The Iowa AP Index

The Top 50 AP Schools In Iowa

Each year since 2005, the Belin-Blank Center has released the Iowa AP Index to recognize the Top 50 Iowa accredited public and nonpublic high schools for providing Advanced Placement opportunities to Iowa's high school students. Due to COVID-19, the Iowa AP Index was not published in 2020 and 2021. The 2022 Iowa AP Index will be based on May 2021 AP exams and May/June 2021 graduation data, and it will be published May 2022.

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Numbers for the AP Index were rounded to the hundreths, and ties were broken by carrying out decimal places further. For more on how we run the numbers, please see About the Index.

Highlights of This Year's Index

Top 5 Schools

  1. Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf
  2. Valley High School, West Des Moines
  3. Valley Lutheran High School, Cedar Falls
  4. Roosevelt High School, Des Moines
  5. West Senior High School, Iowa City

The Iowa AP Index focuses only on AP opportunities. We encourage high schools to continue their efforts at offering AP courses, and we applaud students for stepping up to the academic challenge.

Highest-Ranking Nonpublic School

#1, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf

Special Recognition

Magnet School

Des Moines Central Academy, Des Moines, with an AP Index of 2.63

Smallest graduating class (7 students)*

Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, #1

Largest graduating class (598 students)*

Valley High School, West Des Moines, #2

*Out of schools in the top 50

Congratulations to all of the 2019 AP Index schools!

If you are interested in improving your school's AP Index and developing a culture of advanced learning, consider sending teachers to this year's AP Teacher Training Institute (APTTI) on the University of Iowa campus. Seats are limited.