A majority of North Liberty residents live within the boundaries of the Iowa City Community School District, while the area west of Jones Boulevard (and the Deerfield Subdivision) belongs to the Clear Creek Amana School District.
Private schooling is also available.

Iowa City School District Schools in North Liberty

Penn Elementary

230 N. Dubuque St.
North Liberty, Iowa 52317
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Penn Elementary, part of the Iowa City Community School District, is located on a 10-acre site just six miles north of Iowa City. Students attend Penn from kindergarten through sixth grade. Older students attend North Central Junior High and West High School. North Liberty is one of the fastest growingcommunities in the state, and this growth has impacted the school. Since Penn was built in 1961, additions were constructed in 1967, 1969, 1985, 1990 and 1995.

Today Penn is a well-equipped, renovated building. The multi-purpose room was built in the fall of 1995. A lunchroom during the day, it is also used for assemblies, school programs and occasional community meetings. It is the site of Penn’s Before-and-After School Program.

Penn’s media center houses some 12,000 books: each year, students check out over 36,000 items. The media center also includes a large computer lab and writing center for student use. Students use technology in a variety of ways including the internet, electronic encyclopedias, electronic card catalog and a collection of educational software.

In addition to the regular educational program, students may qualify for Title I Reading, Reading Recovery, Resource or the Extended Learning Program. Instruction is also provided in art, physical education and general music. Students in fourth through sixth grades have the opportunity to participate in band and orchestra.

The Penn Staff believes in the fundamental importance of building a strong partnership between home and school. Every Penn parent and teacher is a member of the Penn PTO, created so parents and teachers can work together to meet common goals for Penn Elementary. The PTO provides funding for a variety of enrichment activities such as visiting authors, artists, early literacy library, field trips and playground equipment.
In addition, the PTO publishes the school newsletter, coordinates the block parent program and hosts a number of events for families such as the ice cream social, spaghetti supper and Fun Night.

Penn Elementary is a CHARACTER COUNTS! School. The six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are incorporated into daily life at Penn.. Penn students are involved in a variety of community service learning projects that stress these six pillars.

A few years ago, Sidda came to work at Penn, Sidda is a certified therapy dog. She works at Penn full-time. Throughout the day, students have the opportunity to read to Sidda, brush her and feed her treats.

Penn’s motto is “Dream…Believe…Achieve” Penn Elementary believes in challenging each student with a rigorous and creative curriculum taught by a diverse, professional, caring staff.

Van Allen Elementary

170 Abigail Ave.,
North Liberty, Iowa 52317
319-688-1186 (fax)
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Van Allen Elementary opened in August 2005. Van Allen’s current enrollment
is 550 students in grades Kindergarten through sixth,in addition to a public, tuitionbased preschool program for children aged three to five.

Families who live south of Zeller Street and west of Dubuque Street in North Liberty and within the rural area between North Liberty and Coralville west along 12th Avenue reside in the Van Allen attendance area. Van Allen’s Before-And-After School program is administered through the City of Coralville. For registration information on this program, contact the BASP Director at 626-8109.

Kindergarten and preschool rooms are located in an early childhood education wing, while students in first through sixth grades are served in multi-age teams.Separate classroom wings open on a common area that houses the school’s offices, cafeteria, media center, music and art rooms and full-size gymnasium.

Iowa’s first school building to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, Van Allen’s highly effi cient, renewable energy design features include: a geothermal heating and cooling system, natural day lighting, water conservation, renewable and recycled building materials and occupancy and photo sensor controls.

North Central Junior High

180 E. Forevergreen Rd
North Liberty, Iowa 52317

319-688-1210 Attendance
319-688-1213 Guidance
Click here to visit the North Central Junior High Web site

Iowa City Community School District’s North Central Junior High first opened its doors for seventh and eighth grade students from Penn, Wickham and Van Allen elementaries for the 2006-2007 school year. North Central Junior High was the Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) third school built using $39 million in bond money approved by voters in February 2003. The $6.7 million, 450-student capacity school currently has approximately 350 students. As the need arises, the school can eventually be expanded to house a total of 600 students. North Central has 20 full-time staff and about 10 part-time staff, offering a student-teacher ratio of approximately 17 students per teacher.

Neighboring Van Allen Elementary was the first High Performance K-12 School in Iowa certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). North Central mirrors the same High Performance Design principles as Van Allen, using a geo-thermal heat pump system that relies on the earth’s constant temperature as a heat source. Geo-thermal provides a long-term, low cost energy efficient heating and cooling system.

Other High Performance qualities of North Central Junior High include use of daylighting, high indoor air quality, environmentally responsible building materials, water conservation and recycling and waste management. Also, the building has an energy efficient building shell and uses energy efficient mechanical, ventilation and electrical systems. The building’s porcelain tile floors are low maintenance, which use less intense detergents.

