ICON for the Arts

ICON blends an extensive in-person arts education with a rigorous online program in core academic subjects.

Our guidance counselors work with each student to shape a course of study tailored to fit their specific arts learning and academic goals. This can be fine-tuned to each individual, with student skills, strengths, and interests at the center of the plan. We also provide onsite learning coaches to aid students with time management, course content, assignment completion and navigating online learning and instruction. Learning coaches are available during the school day as well as in off hours; students will have access to learning coaches within their on-site living spaces as needed.

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.

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

ICON Arts Education

Schedules

Students will participate in intensive arts education from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday, with more than 20 hours of arts education weekly.

View our disciplines page for specific majors’ sample schedules.

Online Academic Education

ICON students enroll in the ICCSD Online Program (OLP). This provides access to high-quality teachers and coursework in all academic fields. The ICCSD OLP offers flexibility for ICON student-artists to complete courses asynchronously, allowing each student to shape a schedule optimal for their personal learning goals. Students will obtain class materials and engage daily via Canvas, an online learning management system.

Project-Based Learning

ICON Arts Academy 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 2023-2024

Tuition COST

$22,000*

*Tuition payment plan options will be available in January 2023.

Additional Fees Not Included IN COST:

Annual Registration $350

Academic Fee

Out of State Residents $8,750

Iowa Residents $0*

Room and Board Final Room and Board costs and details will be available in January 2023.

*In-state open enrollment is at no cost, while out of state enrollment requires additional tuition & fees outlined here.

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