Boarding and Day Performing Arts School

Iowa City, IA

Brilliance at every stage.

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Immerse yourself in the arts experience!

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Gap Year

What a difference a year makes!

Prepare for the next step

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Arts every day!

Full or Half Day

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Dance

Dance

A program for high school students who are suited for and dedicated to the study of dance.

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

A program for high school students looking for a deeper experience in all aspects of theatre education.

Music

Music

A program for high school students interested in growing their individual musicianship with non-traditional music-making opportunities.

Visual Arts/Design & Production

Visual Arts/Design & Production

A program for high school students who engage in the visual and fabric arts and want to take their work to the stage.

Dance

A program for high school students who are suited for and dedicated to the study of dance.

Theatre Arts

A program for high school students looking for a deeper experience in all aspects of theatre education.

Music

A program for high school students interested in growing their individual musicianship with non-traditional music-making opportunities.

Design & Production/Visual Arts

A program for high school students who engage in the visual and fabric arts and want to take their work to the stage.

ICON is for you!

Students love it here. You could too.

“What I love most about ICON is the supportive environment created by the students and staff that allows everyone to grow personally and artistically without any room for judgment. I also love the collaborative nature of our school and that the students are always the top priority.”

“I am so excited for all of the performances! I have really gotten to know my teachers and staff. Thank you for making me have a great day when I see your guys’ smiles in the mornings.”

“Even though I’m young, I still feel this pressure of time. Before, trying to fight against it was so tiring. With a support system like ICON, I feel like I might actually be able to make it (if not then something close). I am excited for the future ICON will give me.”

“ICON has been an amazing experience so far! I truly appreciate how they focus on making sure we are well-rounded in all aspects of performing arts, not just our specific areas of focus. While it pushes me beyond my comfort zone, I’ve found unwavering support from our dedicated teachers. Moreover, this experience has introduced me to an inspiring circle of friends who constantly support me and strengthen my confidence.”

ICON Full Day students are offered an extensive arts education, which includes 25+ hours weekly of private and small group coaching sessions and coursework in the arts with our world-renowned faculty.  Academic courses are completed in the state-accredited online learning program through the celebrated Iowa City Community School District.  While students can choose to major in dance, theatre arts, music, visual arts, or design & production, they also practice their craft in an interdisciplinary, project-based learning setting, collaborating with other artists to build real-world experience.  Upon graduation, ICON students receive a high school diploma from ICCSD and a high school Certificate of Performing and Visual Arts Industry Fundamentals with Arts Area Specialization from ICON.  

Live on campus or commute each day while you continue to explore your passion with ICON’s Gap Year Experience!  The ICON Gap Year Program is designed for students looking to spend more time preparing to make the next step in their post-secondary educational journey.  ICON’s expert arts faculty works closely with Gap Year students to achieve their dreams, whether that means preparing for college auditions or placement in professional companies. Students may elect to pair ICON’s arts education with college courses of their choosing or concentrate solely on building their artistic portfolio.  Upon completion of two semesters of ICON Gap Year programming, students receive a Gap Year Certificate of Performing and Visual Arts Industry Fundamentals with an Arts Area Specialization. 

ICON Half Day students are offered a comprehensive arts education, which includes 16+ hours weekly of arts curriculum provided by our expert faculty of artist-teachers. This program is a great fit for students desiring to remain in their home school setting* but need a more intensive arts education to complement their studies.  ICON Half Day students head to the ICON campus each afternoon to be immersed in arts experiences, along with ICON Full Day and ICON Gap Year students.  Students are placed in classes based on interest, skill level, and experience.  They can hone their craft in the areas of dance, theatre arts, music, visual arts, or design & production.  Opportunities are built into each week for interdisciplinary, project-based encounters with peers that build real-world arts experience.  ICON Half Day students enrolled for more than two years receive a Certificate of Completion in Performing and Visual Arts Industry Fundamentals from ICON.

*Open enrollment into the Iowa City Community School district with a dual-enrollment option (a combination of in-person and asynchronous academic coursework) is available for ICON Half Day students, with ICON on-campus learning coaches providing support for online/asynch courses.

Iowa City, IA

Ideally located within a four- to five-hour drive of Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and St. Louis, Iowa City is one of the midwest’s best hidden gems. The University of Iowa and its diverse cultural influence has helped create what’s been dubbed “The Greatest Small City for the Arts,” earning Iowa City a Unesco City of Literature title that attracts world-class arts, artists, and education. Between the walkable neighborhoods and bustling downtown, Iowa City packs a ton of cultural and recreational opportunities within a safe, caring town that passionately supports its local arts scene. The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is a mere 20-minute drive north, making travel to and from the area a breeze. Don’t just take our word for it — plan a visit and see why locals love it.

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