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.

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District News

  • Community Meeting on City High School Design

    The Iowa City Community School District will hold a second community meeting regarding the design for City High School’s renovation and addition project. The goal of this meeting is to present the feedback from the first meeting, show how it lead to the development of additional programmatic solutions, present those program solutions and get feedback that will help narrow these to a final program solution.

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  • Iowa City Student Named Journalist of the Year

    City High’s Mina Takahashi takes top student journalism honor; West High’s Nina Elkadi named first runner-up. The Iowa High School Press Association (IHSPA) announced that City High senior Mina Takahashi has been named their 2018 Iowa Journalist of the Year. She receives a trophy, a $500 award from IHSPA and the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, and an opportunity to compete for the national Journalism Education Association (JEA) Journalist of the Year award.

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  • 2018 US Presidential Scholar Candidates Announced

    Thirteen seniors from the Iowa City Community School District have been named as candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Three candidates are from City High School: Eden Knopp, Jakob Roggy, and Evelyn Smith. West High School students receiving the honor are Quinn Baker, Colleen Bloeser, Jingyi Du, Eman Elsheikh, Lauren Ernt, Alex Granner, Kevin Liu, Yangtian Shangguan, Wingel Xue, and Lien Zhu.

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  • Local Finalists Named for National Merit Scholarship Program

    Finalists have been named for the National Merit Scholarship Program, and 32 of those honored students hail from the Iowa City Community School District.

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  • English Language Arts Curriculum Review Survey Is Now Open

    The Iowa City Community School District is reviewing the English Language Arts program, and we need to hear what teachers, administrators, students, and parents think about the program. Your feedback will help us determine the strengths and limitations of the English Language Arts program, so we can make any needed improvements.

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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