Tate High School is “The School of Choice” for students who desire a smaller setting, individualized learning, and a more flexible path to graduation. As the regional alternative high school for Iowa City and the surrounding communities, our mission is to maximize every student’s academic potential and personal wellbeing through personalized educational experiences.
Tate High School employs a highly-qualified, collaborative staff that is supportive, positive, and flexible. Our small setting allows us to focus on our students’ academic and personal needs and the structures we have in place help guide them in making better life choices. As each new student joins our community, they attend an orientation where we assess their math, reading, and writing skills. These assessments help us differentiate instruction in order to maximize every student’s academic success.
Tate is a PBIS school, which focuses on the positive behavioral intervention supports. This provides a platform for helping students learn personal responsibility and traits of success. Throughout each trimester, the staff establishes a comprehensive intervention program to meet the individual needs of every student. At the end of each trimester, students are recognized for excellence in the classrooms and for positive choices. This results in a safe, respectful, and nurturing environment for the entire Tate community.
To complement Tate’s academic offerings, numerous student opportunities exist: leadership roles, interest-driven clubs, and community partnerships with Habitat for Humanity.
About Elizabeth Tate
Elizabeth Tate High School is named after Elizabeth (Bettye) Crawford Tate, a significant figure in the Iowa City community.
Elizabeth (Bettye) Crawford Tate was born in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1906. Bettye and her husband Junious “Bud” Tate bought Iowa City’s first rooming house built expressly for black tenants in 1940, named Tate Arms. Many former boarders who went on to earn advanced degrees became judges, doctors, and lawyers, and attributed their success to the Tate Arms house.
Tate later worked in the University of Iowa’s cardiovascular laboratory for 22 years until she retired in 1976. She began as a clinical technician, but by the time of her retirement, she had been promoted to supervisor with her own office and 20 employees.
Two of Tate’s hobbies included traveling and theater. Tate toured Europe, South America, and the United States. Tate was a charter member of the Iowa City Community Theater, where she sold advertising, sat on the board of directors and took part in various productions.
Tate also was an active volunteer and was honored for devoting more than one thousand hours of volunteer service to the University Hospitals and Clinics in 1994. In 1991 Tate was honored as a volunteer docent at the Old Capitol for the more than five hundred hours of service she provided.