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.
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.