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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 www.thelittlehawk.com 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

  • February 21, 2019

    • City High Girls basketball team will be playing in the Girls State Basketball tournament on Monday, February 25th at 11:45AM. We will have a pep bus going to the game.  Permission slips are located on the counter in the Main Office and MUST be signed and returned by 1:00PM TOMORROW!  The cost is $15 and this includes the price of your ticket.
    • The Review will have a quick meeting after school in room 1101 today.
    • Interact club is selling matchmaker results today (Thursday) after school and tomorrow (Friday) before school at 8:15 and immediately following school. Results cost 3 dollars and don’t forget to vote for which charity the proceeds go to! This is your last opportunity to buy your results so don’t forget!
    • City High Movie Club will try one more time to have the showing of the movie “Princess Bride” on Thursday, February 21 from 4:05-6:15 in the Little Theater. All are welcome! Free admission.
    • Looking for Silver Cord Hours? We have some elementary schools looking for students to help with their school carnivals.  Details in the Main Office.
    • City High Yearbook are really trying to get everyone in the yearbook this year so we can have a fully diverse book that represents our student body.  If you and your students could email...THEREDANDWHITEYB@GMAIL.COM a great photo from the year. On Fridays we will give out a $5 gift card to Pancheros or Starbucks to the best photo.  Last day to purchase a yearbook is MARCH 1st.

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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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  • 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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  • 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: www.IowaCitySchools.org/DistrictMaps.

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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!

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