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Welcome To

Van Allen Elementary

We value the voice of our school community and we want to make sure that your experiences are reflected in our High Reliability Schools implementation.


Learn More About Van Allen 

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Our District

The Iowa City Community School District serves more than 14,000 students and is the 4th largest school district in the state of Iowa. Here you can explore our District's offerings, stay informed with the latest news and calendar updates, meet our District administrative team, and more!

Students & Families

Our students and families are at the heart of what we do. Here you can explore the resources and information needed from enrollment to school meals to transportation and everything in between.

Academics & Programs

Our goal is to provide dynamic learning opportunities and future-focused educational programming. Here you will discover the depth and breadth of our academic offerings and our unique programming opportunities that prepare students to be college, career, and life ready.

Services and Supports

We are committed to providing supports that allow for all students to reach their full potential. Here you will find information on our specialized education services, our mental health supports, our community connections, and more.

Van Allen Elementary

By the numbers


Students enrolled at Van Allen


Largest elementary school in our District


Students per class on average


Faculty and staff at Van Allen


Years Van Allen has been open (2005)

A Message From

Our Principal

Eric Ewald

Welcome to James Van Allen Elementary of the Iowa City Community School District, home of the Rockets! In order to achieve our goals of excellence and equity for all students, we have adopted a new school improvement model called High Reliability Schools. High Reliability Schools is a framework that supports fulfilling our vision of equitable outcomes for all students.

Eric Ewald
Van Allen Elementary Principal