Iowa City Community
School District

Students accepted at ICON will have full access to the rigor and richness of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) curriculum, recognized as the best in the state by US News and World Report.

The ICCSD online high school program offers comprehensive instructional programs that meet the diverse educational needs of young adults. Students have the opportunity to build their own educational plans through the use of individual learning plans, which help students and parents select appropriate courses to support the exploration of various career opportunities. Upon acceptance to ICON, students will be guided through the open enrollment process into the ICCSD OLP. In-state open enrollment is at no cost, while out of state enrollment requires additional tuition and fees as outlined here. Open Enrollment tuition is based on the state cost per pupil from the previous fiscal year.

AP Classes

Students do not sacrifice the benefits of a strong, academic curriculum. Ten AP courses are offered through ICCSD online.

  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish
  • AP French

Project-Based Learning

Iowa Conservatory embraces Project-based learning (PBL) at the heart of our curricular design.

This 21st-century approach to learning is student-centered and brings real world applications to arts education. The teacher acts as a facilitator for student learning, scaffolding deep engagement in artistic content as students engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

The Teacher-Artist is Guide

The role of the teacher-artist is to guide students as they develop mastery of their art form, providing scaffolds to students as needed. Our faculty is trained to carefully design courses with intentional team-building and project outcomes in mind, with the most important content-area skills and concepts embedded in student activity. All of our teachers value the person first, and aim to build highly responsive, trusting teacher-student relationships.

The Learning Environment is real-world

Our arts program design is grounded in Project Based Learning (PBL). At the heart of PBL is a deep understanding of content, mastery of skills and personally satisfying, relevant student project outcomes. We strive to facilitate authentic arts experiences, growing students’ skill and expertise through hands-on, innovative projects, centered both within their own discipline and across majors. Arts-rich PBL contexts build 21st century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

Artistic Learner Outcomes

Participation in PBL leads students to engage deeply with the content and with their peers in the arts community. As they delve into the work, steps to reach personal and group goals and bring projects to fruition stimulate a deep and intrinsically satisfying learning experience. Participation in our program inevitably grows the identity of the student-as-artist.

The Student-Artist is Central

We put students in charge of their own learning. Student innovation and divergent thinking is encouraged, drawing on individuals’ interests and goals to shape project outcomes: real-world artistic experiences with other artists. Unlike more traditional educational settings, PBL asks students to bring the full force of their invaluable resources and attributes to the center of the learning experience.

Tuition & Fees 2024-2025

Invest in your high school experience so you don’t have to pay for college!

Tuition COST*

*Tuition payment plan options available upon request.

Additional Fees :

Deposit: $1000

Annual Registration: $350

Student Life Fee: $350

Academic Fee ICCSD OLP

Out of State Residents $7,635*

Iowa Residents $0

Boarding: pricing per bed per month unless otherwise noted

  • 2 bedroom – $800
  • 3 bedroom – $700
  • 3 bedroom (4 people) – $600

Meals: Students bring their own lunch to campus, and boarding students cook at home in the care of residential assistants.  Additionally, there is a student  lounge with refrigerator and microwave available in the school building.

*Out-of-state academic fees outlined here.

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