Iowa City Community School District

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  • Celebrating our student achievements

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  • ICCSD Apple Logo The Iowa City Community School District serves over 14,000 students and is the 5th largest school district in the state of Iowa. The District covers roughly 133 square miles with 19 preschool sites, 21 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, 1 alternative high school, and our Transition Services Center, a program for special education students ages 18-21. Our high schools rank among the best in the state, and our ACT test scores sit well above the state and national averages. We aim to create an exemplary school district that is acknowledged for the caliber of our graduates, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of our programs.

    Iowa City Community School District Strategic Plan

District News

  • Kindergarten Registration

    The Iowa City Community School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2020. Registration will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 7:40 am to 7:10 pm at your elementary school.

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  • Preschool Registration

    The Iowa City Community School District, as part of the State-Wide Voluntary Preschool Program, offers free preschool for children who turn four years old on or before September 15, 2020. The programs offer morning and afternoon sessions to meet student and family needs.

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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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  • Introducing the Student AIM Card

    The Iowa City Community School District, in partnership with the Coralville, Iowa City, and North Liberty public libraries, is pleased to announce a new literary initiative to offer students greater access to books and other resources. We call it the AIM Card.

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  • Comprehensive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

    In 2018-19, the ICCSD engaged in a strategic planning process to update the Comprehensive Equity Plan. The process was facilitated by the Equity Implemented Partnership using guiding principles and a development process that is modeled after the process the University of Iowa engaged in over the past year to create the University of Iowa’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan which was completed in April 2019.

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Celebrating Our Employees

  • The following comments were received via our @BePositive campaign.

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  • "Sara Jones is not only a great teacher, but an amazing advocate for students. She works tirelessly to help students feel loved and safe." (Sara Jones, Teacher, South East Junior High)

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  • "Ms. Tisinger is so amazing! She does so much to help teachers and students and helps make the library a welcoming place where students feel safe and supported. (Meg Tisinger, Media Secretary, South East Junior High)

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  • "Sra. Ahlers is my Spanish teacher and she is always super positive. Multiple other students have agreed that her voice sounds like an angel. I think she is doing a great job at easing us into another language and helping us to make other Spanish speaking students feel welcome." (Lynn Ahlers, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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  • "Andrew Smith has been a positive influence on me since I was first in his class last year. He taught in a way that was easy for me to understand and encouraged learning while keeping the tone real and light-hearted. He has helped me figure out what I want to be when I grow up, a question I used to answer with I don’t know. I realized that I’m really good and interested in science (a subject I used to find agonizingly boring) and I want to be an environmental engineer. He has also helped me become a better person in ways I didn’t expect and I respect him deeply for that." (Andrew Smith, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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  • "Samantha Goodman is a real professional in the true sense of the word. She interacts very well with her students, has a great sense of humor and handles all situations in a calm detached way. I have worked with her for two years and she sets the bar high in support staff professionalism" (Samantha Goodman, Paraeducator, Wickham Elementary School)

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Superintendent's Message

  • Stephen Murley When people think about our schools, words like traditional and established come to mind, but also responsive, innovative, creative, inclusive, and progressive. For more than one hundred years, the Iowa City Community School District has been the instructional leader in eastern Iowa, across the state, and throughout the nation. 

    What makes the Iowa City Community School District so special? A talented and dedicated staff is the foundation of our success. Walking through the halls of our schools, you will notice the pride our employees take in their work. Everything we do is focused toward providing the finest educational opportunities for the children of our community. Expectations are high — for students and employees — and it shows time and time again in the recognition of our people and programs.

    Our community sets a high priority on the education of its youth. Strong, open communication and efficient use of tax dollars are cornerstones of citizen support for the District’s educational programs. Community partnership and input into our planning are key components of our schools’ success.

    There are many ways to measure the quality of education in a community. We feel confident that you will find that quality is the hallmark in each of our schools. When you visit our classrooms, you will see firsthand what educational excellence is all about in the Iowa City Community School District.

    Stephen F. Murley
    Superintendent of Schools
    murley.stephen@iowacityschools.org

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