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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

  • City High 2018 Career Caravan for Sophomores

    November 15, 2018

    • Girls basketball is selling fan shirts for the upcoming season. There are short sleeve, long sleeve, and sweatshirt options. There is an online store, or order forms are in the office and are due by November 23rd.
    • The Review, City High's renowned literary magazine is extending their deadline for print submissions! Submit your poetry, essays, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography by November 20th for consideration. Repeat November 20th is the submission deadline for The Review print edition! Email your submissions to
    • City High will be offering a Manufacturing 1/Woods Class second trimester. This class is held at South East and a bus is available to take you to and from SEJH.  If this sounds like a class you would be interested in taking, please see your counselor this week!
    • Current members or Ladies interested in G World or the City High United Latina Association (CHULA) are welcome to come to a group mixer this Thursday after school in room 1113.   Games and pizza will be provided!
    • Interact Club is partnering with the organization End Polio Now through a change drive for Polio November 12-15 in your 5th hour class. End Polio Now is working to vaccinate people worldwide and with your donation, they are on track to eradicate polio in the next 5 years. Bring in your spare change! The 5th period that donates the most will receive baked goods.
    • Little Hawks! Don’t miss out! Order your BEAT WEST/BEAT LIBERTY t-shirt today! Your order must be in by Friday, November 16th. Pick up a flier in the main office
    • 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.

City High News

  • See the proposed CHS Renovation Fly Over Video

    Check out this amazing fly-through video illustrating the proposed design of the addition and renovation project at City High School! Work is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2019.

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  • Canvas Access

    In Fall, 2017, the district launched Canvas as its secondary-level Learning Management System. This platform – which is used by dozens of school districts throughout Iowa, as well as by The University of Iowa and Iowa State University – serves as the online platform for all secondary-level coursework in the Iowa City Schools.

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  • City High Best Buddies: High School Chapter of the Year

    Iowa City High School has been a standout chapter over a decade and contains all the components needs for an exceptional chapter. Their student leaders, both with and without IDD, are dedicated, forward thinking individuals who work together more like a family than simply a team.

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District News

  • 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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  • 'Say Something' Reporting Tool

    The Iowa City Community School District has launched the ‘Say Something’ campaign to provide students, staff, and parents an alternative option for reporting bullying incidents, sexual assault or harassment incidents, and school safety concerns. Reports can be submitted by texting @SaySomething to the number 35134 or using your phone’s camera to read the QR code on the posters on display throughout each school. In addition, the link to use this same system via computer is a bookmark on every Chromebook in the District.

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  • District Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

    Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Iowa City Community School District is proud to announce that 25 District students have been included in this honor. West High leads the state again with 21 students named as 2019 Semifinalists, and City High boasts 4 Semifinalists.

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  • Unanimous Approval for Amendment to Teacher and Paraeducator Negotiated Agreements

    The Iowa City Community School District is proud to announce the unanimous approval of an amendment to the teacher and paraeducator negotiated agreements by the School Board during their September 11, 2018 meeting. In the wake of changes at the state level regarding collective bargaining, this amendment helps ensure the continuation of a collaborative and supportive relationship between the Iowa City Education Association (ICEA) and the district for the benefit of staff.

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  • Updated Protocol for Early Release Due to Heat

    The Iowa City Community School District has updated the protocol for releasing students early due to heat. We are excited to announce that this year, all of our elementary students will be in air-conditioned learning spaces. This means that there will no longer be a need to release our elementary schools early due to high temperatures as we have occasionally had to do in the past.

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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!