The Iowa AP Index

The Top 50 AP Schools In Iowa

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. The 2024 Iowa AP Index is based on May 2023 AP exams and May/June 2023 graduation data.

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Numbers for the AP Index were rounded to the hundredths, 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. Regina Catholic Education Center, Iowa City
  2. Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf
  3. West High School, Iowa City
  4. Liberty High School, Iowa City
  5. Valley High School, West Des Moines

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, Regina Catholic Education Center, Iowa City

Highest-Ranking Public School

#3, West High School, Iowa City

Smallest graduating class (8 students)*

Valley Lutheran High School, Cedar Falls, #13

Largest graduating class (620 students)*

Valley High School, West Des Moines, #5

*Out of schools in the top 50

Congratulations to all of the 2024 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 Summer Institute (APSI) on the University of Iowa campus. Seats are limited.