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Iowa City High School

Public | 9-12 | 1395 students

 

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Posted February 11, 2013

I graduated in 2012, and could not have been happier with the education I received. I was allowed to be a free thinker, to take charge of my own education, and to interact with my teachers on a level that was more comfortable than "I am teacher. LEARN." The new principal is incredibly friendly, personable, and tries to have an active interaction with every single student in the school. The teachers are brilliant, fun, and well educated in their fields.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2013

Unfortunately this is not as good a school as West High, this has resulted in the school system forcing children that had been traditionally zoned for West High to go to City High even though their friends at Northwest are going to West.


Posted May 2, 2012

City high is a great school. New principal is amazing. Great music and athletics. aP programs growing. Nice facilities.


Posted October 19, 2011

City High is a great environment for students to learn, excell and become outstanding young adults. The administration and teachers are phenomonal and challenge the kids to be the best they can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

My oldest child graduated in 2009, and my youngest is a sophomore at The School That Leads! Opportunities in music, athletics, drama, and other activities are amazing! Dozens of All-State musicians and a dynastic football program are just the lead stories of the great things happening at City High. CHS is an academic powerhouse, annually seeing $! millionn + in scholarships to grads! Alumni include a number of Rhodes Scholars and a Nobel Prize winner! It's a beautiful school and a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

This school in on the School In Need of Assistance list due to the fact that they can't seem to educate the minority population in this town without shoving them in a special learning program. Test scores and privileged parents' reviews do not tell the whole story of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Can't say enough good things about City High! My oldest graduated from City in 2008 and my middle child is attending now as a Freshman. He's loving high school and City provides many, many great opportunities for him to excel academically, socially, artistically/musically, and as an athlete. The coaches/sponsors do their utmost to make sure all the students that want to participate can. The teachers have routinely been great! His English and German teachers both communicated with his father and I within the 1st week of school! How great is that? With a school as large as City is, it's wonderful to know my child has teachers so committed to his success. Again, can't say enough good things about City! Great job - keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great teachers and coaches; and wonderful opportunities for students to excel and work toward excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Easily one of the best public schools in the country. Their standardized test scores are head and shoulders above other high schools in Iowa as well as throughout the country. Their concert band has won two Grammys, and the teachers are truly the cream of the 'One-Room Schoolhouse' State's crop.


Posted January 21, 2009

It's good to be involved in city high sports. It's one of the majors athletic high school in the district. Keep up the good work city
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2008

I am proud to be an educator at City High School. Iowa City High School does provide excellent educational opportunities for all students. The majority of students are truly proud to be 'Little Hawks'. The parents, administration, teachers and staff work together to provide a safe, clean and challenging environment for all students. City High School is a treasure chest!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 25, 2008

An excellent high school going through a time of adjusting to more growth in the community. excellent teachers work with all students to provide creative challenging courses in a wide range of interest areas and for all abilities. Excellent music program! I have a daughter that graduated two years ago and one present daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2007

Gangs are starting to become a problem, physical fights are too common. Sports are very succesful and most teachers are good.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 4, 2006

Academic programs are excellent (wide variety and rigorous). Music department is outstanding (winner of three Grammy awards!). Top notch athletics. Parents are always welcomed by teachers and administration. My child went to a tier 1 university upon graduating (2005) and had no trouble making the dean's list each term.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2004

City High is definetly a great place to learn. the teachers have experience in many fields and the faculty is outstanding. the athletic department is fantastic and the music department is unbeliveable.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
African American59%
Asian82%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
African American64%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 81%
Black 14% 5%
Hispanic 12% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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1900 Morningside Dr
Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: (319) 688-1040

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