Iowa City Community School District

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  • Celebrating our student achievements

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  • ICCSD Apple Logo The Iowa City Community School District serves over 14,000 students and is the 5th largest school district in the state of Iowa. The District covers roughly 133 square miles with 19 preschool sites, 21 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, 1 alternative high school, and our Transition Services Center, a program for special education students ages 18-21. Our high schools rank among the best in the state, and our ACT test scores sit well above the state and national averages. We aim to create an exemplary school district that is acknowledged for the caliber of our graduates, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of our programs.

    Iowa City Community School District Strategic Plan

District News

  • Registration Deadline Extension and Registration Webinars

    Based on the cancellation of the August 11 School Board meeting and PowerSchool eRegistration still temporarily unavailable due to storm-related outages, the District is extending the registration deadline, for the selection below, through Wednesday, August 19, 2020. We will notify families as soon as service to eRegistration is restored. Complete registration information can be found on our Registration and Enrollment webpage.

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  • 2020-21 Registration and Enrollment Information

    We are excited to announce that e-Registration is now open for the 2020-21 school year. While we understand that there are still many unknowns about what the upcoming school year will look like, enrolling and registering students is a crucial step in finalizing multiple details surrounding our unique return to learning this fall.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    As we prepare to welcome students back for the start of a new school year, we would like to take a moment to remind families of the commitment to safety, equity, and inclusion that the Iowa City Community School District holds. Every student in each of our schools deserves a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment. It is our responsibility as educators to provide this environment. It is also our responsibility to ensure that there are mechanisms in place for students and parents to report instances that do not meet our expectations for such an environment. We then have an obligation to rectify these situations and restore the learning environment for our students.

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  • Summer Grab & Go Meal Program Extension

    Due to the move of our start date for the school year to Tuesday, September 8, 2020, we are extending our summer Grab & Go meal service program through Friday, August 21, 2020. The Grab & Go sites will continue to run from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted in the schedule below.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (8/6/20)

    We have been notified by the Iowa Department of Education that our application for permission to begin the year in an off-site learning model has been denied. While this is not the outcome that we were hoping for, we have been preparing for this possibility. We plan to discuss our next steps with the Board during their meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, and we will provide an update to families as soon as possible.

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  • New Start Date and Return-to-Learn Update (8/5/20)

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the Iowa City Community School District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to delay the start date of the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school for all learning models will now be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The updated school calendar details the new start and end dates, as well as other key dates, for the 2020-21 school year. Last night’s presentation to the Board, which includes the data from the recent school start date survey, can be found on our Return-to-Learn website.

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Celebrating Our Employees

  • The following comments were received via our @BePositive campaign.

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  • "My son has severe ADHD and Zach Hill was the most compassionate and encouraging teacher we’ve come across. He went out of his way to engage my son. He did an amazing job of redirecting and preventing my son from having outbursts in front of his peers. He’s honestly had the most profound impact on my child. " (Zach Hill, Teacher, Northwest Junior High)

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  • "Sara Jones is not only a great teacher, but an amazing advocate for students. She works tirelessly to help students feel loved and safe." (Sara Jones, Teacher, South East Junior High)

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  • "Ms. Tisinger is so amazing! She does so much to help teachers and students and helps make the library a welcoming place where students feel safe and supported. (Meg Tisinger, Media Secretary, South East Junior High)

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  • "Sra. Ahlers is my Spanish teacher and she is always super positive. Multiple other students have agreed that her voice sounds like an angel. I think she is doing a great job at easing us into another language and helping us to make other Spanish speaking students feel welcome." (Lynn Ahlers, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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  • "Andrew Smith has been a positive influence on me since I was first in his class last year. He taught in a way that was easy for me to understand and encouraged learning while keeping the tone real and light-hearted. He has helped me figure out what I want to be when I grow up, a question I used to answer with I don’t know. I realized that I’m really good and interested in science (a subject I used to find agonizingly boring) and I want to be an environmental engineer. He has also helped me become a better person in ways I didn’t expect and I respect him deeply for that." (Andrew Smith, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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Superintendent's Message

  • Matt Degner When people think about our schools, words like traditional and established come to mind, but also responsive, innovative, creative, inclusive, and progressive. For more than one hundred years, the Iowa City Community School District has been the instructional leader in eastern Iowa, across the state, and throughout the nation. 

    What makes the Iowa City Community School District so special? A talented and dedicated staff is the foundation of our success. Walking through the halls of our schools, you will notice the pride our employees take in their work. Everything we do is focused toward providing the finest educational opportunities for the children of our community. Expectations are high — for students and employees — and it shows time and time again in the recognition of our people and programs.

    Our community sets a high priority on the education of its youth. Strong, open communication and efficient use of tax dollars are cornerstones of citizen support for the District’s educational programs. Community partnership and input into our planning are key components of our schools’ success.

    There are many ways to measure the quality of education in a community. We feel confident that you will find that quality is the hallmark in each of our schools. When you visit our classrooms, you will see firsthand what educational excellence is all about in the Iowa City Community School District.

    Matt Degner
    Interim Superintendent of Schools
    degner.matt@iowacityschools.org

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