Award-winning District

  • 2011 Listed Among Top 15 in Iowa for A.P. Testing

    The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center listed Sioux Central High School in Sioux Rapids in 15th place on their 7th annual Iowa Advanced Placement (AP) Index.

    The University of Iowa‘s Belin-Blank Center is recognizes the state’s top Advanced Placement programs with the release of their 7th annual Iowa AP Index. The index assesses AP participation among accredited public and private schools in Iowa. The index is part of the Belin-Blank Center’s efforts to encourage and recognize Iowa schools that provide high-level academic opportunities for high school students.

    Sioux Central is listed among the Top 50 schools for AP in the state of Iowa. The Top 50 schools range from rural to urban, public to nonpublic, and they span the state’s geography. There are 42 public and 8 nonpublic schools in the Top 50.

    The Iowa AP Index is designed to give a fair comparison of AP opportunity across Iowa schools. An index score is calculated for each participating school based on the ratio of AP exams taken by all its students divided by the number of its graduating seniors. The rating reflects participation in the AP program at a school, not the overall quality of the school, according to Nicholas Colangelo, Belin-Blank Center director. However, one indication of a high school’s commitment to preparing high-ability students for college is access to advanced courses.


    2010, 2011, 2012 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Honor School

    The Iowa Department of Education named Sioux Central Elementary as a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Honor School.

    To receive this recognition schools must show evidence that certain criteria was met. Specific criteria includes having a representative, school-based leadership team that engages in the consistent use of data to self-assess implementation and to provide the most effective supports for the educational environment, staff and students. Honor schools provide evidence that behavioral expectations are taught and acknowledged, and that a continuum of consequences for inappropriate behaviors is consistently applied. Additionally, Honor schools use a screening process to identify students in need of supplemental supports.

    Comments by the team, included in the application, indicate that Mr. Teno’s role is extremely significant and he is “the driving force of all aspects of PBIS success at Sioux Central.” When administrators provide such a high level of support, engage their faculties in the development, implementation and evaluation of the process, and provide the necessary resources, it is clear that educating ALL students is a priority.

    Upon review, the Department of Education stated to Sioux Central, “The commitment to provide a safe and caring learning environment is very evident in the expectations you are teaching your students – Safe, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.”


    2009 "School of the Year" by the Foundation for Foreign Study

    Sioux Central High School was recognized by EF Foundation for Foreign Study as a 2009 School of the Year. The award is given annually to high schools that make hosting exchange students a top priority and that foster environments of international awareness and cultural celebration.

    Sioux Central was one of only 10 schools chosen from over 2,000 schools that EF Foundation works with across the United States. Sioux Central was cited as having "excelled in fostering mutual respect and life-long appreciation between people from different cultures."


    2008 Outstanding Agriculture Program Award

    The agriculture program at Sioux Central Community Schools in Sioux Rapids, IA, was selected as the 2008 Iowa Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Agricultural Education Program. Melanie Bloom serves as instructor for the program.

    This award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), recognizes the nation’s most successful agricultural education programs by highlighting the local programs and teachers that achieve success. Winners are educators who have developed an outstanding agricultural education program at either the middle school or high school level. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships, and professional growth.


    2007 Bronze Medal School by U.S. News & World Report

    Sioux Central Community High School was named a bronze medal school in a nationwide search for the best high schools in the United States.

    The news magazine U.S. News & World Report--in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis business that provides parents with education data on schoolmatters.com--analyzed academic and enrollment data from more than 18,000 public high schools to find the very best across the country. These top schools were placed into gold, silver, or bronze medal categories. Sioux Central High School was a bronze medal winner.

    Thirty-six Iowa high schools were medal winners that year. Ames High School and JFK High School in Cedar Rapids won silver medal status. Thirty-four Iowa high schools won bronze. Iowa had no gold medal high schools against these criteria.
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