A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Iowa City Community School District is an elite, public school district located in Iowa City, IA. It has 14,000 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
1725 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52245
Telephone
(319) 688-1000

Iowa City Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1400
98 responses
Average ACT
28
393 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,000
Free or Reduced Lunch
35.4%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,769
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$155,497,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,296/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%

Iowa City Community School District Reviews

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I joined the Iowa City School District towards the end of my freshman year of high school. It has been a very interesting experience. The district is very diverse and that was something that I wasn't used to, but all of the students blend well and create a great atmosphere. The teachers, staff, and classes offered in the district are top notch and I really feel like they have prepared me well for not only college, but life after in whatever career I find myself in. There are numerous ways for any student to get involved, whether that be through clubs, sports, music, or any number of other extra curricular activities offered by the schools. No matter where you find your home in this district you will find students who are driven to learn, and support each other in everything they do!
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I've been in the Iowa City Community School District since I was in kindergarten, and I have had no major, overarching complaints about the school district. The schools are very well maintained, even as Penn Elementary was celebrating is 50th anniversary when it was my last year there. For the most part, the teachers have been excellent, always willing to help kids out and really connect with their students. One thing that was very annoying about West High in particular was the parking situation. There was not enough spots for everyone to park because the administration was allowing freshmen and sophomores to drive to school. I disagree with this because it complicates the parking lots and underclassmen are not experienced drivers, so they should not be allowed to drive to high school. The district allows a lot of college credit hours, which is extremely helpful and they are supportive of students of all backgrounds.
I like that the school district is trying to to give every student in the community an "equal opportunity." Ideally this plan sounds great, but you can never really make everything equal, due to income levels of families around certain schools, funding, and also different schools give similar but different classes. However the school district is very hardworking and connected with the community and works hard to promote the education of everyone of it's students.