The front outer brick on the 82,000 square-foot building was designed to resemble the earth’s layers. The main entrance is centrally located for visitors to check in, and a commons area organizes traffic between the two levels. Administrative spaces, cafeteria/kitchen, gymnasium, wrestling room, and art, home economics, vocal and band classrooms are located on the ground level. The upper level houses English, social studies, science and math classrooms.

Unique features of North Central Junior High embrace the preserving of Muddy Creek as an outdoor science laboratory for students to enjoy and learn. The three music rooms have sound absorbing panels along with rubber flooring to reflect sound so it stays within the room. The school has the latest computer technology for students to take courses at other institutions over an interactive Internet system.

Buford Garner Elementary

80 Birch Street
North Liberty, IA 52317

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The newest school for the Iowa City School District in North Liberty! The doors open to students in August 2010.

From the school in July 2010: “On August 19, 2010 the doors will open to receive the first group of students at Buford Garner Elementary School in North Liberty, Iowa. The school was named for an influential school leader, Buford Garner.  He was the principal at City High School from 1950-1952. He then became the Superintendent of the Iowa City Community School District from 1952 – 1969.  He oversaw the construction of 8 new schools including Hoover, Twain, SEJH, Lucas, West, Lemme, Horn and Wood during his tenure.  Other notable events for the district during this time were that North Liberty joined the Iowa City Community School District and the district’s library media program was expanded to include K – 12 grades, when it had originally been a 7th-12th grade program.  Mr. Garner was also an active community volunteer.

The opening day enrollment will be approximately 330 students in K-6th grade, with students coming from Penn and Van Allen Elementary Schools. There will also be a tuition based preschool classroom. Garner will have a Family Resource Center to provide a variety of services to the families and residents of North Liberty.  A before and after school program will be run by North Liberty Recreation Staff for families needing child care. The city of North Liberty generously contributed to the construction of a double-sized gymnasium that will be used by the public during non-school hours.

The majority of the staff is comprised of teachers from within the district. They are committed to establishing a positive, supportive school climate for all of our students. Garner staff will follow the district’s curriculum in all areas. A computer lab and library will enhance our students’ learning.

The newly formed Garner PTO is actively engaged in fundraising for the school’s playground structures. Interest and support of North Liberty’s newest school is high. Parent involvement is an important component of a child’s school success. We look forward to establishing a supportive environment for our families.”

Clear Creek Amana Schools serving North Liberty

North Bend Elementary

2230 St. Andrews Drive
North Liberty, IA 52317
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In February 2006, voters in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District approved a $25.5 million bond issue to fund the construction of a new high school in Tiffin and an elementary school in North Liberty. The purpose of the additions was to accommodate the district’s steady growth of students. The construction of North Bend Elementary School started in May 2007 and the school opened its doors in August of 2008.

The Clear Creek Amana School District includes students from the towns of Oxford, the seven villages of the historic Amana colonies, and the cities of Coralville and North Liberty. North Bend Elementary School is located on the corner of Kansas Avenue and 270th Street in North Liberty. With an estimated student population of 325 students between the grades of kindergarten and 6th grade, North Bend encompasses 52,000 square feet.

The design of the elementary school was completed with help from the Clear Creek Amana Design Committee after several meetings between April and August 2006. The school has 18 classrooms, including specialized classrooms for art and music. There are also two extended learning areas, media center and a gymnasium. The parking lot system has separate bus and pedestrian traffic loops. The building is energy efficient geo-thermal heating and cooling system.

Clear Creek Amana Middle School

311 W. Marengo Rd
PO Box 530
Tiffin, IA 52340
Announcement Line: 319-545-4477
Office: 319-545-4490
Click here to visit the Clear Creek Amana Middle School Web site

Clear Creek Amana High School

551 W. Marengo Road
P.O. Box 199
Tiffin, IA 52340
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Private School

Heritage Christian School

255 Hackberry St.
North Liberty,Iowa 52317

Heritage Christian School, located near Juniper and Front, is an interdenominational Pre-K-8th grade school with an open enrollment policy. The vision of Heritage is to educate children who are able to defend their faith, excel in their future studies, and impact their community in a positive way. In 21 years, Heritage has grown from 37 students in K-6 to 210 in Pre-K-8th grade.

In September 2005, Heritage Christian School added a pre-kindergarten program exclusively for four and five-year-olds. This component of the school has flourished, especially when paired with the Heritage kindergarten program. There are three pre-kindergarten options: a two-day program (Tuesday and Thursday), three-day program (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), and a five-day program, running from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Heritage offers a challenging academic program with students scoring among the top, both in the state of Iowa and in the nation. Nearly every year in the public high schools, Heritage alumni are awarded the academic honors of Valedictorians, Salutatorians and/or National Merit Scholars. Heritage students in area high schools are readily recognized as well-behaved, respectful, hardworking and well prepared for the next segment of their academic journey.The entire program at Heritage Christian School includes art, music, technology and interscholastic sports resulting in a well-balanced education. View additional school information on the web at

For more information, contact Administrator Michael Annis at 319-626-4777 or email