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  • Justin Colbert Liberty High School, located in North Liberty, IA, opened in 2017 with 750 students. Liberty is one of three fully comprehensive high schools in the Iowa City Community School District. In our three short years of existence, we have quickly grown to serve over 1150 students. Similar to our fully comprehensive sister schools in the District, Liberty offers an expansive and rigorous curriculum that includes numerous Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses, as well as a comprehensive fine arts program. Our co-curricular programming offers a wide variety of clubs and the full range of interscholastic varsity sports that compete as an active member of the Mississippi Valley Conference.

    We are fortunate to have access to a state of the art building that includes a beautiful two-story mixed-use grand commons, a two level 800 plus seat auditorium, student spaces designed to facilitate collaboration, and innovative technology that is readily available for students and staff to access. New for the 2020-2021 school year is the opening of a 500-seat, 21-classroom addition to the academic wing that was completed as part of phase III construction. Phase III construction also included the addition of a hardscaped courtyard located in the middle of our academic wing. In addition to the indoor facilities, Liberty also has excellent outdoor facilities on campus that feature a stadium/track, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, and a soccer field.

    At Liberty, we are also a positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) school. We are dedicated to fostering an effective learning environment by establishing positive behavioral supports and the culture needed for all students in our school to achieve social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success. To achieve this we have developed clear and consistent student expectations and accountabilities that reflect our core values of “Belonging, Ownership, Leadership, Teamwork, and Safety.” We continuously analyze appropriate data to drive ongoing decision-making, and apply research based best practices to improve student management and outcomes. 

    Thank you for taking time to visit our website. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance.

    Go BOLTS!  

    Justin Colbert, Principal
    (319) 688-1350
    colbert.justin@iowacityschools.org

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (9/16/20)

    We would like to provide information regarding the process we are using to determine movement between learning models (100% off-site, hybrid, 100% on-site). Much like the decision-making process for inclement weather days, our Board of Directors has authorized the Superintendent to make decisions regarding transitions between learning models. To help guide that decision-making process, we have developed a COVID-19 Decision Matrix which was approved by the Board on September 1, 2020. The matrix was developed in collaboration with Johnson County Public Health and Johnson County Emergency Management. It provides data guidelines to determine if a shift in learning models is required for an individual building or the entire District.

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  • District Announces 2021 National Merit Semifinalists

    Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Iowa City Community School District is proud to announce that the following seniors in the District have earned this honor:

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (9/11/20)

    The District has continued to monitor the COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. Based on a fourteen-day positivity rate of 20.4% as of Wednesday, September 9, and support from both Johnson County Public Health and our School Board, the District petitioned the State for permission to continue in a 100% off-site learning model for up to an additional two week period. Permission was granted from the State late yesterday.

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  • Opportunities to Pick-Up Student Materials

    It is hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of our first week of the school year. While it has not been without its bumps, the determination and resiliency of our students, staff, and families are more apparent than ever and, because of this, our year is off to a great start. We have information to share with you regarding upcoming opportunities to pick-up student materials. Please find the details by grade level below.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (9/8/20)

    Today, the Iowa City Community School District learned of the court’s decision to deny our request for emergency injunctive relief. This relief would have allowed for local control regarding school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this is not the determination that we feel is in the best interest of our community, we have prepared for this possibility.

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  • Grab & Go Meal Program Update

    We would like to provide information on school meals for all students beginning September 8, 2020. As was previously announced, we will begin the school year in a 100% off-site learning model. Due to this, we will continue our Grab & Go meal program to provide breakfast and lunch to District students.

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