• FAQ's
  • FAQ's

What are your school hours?

Classes begin at 9:00am until 5:00pm on Mondays through Thursdays and 9:00am – 4:30pm on Fridays.

Our half day students join us in the afternoons beginning at 1:00pm!

What does Iowa City have to offer?

Find your place in Iowa City.

Home of the Hawkeyes, Iowa’s first capital, and the University of Iowa.  Iowa City tradition blends small-town charm with big city opportunities, keeping students, arts and culture at the forefront of the community.  ICON’s campus is peppered with coffee shops, restaurants, shops, theaters, and more.

  1. Iowa City is known as the greatest small city for the arts!  
  2. Iowa City was named one of the best American cities for creatives!
  3. Iowa City was ranked on of the best places to live in the United States!
Iowa Q & A with staff and students
What was your view of Iowa before moving here?  Field of Dreams, Cornfields and tornados.
What surprised you most after moving to Iowa City? The amount of arts culture is incredible and exceeded my expectations; the theatre scene is abounding and full of talent equal to that in other major cities! It seems like every weekend there is a festival of sorts and a theatrical production happening all the time.
Why should others move to Iowa City? There is always something to do and getting to do these things is always convenient. Iowa City is an arts forward city with lots of opportunities for artists to perform and take in. The city is beautiful!


Check out our Iowa City Staging Parters (scroll to the bottom)!

Why should I consider sending my child to boarding school?

This is a common question for all parents as you consider the best fit for your family, and we want to be sure that you feel confident in trusting us with your child!  

There are several reasons boarding schools are a staple in private school instruction: higher focus on the arts, small class sizes, individualized attention, college prep, academics, and much, much more. 

At ICON, we believe in caring for the whole child. Our Student Life Team and Dean of Students oversee every aspect of student life, including opportunities to interact with the local arts community, social events for the student body, skill-building for successful independent living, and social-emotional learning. The Student Life Team includes live-in residential assistants, school counselors, and learning coaches, all trained to respond to the unique needs of adolescent learners in a boarding school setting. 

“After a busy day of singing, dancing, acting, painting, designing, rehearsing and studying is over, I get to go home to cook healthy meals with my roommates and RA.  We usually just relax on the couch in our awesome apartment unless it’s grocery day or laundry day then my RA’s or Student Life Director take me where I need to go and help me.  We have a nurse practitioner on campus but The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have really accessible care in their clinics that are close by.  Plus, there’s lots of coffee places and restaurants close by!  We are a family!”  – Senior 2025


What does it cost to attend ICON?

We are one of the most affordable performing arts high schools in the nation!  Please see our tuition below


  • Full Day Program: $35,000/year
  • Gap Year Program: $17,600/semester
  • Half Day Program: $5,800/trimester

Our gap year and full day program is for our boarding students but also available to commuters while our half day program is only available to those within driving distance.

ICON seeks to be accessible and attainable financially, so we are working to keep our tuition model as low as possible while ensuring we have top faculty, facilities, and wrap-around support services.  We are open to working with families on developing payment plans and merit-based scholarships.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with admissions@iowaconservatory.org with any questions!


Educational Consultants and Agents welcome!



Where are you located?

ICON is located in one of Iowa City’s most artistic tight-knit neighborhoods! 

ICON encompasses nearly 18,000 square feet housed inside the charming Brewery Square building at 123 N. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52245

Does ICON offer online classes?

In order to offer the best, most comprehensive arts education we can, all of our classes are in-person with our incredible staff of world-class teaching artists. 

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