Ballard High School

Summary:

Ballard High School is a public high school located in Huxley, Iowa, serving grades 9-12 with a student population of 545. The school is part of the Ballard Community School District, which is ranked 26th out of 311 districts in Iowa and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ballard High School consistently performs above the state average in ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) test scores across all grade levels and subject areas. In the 2022-2023 school year, 89.3% of Ballard High School's 10th-grade students scored proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 72.9%. In mathematics, 87.3% of Ballard High School's 10th-grade students scored proficient or better, compared to the state average of 67%. The school's performance in science is also noteworthy, with 79.3% of 10th-grade students scoring proficient or better, compared to the state average of 62.5%. However, Ballard High School has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 92.84% of students identifying as White, which is significantly higher than the racial diversity of some nearby schools, such as Woodward Academy (52.54% White) and Ankeny High School (80.99% White).

Ballard High School also has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 17.25% in the 2022-2023 school year, compared to nearby schools like Nevada High School (33.2%) and Collins-Maxwell Middle/High School (36.06%). Additionally, Ballard High School has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 16.3, which is lower than the ratios of some nearby schools, such as Ankeny High School (16.8) and Ankeny Centennial High School (16.2).


Detail:

Public 9-12

 701 Ballard Drive
       Huxley, IA  50124-9416


(515) 597-2971

District: Ballard Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
40th of 336 Iowa High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,456 Help


Feeder schools for Ballard High School:

Elementary:    Ballard East Elementary
    Ballard West Elementary
Middle:    Ballard Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.3 Help
Number of students:  545

Racial breakdown:

White:
92.8%
Hispanic:
3.5%
African American:
2.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  17.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ballard High School ranks better than 88.1% of high schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.91. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (92.8%), Hispanic (3.5%), African American (2.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 17.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ballard High School is 16.3. (See more...)
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Compare Ballard High School employs 33.4 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ballard High School is $13,456.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Ballard High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Ballard High School 40th of 336 Iowa public high schools. (See Ballard High School in the ranking list.)

Ballard Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Ballard Community School District 26th of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ballard High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 68.72 107th 351 69.5%
2013 64.48 130th 351 63.0%
2014 64.84 129th 322 59.9%
2015 38.45 237th 324 26.9%
2016 62.63 120th 320 62.5%
2017 49.48 200th 325 38.5%
2018 77.04 53rd 320 83.4%
2019 81.33 31st 327 90.5%
2021 67.85 92nd 327 71.9%
2022 77.46 53rd 332 84.0%
2023 78.91 40th 336 88.1%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Ballard High School Test Scores
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Data source: Iowa Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Ballard High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 258 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 258
1989 220 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 221
1990 202 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 204
1991 211 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 215
1992 212 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 216
1993 241 1 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 247
1994 249 2 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 254
1995 296 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 300
1996 296 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 300
1997 424 2 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 432
1998 425 3 5 3 0 n/a n/a 0 436
1999 422 1 3 4 0 n/a n/a 0 430
2000 396 1 5 5 0 n/a n/a 0 407
2001 408 6 5 4 0 n/a n/a 0 423
2002 407 4 2 8 1 n/a n/a 0 422
2003 407 4 2 8 1 n/a n/a 0 422
2004 410 3 3 9 1 n/a n/a 0 426
2005 398 3 2 7 2 n/a n/a 0 412
2006 412 3 1 6 1 n/a n/a 0 423
2007 427 5 2 10 1 n/a n/a 0 445
2008 440 11 2 7 1 n/a n/a 0 461
2009 438 8 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 454
2010 441 6 5 11 0 0 4 0 467
2011 423 6 3 9 0 0 5 0 446
2012 433 3 3 13 3 0 9 0 464
2013 438 6 2 13 2 0 15 0 476
2014 472 3 2 17 4 0 12 0 510
2015 500 3 2 16 2 1 12 0 536
2016 498 1 3 12 1 2 7 0 524
2017 509 4 1 15 0 3 6 0 538
2018 530 6 0 12 2 4 10 0 564
2019 507 6 0 11 2 2 7 0 535
2020 480 9 1 11 1 3 7 0 512
2021 469 8 1 10 1 2 3 0 494
2022 488 9 2 11 0 3 2 0 515
2023 506 14 1 19 0 1 4 0 545

