Iowa City Community School District

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  • ICCSD Apple Logo The Iowa City Community School District serves over 14,000 students and is the 5th largest school district in the state of Iowa. The District covers roughly 133 square miles with 19 preschool sites, 21 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, 1 alternative high school, and our Transition Services Center, a program for special education students ages 18-21. Our high schools rank among the best in the state, and our ACT test scores sit well above the state and national averages. We aim to create an exemplary school district that is acknowledged for the caliber of our graduates, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of our programs.

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District News

  • Former Roosevelt Elementary School Building and Property for Sale

    The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved the placement for sale of the former Roosevelt Elementary School building and property (611 Greenwood Drive, Iowa City). The building was built in 1931, with an addition in 1961, and is approximately 30,000 square feet. The property includes nine acres.

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  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Registration

    The Iowa City Community School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021. Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Time: 7:40 a.m. - 7:10 p.m. Place: At your child’s elementary school.

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  • 2021-2022 Voluntary Transfer Information

    This is a reminder that families intending to request a Voluntary Transfer for the 2021-22 school year must fill out a Voluntary Transfer form. The deadline to submit the form is March 1, 2021.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (2/10/21)

    We look forward to welcoming students back to 100% on-site learning beginning Monday, February 15, 2021. The ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program will continue as normal. As a reminder, Friday, February 12, 2021, will be a ‘no school’ day for both on-site and online students, and there will be no Grab & Go meals on this day. Staff will utilize this time to prepare for the return to 100% on-site learning.

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  • ICCSD Announces Online School for 2021-22 School Year

    The Iowa City Community School District announced today the establishment of a permanent PK-12 online school, ICCSD Online. The school, which is free to any school-aged student in Iowa, is now accepting students for the 2021-22 school year. Iowa parents and students who are interested in enrolling in the program should visit the ICCSD Online website, www.iowacityschools.org/ICCSDOnline, or contact the school at ICCSDonline@iowacityschools.org.

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  • School Calendar Update and Enrollment Deadline Reminder

    The Board discussed the District’s upcoming transition to a 100% on-site learning model during a special Board Meeting on February 2, 2021. In order to better prepare for this transition, it was decided that Friday, February 12, 2021, will be a ‘no school’ day for students. Staff will utilize this day to prepare to welcome students back to 100% on-site learning on Monday, February 15, 2021. This includes aligning student services, building staffing plans, equipping buildings with necessary furniture, reviewing new health and safety protocols, and conducting building cleaning. The ‘no school’ day applies to both on-site and online students and will not impact the last day of the school year this June.

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Celebrating Our Employees

  • The following comments were received via our @BePositive campaign.

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  • "My son has severe ADHD and Zach Hill was the most compassionate and encouraging teacher we’ve come across. He went out of his way to engage my son. He did an amazing job of redirecting and preventing my son from having outbursts in front of his peers. He’s honestly had the most profound impact on my child. " (Zach Hill, Teacher, Northwest Junior High)

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  • "Sara Jones is not only a great teacher, but an amazing advocate for students. She works tirelessly to help students feel loved and safe." (Sara Jones, Teacher, South East Junior High)

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  • "Ms. Tisinger is so amazing! She does so much to help teachers and students and helps make the library a welcoming place where students feel safe and supported. (Meg Tisinger, Media Secretary, South East Junior High)

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  • "Sra. Ahlers is my Spanish teacher and she is always super positive. Multiple other students have agreed that her voice sounds like an angel. I think she is doing a great job at easing us into another language and helping us to make other Spanish speaking students feel welcome." (Lynn Ahlers, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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  • "Andrew Smith has been a positive influence on me since I was first in his class last year. He taught in a way that was easy for me to understand and encouraged learning while keeping the tone real and light-hearted. He has helped me figure out what I want to be when I grow up, a question I used to answer with I don’t know. I realized that I’m really good and interested in science (a subject I used to find agonizingly boring) and I want to be an environmental engineer. He has also helped me become a better person in ways I didn’t expect and I respect him deeply for that." (Andrew Smith, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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Superintendent's Message

  • Matt Degner When people think about our schools, words like traditional and established come to mind, but also responsive, innovative, creative, inclusive, and progressive. For more than one hundred years, the Iowa City Community School District has been the instructional leader in eastern Iowa, across the state, and throughout the nation. 

    What makes the Iowa City Community School District so special? Talented and dedicated staff is the foundation of our success. Walking through the halls of our schools, you will notice the pride our employees take in their work. Everything we do is focused on providing the finest educational opportunities for the children of our community. Expectations are high — for students and employees — and it shows time and time again in the recognition of our people and programs.

    Our community sets a high priority on the education of its youth. Strong, open communication and efficient use of tax dollars are cornerstones of citizen support for the District’s educational programs. Community partnership and input into our planning are key components of our schools’ success.

    There are many ways to measure the quality of education in a community. We feel confident that you will find that quality is the hallmark in each of our schools. When you visit our classrooms, you will see firsthand what educational excellence is all about in the Iowa City Community School District.

    Matt Degner
    Superintendent of Schools
    degner.matt@iowacityschools.org

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