Heritage Elementary


Heritage Elementary is a public elementary school located in Ankeny, Iowa, serving 610 students in grades K-5. It is part of the Ankeny Community School District, which is ranked 33 out of 311 school districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Heritage Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Iowa, with students performing significantly better than the state average on standardized tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 75.3% of 3rd graders, 82.7% of 4th graders, and 80% of 5th graders were proficient or better in ELA, compared to the state averages of 66.3%, 73.1%, and 68.3%, respectively. The school's racial diversity is also higher than some nearby schools, with 72.3% White, 13.77% Hispanic, 5.74% Asian, and 3.28% African American students.

While Heritage Elementary's overall performance is strong, it has a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (30.33%) compared to some of the higher-performing nearby schools, such as Ashland Ridge Elementary (10.67%) and Prairie Trail Elementary (7.01%). This suggests that Heritage Elementary serves a more economically diverse population, which may present opportunities to further support the academic growth of specific subgroups to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.


Public K-5

 301 SW Prairie Trail Pky
       Ankeny, IA  50023

(515) 965-9645

District: Ankeny Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
118th of 565 Iowa Elementary Schools

Student/teacher ratio:  17.4 Help
Number of students:  610

Racial breakdown:


Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30.3% Help

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Performance Trends
Compare Details Heritage Elementary ranks better than 79.1% of elementary schools in Iowa. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 74.8. (See more...)
Schooldigger Rankings:

Heritage 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 Heritage Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 69.66 160th 567 71.8%
2022 72.36 143rd 574 75.1%
2023 74.80 118th 565 79.1%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Heritage Elementary

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2021 415 13 25 37 2 0 38 0 530
2022 434 12 23 52 1 0 29 0 551
2023 441 20 35 84 0 0 30 0 610

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 Heritage Elementary

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 530 34.8 15.1 23
2022 551 31.9 17.2 20.9
2023 610 34.9 17.4 30.3

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 Heritage Elementary

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 530 34.8 15.1 23
2022 551 31.9 17.2 20.9
2023 610 34.9 17.4 30.3

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.

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Heritage Elementary ranks 118th of 565 Iowa elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Heritage Elementary are 72% White, 14% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 5% Two or more races, 3% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 610 students attended Heritage Elementary.

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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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