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    • Iowa City High School has recently been named as one of America's top high schools by Newsweek for 2015 and by The Daily Beast for 2014.  It has also been named as one of the top schools in the country by US News and World Report, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.   
    • City High was identified as an EXEMPLAR SCHOOL for college readiness. 
    • City High's student publication The Little Hawk and website www.thelittlehawk.com has been named a Pacemaker in 2014, 2015, and 2016, 2017
    • One of the only high schools in the country to receive both awards and the only school in Iowa.  
    • Best Buddies has been named the leading chapter in the country repeatedly over the last decade.

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District News

  • Summer Meal Program

    We are excited to announce that our Grab & Go Meal Program will continue through the summer. The summer program will run from June 21 through August 6, 2021. Meals will be served from noon -1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 1, 2, and 5. Below is the list of summer Grab & Go Meal locations:

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  • Infinite Campus Transition Information

    At the end of this school year, the Iowa City Community School District will switch student information systems, moving from PowerSchool to Infinite Campus. By June 15, 2021, parents/guardians with students enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year will receive a message with instructions to create a parent portal account within Infinite Campus.

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  • Summer 2021 Health and Safety Guidance

    Beginning June 14, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will start reintegrating certain practices that were suspended or modified during the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The below guidance focuses on District building access and general use. Health and safety guidelines related to the instructional day for the 2021-2022 school year will be published on August 11, 2021. Health and safety remain a priority for the District. The District will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates and will make adjustments as needed.

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  • FMP 2.0 Planning Information

    The Iowa City Community School District is excited to begin the development phase of Facilities Master Plan 2.0 (FMP). Similar to the first FMP, which is nearing completion, FMP 2.0 will become a District-wide, multi-year facilities plan focused on creating innovative 21st Century learning environments across our District. Building off our recently completed work on Portrait of a Graduate, FMP 2.0 will create instructional spaces that help maximize student opportunity and support all students being college, career, and life ready when they leave the District.

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  • ISASP and 2021-22 School Calendar Information

    We would like to provide you with a couple of pieces of information today. One is related to the recent statewide assessment that your student participated in and the other related to the school calendar for next year.

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  • Mask Update (5/20/21)

    Governor Reynolds signed into law HF 847 which states that school districts can no longer require students, staff, or visitors to wear masks while in school or on District property. The law is effective immediately, therefore, face coverings will now be optional for students, staff, and visitors beginning May 20, 2021.

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Principal's Message

  • John Bacon Welcome to City High School!

    City High is a special place with a rich and distinguished history. Our students are incredible, talented young people. Our families are highly supportive, active, and involved. Our faculty and staff represent true excellence in education. Our alumni share a common bond and continually rally around our beautiful school. Together, we are “The School That Leads!”

    As a proud graduate of City High (1992), I have a deep passion for our school. More than anything else, the experience I had as a student at City High shaped the future direction of my life. It is an honor and a joy to serve as principal.

    At City High, we share a common vision. Our school will be: 

    •  An academic powerhouse that delivers a world-class education
    •  A comprehensive high school with co-curricular activities that operate at an elite level in the great state of Iowa
    •  A place where all students are connected to our school so that they feel important, valued, and that they belong
    •  An institution with the highest code of ethics for students and staff; a place of deep respect and kindness

    Thanks for taking time to visit our website. It’s great to be a City High Little Hawk!

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