Iowa Conservatory

Iowa Conservatory (ICON): a Co-Ed Private Boarding and Day Performing Arts school serving grades 9-12 and postgraduate gap year program located in the cosmopolitan heart of downtown Iowa City! Do you desire pre-professional training or more arts in your day? Be Seen. Be Valued. Be Heard. Disciplines Music
Dance  Theatre  Visual Arts  Musical Theatre  Design & Production

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 50 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $41,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
50 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
1 or 2 week intensive programs
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Dr. Jessica Frerich
Admissions Associate
Vicky Shellady


Total Sports Offered
1 sport

School Notes

  • Iowa Conservatory (ICON)is located in a historic, tight-knit neighborhood community with renovated spaces in an expansive and newly constructed18k square feet, housed inside the charming Brewery Square building.Our space includes professionally designed dance, music, theatre, and visual arts studios, along with practice rooms, a costume lab, student commons, and academic classrooms.Just down the streetis our very ownJames Theater,a performance space that readily transforms from black box to recital stage to theatre lab. ICON's partnerships throughout Iowa City and the surrounding area allow students to work in various performance settings, learning from professionals in all aspects of performing and visual arts. Student artists can work on stage or behind the scenes at multiple venues in the vibrant Iowa City arts scene. This includes the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, The Englert Theatre, and the professional acting company Riverside Theatre. We cultivate the skills our students need to compete in the top 10% of artists entering college and/or other post-secondary artistic pursuits, opening doors to scholarship and professional opportunities. Network-building workshops, masterclasses, and seminars with special guest teachers and mentors from the industry broaden students' professional reach. Our arts program is offered for the academic school year on a trimester schedule and includes an academic course of study through the Iowa City Community School District's Online Program. 9th-12th grades (+Gap Year) students attend classes M-F from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.ICON offers
  • SUMMER INTENSIVES with boarding availability!
  • ICON LIVING: At Iowa Conservatory, we cultivate A Culture of Caring, designed to educate and care for the whole student. ICON's apartment-style co-op living within three blocks of the school. Each apartment houses 3-4 students, with a residential assistant overseeing no more than 10 students in each living space.
  • STUDENT LIFE:Boarding students are supported by full-time residential assistants and rich student life programming. Our Student Life Director 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. Our 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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Iowa Conservatory cost?
Iowa Conservatory's tuition is approximately $41,000 for private students and $1,050 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Iowa Conservatory?
The acceptance rate of Iowa Conservatory is 90%, which is lower than the national average of 94%.
Does Iowa Conservatory offer a summer program?
Yes, Iowa Conservatory offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Iowa Conservatory offer?
Iowa Conservatory offers 1 interscholastic sports: Ballet.
When is the application deadline for Iowa Conservatory?
The application deadline for Iowa Conservatory is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 50 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $41,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Johnson County, IA is $12,102 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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