U.S. News & World Report released their annual high school rankings in April, and ADM High School again received recognition as one of the best high schools in the state of Iowa and the nation. ADM High School is ranked as the 9th best high school out of 339 high schools statewide, and is also ranked 1,942 out of nearly 18,000 high schools nationwide. ADM is one of the smaller high schools to be ranked among the top 10 in the state of Iowa. ADM High School’s enrollment of 559 is the fifth smallest school in the top 20; the average enrollment of schools in the top 20 is 1,197.
The U.S. News rankings are based upon a three-stage process. In the first stage, researchers looked at student performance data on standardized assessments, while the second stage focuses on effectiveness in providing services for the student body. The third stage focuses on college readiness, with particular emphasis on participation in and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. ADM High School has consistently performed well above state averages in each of these areas.