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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

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    • Congratulations to the City High Girls Basketball team for qualifying for the STATE TOURNAMENT! They will play on Monday, March 2nd at 10AM in Des Moines!
    • We are setting up a Pep Bus for students to make the trip to the game on Monday in Des Moines. Permission forms are located on the counter in the Main Office.  Cost is $15.00 and this includes the bus and a ticket to the game.  Permission slips and money must be turned in to the Main Office by FRIDAY, February 28th at 9AM.
    • Students needing a schedule adjustment to their trimester 3 schedule should stop by the Guidance Office and make an appointment to meet with their Counselor. Appointments will be available until March 6.
    • The application deadline for the Iowa City Masonic Scholarship deadline is fast approaching. All applications must be postmarked by March 2nd, 2020. To date we have only received only five (5) applications for the ten (10) scholarships totaling over $15,000, we are planning to award. See the Guidance Office for information.
    • We have been contacted by several elementary schools looking for volunteers to help with their Spring Carnivals. Please see the Silver Cord folder in the Main Office for the details.
    • City High Dance Marathon is having an FTK (for the kids) fundraiser on Thursday! Come get some AWESOME baked goods on Thursday after school. All proceeds FOR THE KIDS! Also, Dance Marathon is holding their dance on March 28. Tickets are $5 and will be available as soon as we get back from Spring Break!
    • Attention girls that are interested in playing golf for the Little Hawks Girls Golf Team this Spring: There will be an informational meeting TOMORROW MORNING at 8:15 AM in Room 1210.  If you cannot attend this meeting please contact Coach Bevelacqua or Coach Wells prior to Thursday.
    • The District Parent Organization (DPO) is offering scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to pursue a college major/career in education/teaching. The deadline is March 9. The DPO Scholarship information can be found in the Main Office.

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  • Portrait of a Graduate Design Team

    The Iowa City Community School District has joined forces with Battelle for Kids as we prepare to design our Portrait of a Graduate. Our Portrait of a Graduate is a collective vision that articulates our community’s aspirations for all of our students and helps to shape the future direction of our schools. This approach involves the entire school community—educators in partnership with students, parents, businesses, and others—to make 21st century learning a reality for all students.

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  • Teacher Job Fair

    Calling all aspiring teachers! The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a Teacher Job Fair on Tuesday, March 31. We are looking to hire daily substitute teachers, long-term substitute teachers, and individuals in high need areas such as Special Education, ELL, and more. The District will also be considering applicants for the 2020–21 school year.

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  • ICCSD Application Event

    The Iowa City Community School District is looking for excellent candidates for a variety of positions across our district. We will be holding an application event at North Central Junior High School from 5-7 pm on Thursday, March 26. At this event, individuals will have access to computers and internet services along with assistance with the online application process.

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  • Information on Coronavirus from Johnson Co. Public Health

    The Iowa City Community School District has been working closely with Johnson Co. Public Health (JCPH) in regards to the Coronavirus outbreak in China. JCPH reports that, at this time, the risk to Iowans from this virus remains very low. They have provided the following information for your reference.

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  • Annual Asbestos Notification

    The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires school districts to notify parents and staff of the district's asbestos program, locations of AHERA Management Plans, and schools where asbestos work has been performed.

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  • Final General Obligation Bond Sales

    On January 14, 2020, the District completed the sale of $65,925,000 of General Obligation Bonds Series 2020. This sale is the third and final sale of general obligation bonds from the September 12, 2017 bond referendum of $191,525,000 as approved by district voters.

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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!