Ashland Ridge Elementary

Summary:

Ashland Ridge Elementary is a public elementary school in Ankeny, Iowa, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade. With consistently high academic performance, Ashland Ridge is one of the top-ranked elementary schools in the state, maintaining a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ashland Ridge Elementary stands out for its exceptional academic achievements, with students significantly outperforming the Ankeny Community School District and the state of Iowa in standardized tests across all grade levels and subject areas. In the 2022-2023 school year, over 80% of Ashland Ridge students were proficient or better in English Language Arts and Mathematics, a testament to the school's effective educational program. However, the school's student population is less racially diverse compared to nearby schools, with a higher percentage of white students and a lower percentage of African American, Hispanic, and Asian students. Additionally, Ashland Ridge has a relatively low percentage of students from lower-income families, suggesting a socioeconomic disparity compared to some of the other elementary schools in the district.

While Ashland Ridge Elementary's academic excellence is undeniable, the school's higher student-teacher ratio compared to other schools in the Ankeny Community School District may be an area to consider, as smaller class sizes can often lead to more personalized attention and support for students. Overall, Ashland Ridge Elementary is a high-performing school that consistently delivers exceptional academic results, but the school's relative homogeneity in terms of race and socioeconomic status are areas that could be further explored to ensure that all students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2600 NW Ash Drive
       Ankeny, IA  50023


(515) 965-9594

District: Ankeny Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
38th of 565 Iowa Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,160 Help


Students who attend Ashland Ridge Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Prairie Ridge Middle School
High:    Ankeny Centennial High School

Student/teacher ratio:  20.0 Help
Number of students:  759

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.4%
Two or more races:
5.3%
Hispanic:
4.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  10.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ashland Ridge Elementary ranks better than 93.3% of elementary schools in Iowa. It also ranks 3rd among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 85.07. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Ashland Ridge Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Ankeny Community School District. Racial makeup is: White (83.4%), two or more races (5.3%), Hispanic (4.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 10.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ashland Ridge Elementary is 20, which is the highest among 9 elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ashland Ridge Elementary is $11,160, which is the lowest among 9 elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District!
Schooldigger Rankings:

Ashland Ridge Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Ankeny Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Ankeny Community School District 33rd of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ashland Ridge Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 86.01 14th 626 97.8%
2013 78.24 58th 624 90.7%
2014 80.94 59th 603 90.2%
2015 87.85 15th 616 97.6%
2016 85.48 24th 599 96.0%
2017 87.63 13th 574 97.7%
2018 84.03 39th 567 93.1%
2019 90.19 17th 603 97.2%
2021 87.21 36th 567 93.7%
2022 89.61 19th 574 96.7%
2023 85.07 38th 565 93.3%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Iowa Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Ashland Ridge Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2009 516 10 15 12 0 n/a n/a 0 553
2010 593 8 18 24 0 0 23 0 666
2011 669 12 16 27 0 0 27 0 751
2012 699 12 12 29 0 0 22 0 774
2013 586 14 11 25 0 0 29 0 665
2014 645 15 14 18 0 0 39 0 731
2015 471 7 13 9 0 0 26 0 526
2016 542 11 14 12 0 0 23 0 602
2017 554 12 21 14 0 0 20 0 621
2018 593 10 15 21 1 0 23 0 663
2019 627 8 13 26 0 0 29 0 703
2020 630 7 9 26 1 0 33 0 706
2021 602 10 13 28 0 0 27 0 680
2022 637 17 12 31 0 1 38 0 736
2023 633 25 26 35 0 0 40 0 759

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ashland Ridge Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 553 26.8 20.6 4.3
2010 666 30.7 21.6 7.1
2011 751 33.0 22.7 8.1
2012 774 35.9 21.5 7.4
2013 665 33.9 19.5 7.4
2014 731 34.9 20.9 9.2
2015 526 30.0 17.5 6.8
2016 602 32.0 18.8 7
2017 621 32.1 19.3 8.1
2018 663 30.9 21.4 7.1
2019 703 34.3 20.4 7.7
2020 706 35.8 19.7 8.6
2021 680 35.8 18.9 6.2
2022 736 35.9 20.5 9.4
2023 759 37.8 20.0 10.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ashland Ridge Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 553 26.8 20.6 4.3
2010 666 30.7 21.6 7.1
2011 751 33.0 22.7 8.1
2012 774 35.9 21.5 7.4
2013 665 33.9 19.5 7.4
2014 731 34.9 20.9 9.2
2015 526 30.0 17.5 6.8
2016 602 32.0 18.8 7
2017 621 32.1 19.3 8.1
2018 663 30.9 21.4 7.1
2019 703 34.3 20.4 7.7
2020 706 35.8 19.7 8.6
2021 680 35.8 18.9 6.2
2022 736 35.9 20.5 9.4
2023 759 37.8 20.0 10.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Ashland Ridge Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $239 (2.1%) $10,921 (97.9%) $11,160

Data source: Iowa Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ashland Ridge Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 17th of 603 Elementary schoolsRanks 38th of 565 Elementary schools
 3.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ashland Ridge Elementary)76.381.8
 5.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)77.378
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)65.366.3
 1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ashland Ridge Elementary)91.582.6
 8.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)86.383.8
 2.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.775.3
 3.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ashland Ridge Elementary)90.294.1
 3.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)8586.2
 1.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)70.573.1
 2.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ashland Ridge Elementary)93.188.1
 5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)88.884
 4.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)72.572.9
 0.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ashland Ridge Elementary)94.489.5
 4.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)84.980.7
 4.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.368.3
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ashland Ridge Elementary)96.386.8
 9.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)87.782.8
 4.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.471.3
 1.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students703759
 8%
African American825
 212.5%
American Indian00
Asian1326
 100%
Hispanic2635
 34.6%
Pacific Islander00
White627633
 1%
Two or More Races2940
 37.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients7.7%10.7%
 3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ashland Ridge Elementary

Students who attend Ashland Ridge Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Prairie Ridge Middle School
High : Ankeny Centennial High School

Yes. Ashland Ridge Elementary ranks in the top 6.7% of Iowa elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 759 students attended Ashland Ridge Elementary.

Students at Ashland Ridge Elementary are 83% White, 5% Two or more races, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 3% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Iowa Department of Education.

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