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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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  • Tour our Little Hawk Campus!  Check out this City High campus video create by City High graduate, Jacob Strathearn. 

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  • Registration Information for the 2019-20 School Year

    In preparation for the first day of classes on Friday, August 23, e-Registration will be open for the 2019/20 school year beginning Thursday, August 1. Once registration is open, parents and guardians can log into their PowerSchool account to complete the e-Registration process by using the following link...

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  • School Board Election Information

    The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors has four (4) seats up for election on November 5, 2019. Nominations for open seats can be filed between August 26, 2019 and September 19, 2019. The deadline to file is 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

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  • 2019 Summer Reading Resources

    District teacher librarians have compiled a great list of resources for summer reading! From recommended book lists by grade level and links to online books, to area library reading programs, free bus ride to the library, and the current location of the bookmobile, this newsletter has it all.

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  • 2019-20 Elementary Attendance Areas

    The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved new elementary attendance areas for the 2019-20 school year. The new boundaries were approved during their November 27 board meeting. The updated maps can be found on the District website at the following link: www.IowaCitySchools.org/DistrictMaps.

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  • Schools Serving as Election Polling Sites

    We have received multiple inquiries regarding our schools serving as election polling locations. While we understand the concern of allowing our schools to be open to the public throughout the school day, we are required by State Statute 49.24 to make our facilities available for this purpose.

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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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