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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

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019

      Tuesday, October 15, 2019

       On Friday, October 18, City High will be hosting Caren Shank to speak to students about the importance of being an organ donor. This event will take place in Opstad during Advisory on Friday, Students interested in attending should sign up in the Main Office.
       Attention Seniors! It's time to be applying for Financial Aid for next year. All Seniors considering a university or community college should apply. Have questions? There is an informational meeting about Financial Aid starting now in the Little Theater with Russ John and Counselors.  
       Attention ladies who are part of The Girls That Lead. Please check your email for an update about changing this week's meeting date due to the PSATs. 
       Friday is a big day for Best Buddies! Members interested in marching with the University of Iowa Chapter of Best Buddies should plan on meeting on Washington St. near the New Pioneer Co-Op at 5:15 p.m. The parade will go from 5:45p.m.-6:45 p.m. leaving plenty of time to get to our other Friday night activity, the City High Football Game! Athletic Director Mr. Phil Hansen is letting all Best Buddies in for free! Just go by the main gate on the West Side of Bates Field and tell the ticket attendant your name. We look forward to seeing you there! Also, the new Best Buddies t-shirts are in and they are only $10. They will be on sale at the Coffee Cart in the commons periods 1-3 starting this Wednesday. Shirts are available on a first come first serve basis and we will accept cash and checks. 
       Attention Wrestlers or anyone thinking of wrestling this year.  There will be an informational meeting in the commons during advisory on Friday.  Please let Coach Connell know if you have any questions or cannot make it for any
       City High Dance Marathon is having our “Purple Out To Boot Cancer” football game on October 25th, the City/West game. We will be selling remembrance footballs and bubbles for the game the week before. Be sure to do whatever you can to support City High dance marathon!!!!
       Are you interested in learning more about Pete Buttigieg? Join Caucus Club in the Commons after school on Wednesday October 16 and keep your eyes open for other campaigns we will be hosting!
       The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's (YMAA) club will be selling goodies after school on Friday. Come and donate, it's $2 for each goodie; contact Elise L for more information. 

       The North Liberty Kiwanis are looking for volunteers to help with the FIELD OF SCREAMS. If you would like more information about this scary event, see the Main Office.
       The final day to drop a first trimester course without an "F" is October 21
       SENIORS: The Senior Visit Day to the University of Iowa will be November 6th - talk with your counselor to get information and permission forms. You must be admissible to the University in order to attend. Deadline to register is November 4th.
       SENIORS:  You need to order your Diploma NOW - go online to the City High and Guidance web pages for the order link. October 22 is the deadline for ordering your diploma. You should be completing your order form for your graduation cap, gown and tassel -Mr. Stern will be at City High on October 18th from 10:00-1:00 to turn in your order forms.
       Students who plan to take the Kirkwood Fundamentals of Oral Communication course for Spring semester 2020 should check with Mrs.Hoel to be sure you are scheduled for and approved for the course.
       Students who want/plan to take PSEO coursework at the University of Iowa for Spring semester:  the new PSEO forms are here- see your counselor to get the Spring PSEO forms. Deadline for completed paperwork is: OCTOBER 22 (FIRM DEADLINE)
       School Pictures have arrived! If you ordered pictures, please stop in the Main Office to pick them up when you have an open hour or before/after school.
       Once again we will be nominating City High teachers for 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 award. Nomination letters should be sent to Mr. Bacon or turned into the Main Office.
       UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS: U.S. Army Thursday, October 17 11:30AM

City High News

District News

  • 'Here Comes the Bus' App

    Here Comes The Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    It is with mixed emotions that I write to you today. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, and community of the Iowa City Community School District for the past decade. As I look back on the past ten years, I am very proud to have been a part of a team that has done so much for our children. I genuinely feel that the district is set up for success for years to come. I also feel confident that this is a good time to consider a transition both professionally and personally. It is with all this in mind that I have shared with the Board that I will be moving on at the end of my current contract, June 30, 2021.

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  • Open Enrollment Deadline

    Parents/guardians residing in an Iowa school district may enroll their child into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code section 282.18 and the administrative rules of the Iowa Department of Education. Forms to be used are available in the central office of Iowa school districts. For students in grades 1-12, the completed form must be filed with both the resident and receiving district by March 1 of the year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is desired.

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  • Iowa City Community School District Announces 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

    Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th 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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  • Message to the Community

    As we welcome students back for the new school year, we would like to take a moment to remind families of the commitment to equity and inclusion that the Iowa City Community School District holds. As efforts are being made by the federal government to crack down on immigrants and refugees in the United States, our responsibility to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for all of our students to participate in their education becomes more important than ever.

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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!