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City High School Awards

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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 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.

Daily Announcements

  • March 15, 2019

    • Reminder-  Students who are planning to do PSEO at the University of Iowa next year- the Deadline to have your completed paperwork turned into your counselor is Monday, March 25th- the day after Spring Break- this is a firm deadline- no exceptions.
    • Attention -- Les Mis Cast, Crew, and Orchestra: T-shirt order forms are on the drama bulletin board. Pick one up before you leave today!
    • Mock Trial will be having a bake sale after school today in the Main Foyer.
    • Bacon is asking students and teachers to take pictures of themselves in a City High shirt at their spring break destination and email it to him and he will be tweeting those out. There will be a prize for the picture with the most likes.
    • Get your copy of the Winter 2019 City High Review, City Highs renowned literary magazine! It features art, poetry, fiction and essays from City High's best and brightest! Available today!!!
    • Beginning Monday March 25th the varsity lockers rooms will be locked during the school day. PE students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of each period to use the locker room. The rest of the day they will be locked including lunch.
    • 9th graders, sophomores and juniors!  Before Spring Break, please take a few minutes to locate your Chromebook charger. If, for whatever reason, you cannot locate your charger, please let the library staff know.  Students will need their Chromebooks and chargers for testing in mid-April.  More details to come after we return from Spring Break. 
    • Just a reminder about the Excellence award   Students will nominate teachers and staff that go above and beyond.  Students will be asked to write a letter stating why this teacher or staff member should receive the Excellence  Nomination letters should be sent to Mr. Bacon or turned into the Main Office.
    • Film Fest is on its way! If you haven't already started working on films, spring break is a great time to get started. All films are due on or by May 3rd.
    • Dance Marathon is on March 30th and we will be selling tickets the week after Spring Break! If you bought a ticket before we rescheduled, you can still use that ticket! Tickets will be $5 before and $7 at the door.

City High News

District News

  • Making Up Missed School Time

    It goes without saying that this winter has delivered its fair share of inclement weather for our area. It has been quite some time since we have experienced a winter of this magnitude. With that being said, we understand that many of you have questions about how the multiple cancellations, late starts, and early dismissals will impact the end of the school year.

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  • Seeking Community Feedback on the District Developed Service Delivery Plan

    The Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education require each school district to develop a plan for the delivery of special education services. The Iowa City Community School District has conducted a process for gaining stakeholder input over the past year, and has drafted a revised District Developed Service Delivery Plan.

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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:

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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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  • District ACT Scores Released

    The Iowa City Community School District is excited to share the District’s ACT data for tested 2018 graduates. We are proud to report that once again the District's average composite ACT score of 24.9 exceeds the state's average, which comes in at 21.8 for 2018.

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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!