Iowa City Community School District

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  • ICCSD Apple Logo The Iowa City Community School District serves nearly 14,000 students and is the 5th largest school district in the state of Iowa. The District covers roughly 133 square miles with 18 preschool sites, 21 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, and 1 alternative high school. 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

  • Message to Families Regarding School Safety

    Over the past week, there has been an increase in the number of conversations and concerns surrounding school safety. Traumatic and unthinkable events occurring in our country have prompted each of us to pause and reflect on the security measures we have in place. These conversations and events reveal a unifying mission to keep our children safe.

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  • Safety and Security in Our Schools

    Our hearts go out to the Broward County Public Schools community. The incident that unfolded yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is an unspeakable tragedy and our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with those involved as they recover from this horrific attack. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, so each time there is violence on a school campus, it prompts us to reflect on the safety measures that we have in place.

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  • Statement from the Board on Union Contract Negotiations

    Last spring, Iowa legislators voted to gut Chapter 20, removing nearly all negotiating points from union contracts. The ICCSD administrative and board team, building upon the very strong and collaborative relationship with employee groups, came together to quickly and effectively protect those rights by ratifying five negotiated agreements at a special Board meeting on February 13, 2017.

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  • Christine Grant Elementary Attendance Area Development Documents

    Christine Grant Elementary School will open in the fall of 2019 in North Liberty across from South Slope Communications. The attendance area development process began in January of 2018. To view draft boundary maps and documents from the attendance area development process, please visit

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  • Preschool Registration is Open!

    The Iowa City Community School District, as part of the State-Wide Voluntary Preschool Program, offers free preschool for children who turn four years old on or before September 15, 2018. The programs offer morning and afternoon sessions to meet student and family needs.

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Superintendent's Message

  • Stephen Murley When people think about our schools, words like traditional and established come to mind, but also responsive, innovative, creative, 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.

    Stephen F. Murley
    Superintendent of Schools