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 Ballard High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 258 18.5 13.9 23.3
1989 221 20.9 10.5 26.7
1990 204 20.9 9.7 27
1991 215 18.0 11.9 18.6
1992 216 18.0 12.0 19
1993 247 17.6 14.0 7.7
1994 254 17.8 14.3 9.4
1995 300 18.3 16.4 6.3
1996 300 18.3 16.4 6.3
1997 432 25.2 17.1 10
1998 436 29.3 14.9 7.3
1999 430 27.0 15.9 12.8
2000 407 27.0 15.1 9.3
2001 423 27.0 15.7 13.9
2002 422 28.5 14.8 12.3
2003 422 28.5 14.8 12.3
2004 426 27.5 15.5 10.6
2005 412 27.0 15.3 14.3
2006 423 27.0 15.7 15.4
2007 445 29.2 15.2 15.5
2008 461 28.2 16.3 12.1
2009 454 30.1 15.1 10.6
2010 467 31.5 14.8 16.1
2011 446 31.1 14.3 17.5
2012 464 32.1 14.4 15.3
2013 476 30.6 15.5 16.2
2014 510 30.0 17.0 14.1
2015 536 28.0 19.1 15.1
2016 524 30.0 17.4 18.1
2017 538 32.2 16.6 15.6
2018 564 33.8 16.6 15.4
2019 535 33.1 16.1 19.8
2020 512 33.6 15.2 14.6
2021 494 34.3 14.3 16
2022 515 31.8 16.1 14
2023 545 33.4 16.3 17.2

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 Ballard High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 258 18.5 13.9 23.3
1989 221 20.9 10.5 26.7
1990 204 20.9 9.7 27
1991 215 18.0 11.9 18.6
1992 216 18.0 12.0 19
1993 247 17.6 14.0 7.7
1994 254 17.8 14.3 9.4
1995 300 18.3 16.4 6.3
1996 300 18.3 16.4 6.3
1997 432 25.2 17.1 10
1998 436 29.3 14.9 7.3
1999 430 27.0 15.9 12.8
2000 407 27.0 15.1 9.3
2001 423 27.0 15.7 13.9
2002 422 28.5 14.8 12.3
2003 422 28.5 14.8 12.3
2004 426 27.5 15.5 10.6
2005 412 27.0 15.3 14.3
2006 423 27.0 15.7 15.4
2007 445 29.2 15.2 15.5
2008 461 28.2 16.3 12.1
2009 454 30.1 15.1 10.6
2010 467 31.5 14.8 16.1
2011 446 31.1 14.3 17.5
2012 464 32.1 14.4 15.3
2013 476 30.6 15.5 16.2
2014 510 30.0 17.0 14.1
2015 536 28.0 19.1 15.1
2016 524 30.0 17.4 18.1
2017 538 32.2 16.6 15.6
2018 564 33.8 16.6 15.4
2019 535 33.1 16.1 19.8
2020 512 33.6 15.2 14.6
2021 494 34.3 14.3 16
2022 515 31.8 16.1 14
2023 545 33.4 16.3 17.2

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 Ballard High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $266 (2.0%) $13,189 (98.0%) $13,456

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ballard High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 31st of 327 High schoolsRanks 40th of 336 High schools
 2.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard High School)83.789.3
 5.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)83.789.3
 5.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)74.372.9
 1.4%
10th Grade Mathematics (Ballard High School)79.487.3
 7.9%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)79.487.3
 7.9%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)67.167
 0.1%
11th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard High School)8879.5
 8.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)8879.5
 8.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)71.468.7
 2.7%
11th Grade Mathematics (Ballard High School)78.280.4
 2.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)78.280.4
 2.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)66.967.3
 0.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students535545
 1.9%
African American614
 133.3%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian01
Hispanic1119
 72.7%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White507506
 0.2%
Two or More Races74
 42.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19.8%17.2%
 2.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballard High School

Students at Ballard High School are 93% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% African American.

Ballard High School ranks 40th of 336 Iowa high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Ballard High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Ballard East Elementary
Elementary : Ballard West Elementary
Middle : Ballard Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 545 students attended Ballard High School.


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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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