#9 Best High School in Iowa

John F. Kennedy High School

Cedar Rapids, IA

public

School Status

1,661

Students

18:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#10 Best High School in Iowa

Gilbert High School

Gilbert, IA

public

School Status

534

Students

16:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

Sponsored
Compare your school options
Authority

Made in Texas

600 Congress, 17th Floor | Austin, Texas

Trustpilot
Privacy PolicyTerms of Service

2023 Authority - All rights reserved.