The Clear Creek Amana School District covers over 250 square miles of beautiful eastern Iowa countryside, ranging from hills and woods to open farming. The Iowa River Valley and Coralville Reservoir provide residents with recreational opportunities as well as outstanding scenery.
The school district encompasses the towns of Tiffin (population 1,947), Oxford (population 807), and the seven villages of the historic Amana Colonies (population 1,600). The eastern edge of the district is inside the city limits of Coralville and North Liberty. The total population of the district is about 12,000.
The district is located 7 miles west of Iowa City and 20 miles south of Cedar Rapids. Both Interstates 80 and 380 pass through the district providing easy access to Des Moines (100 miles), Chicago (220 miles) and points beyond. The location provides a rural setting, yet within minutes offers the cultural opportunities of a Big Ten university (the University of Iowa), the urban opportunities of a major city (Cedar Rapids), and the charm and uniqueness of the Amana Colonies, a national historic site and Iowa's number one tourist destination. The University of Iowa offers a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics provide some of the highest quality healthcare found anywhere in the United States.
The district serves 1,920 students preK-12 and is growing. District enrollment increased by over 500 students during 2000-2010. The district operates 5 attendance centers with a high school in Tiffin (545 students 9-12), a middle school in Tiffin (388 students 6-8) and elementary centers in Middle Amana (150 students PK-5), North Liberty (400 students PK-5) and Oxford (437 students PK-5). The community support of education is evidenced by the opening of the North Bend Elementary building in 2008 and a high school building in 2009. A state of the art athletic complex opened in the fall of 2009 and the performing arts center opened in the fall of 2010. Each attendance center has a full time building principal. The district has a full time technology coordinator and full time nurse. Of the 140 certified teachers, over thirty percent have been with the district for 15 years or more. The staff is caring and committed to providing the best education possible for all students.
The Clear Creek Amana Community School District is a progressive school district with a focus on advanced learning and continuous improvement. The District’s dedication to young people is reflected in:
- A vision that embraces the complexity of human learning and the excitement that comes from intensely personal learning experiences.
- A commitment to provide the diverse programming options of a large school system while remaining devoted to retaining its personal, small school atmosphere.
- Learning experiences designed to assist each student to meet identified standards that lead to success in future educational, personal, and career endeavors.
- Each student having a personalized learning plan addressing personal goals and experiences in three domains: Learning to Learn, Learning to Do, and Learning to Be.
- All teachers maintaining electronic instructional unit plans and curriculum maps to aid in reflective practice and improvement.
- Professional learning teams that function throughout the school year to design common instructional units which incorporate evidence-based practices.
- Teacher leaders actively engaged in guiding year-long professional development activities which occur weekly throughout the school year.
District Financial Data
- The 2009-10 Taxable Valuation of the District is $470,893,550 with an additional $292,080,245 in TIF. Approximately 48% of the District's operating budget comes from the state.
- The School Tax Rate is $15..87/$1000 TV including:
- $ .96/$1000 TV Management Fund Levy
- $ 2.90/$1,000 TV Debt Service Levy
- $ .33/$1000 TV PPEL
- $ .38 /$1000 TV Voted PPEL
- $ .20/$1,000 TV Amana Public Library
- $ .36/$1,000 TV Instructional Support Levy
- $10.74 /$1000 TV General Fund Levy
- The 2008-09 General Fund revenue totals $13,536,485 with a Solvency Ratio of 12%.
Middle School Overview
The middle school, located in Tiffin, provides a full curriculum to students. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are enrolled in a core curriculum that includes: math, social studies, science, language arts, and literature. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade core teachers each have separate grade level teams. The teams meet daily to plan curriculum and instruction, identify student needs, and meet with students and parents.
Students also participate in PE, health, art, Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering course), industrial technology, and life skills during their middle school years. Students have the opportunity to participate in band and/or choir. In addition, students can also choose to participate in Life Skills training as 7th and 8th graders. This training is a cooperative effort between the Clear Creek Amana CSD and MECCA. More information about this program can be found at www.lifeskillstraining.com.
Students at Clear Creek Amana Middle School also have the opportunity to volunteer in our communities. For several years 8th grades students have volunteered at the Wesley House Soup Kitchen in Iowa City. As part of this volunteer effort the students plan, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for between 100 and 130 patrons.
All students in our middle school also participate in several school to work readiness programs. One of the programs that our students participate in is Junior Achievement. The Junior Achievement classes are taught by community business volunteers. Through these classes the students learn about the world of work and entrepreneurship. More information about Junior Achievement can be found at http://www.ja.org/.
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students also attend yearly work site visits. This program is conducted by the Workplace Learning Connection. All 6th graders take a yearly job site tour in which they visit a job site that focuses on health, family, and/or human resources careers. All 7th graders take a yearly job site tour and visit a job site that focuses on science, technology, and/or math careers. Lastly all 8th grade students participate in a financial literacy curriculum that culminates by participation in a Financial Literacy Fair. More information about the Workplace Learning Connection can be found at http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?d=860.
All middle school students are placed into small groups with a teacher advisor. The student remains with the same advisor throughout middle school. The advisor teacher is also responsible for coordinating each students Personal Learning Plan. The Personal Learning Plan helps the school work cooperatively with the student and family in our joint effort to help the student; Learn to Learn, Learn to Do, and Learn to Be. The advisor teacher meets weekly with the student to review the studentís academic performance, help the student problem solve and adult or student issues, and to develop a positive relationship with the student. It is our hope that the studentís advisor is the first point of contact for a family when there is a question or concern regarding school.
For 7th and 8th grade students, we offer a full range of extra-curricular activities in athletics, music, and drama. Clear Creek Amana Middle School 7th and 8th graders can participate in football, cross country, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, swimming, track, and softball. All students in the middle school can audition for show choir, jazz band, and the middle school drama productions.
The middle school building has an innovative auditorium/practice gym. The building is designed acoustically as an auditorium complete with cat-walk for setting lights, a sound booth and a light booth. It has a regulation gym floor with a stage on one side and folding auditorium seats on the other side, which roll out onto the floor, converting it from a gym to an auditorium. The building also is home to a state of the art school/community library that is known as the Springmier Library. The library has an ICN room and public access to the internet.
If you have questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact one of the school offices and we will be glad to help you.
Clear Creek Amana Central Office
327 S. Augusta
Oxford, Iowa 52322
Dr. Denise Schares, Superintendent
Clear Creek Amana High School
551 W. Marengo Road
P.O. Box 199
Tiffin, Iowa 52340
Mark Moody, Principal
Clear Creek Amana Middle School
311 W. Marengo Road
PO Box 530
Tiffin, IA 52340
Brad Fox, Principal
Clear Creek Elementary School
230 W. Wilson St.
Oxford, Iowa 52322
Dan Dvorak, Principal
Amana Elementary School
3023 220th Trail
Middle Amana, Iowa 52307
Ben Macumber, Principal
North Bend Elementary School
2230 St Andrews Drive
PO Box 350
North Liberty, IA 52317
Brenda Parker, Principal
Parents/guardians in the Clear Creek Amana School District have the right to learn about the following regarding their child’s teacher’s qualifications: state licensure status, special endorsements for grade level subject taught and baccalaureate/graduate certification degree. Parents/guardians may request this information from the office of the superintendent by calling 828-4510 and asking for Carol, or sending a letter of request to PO Box 487, Oxford, IA 52322.