Whether you are an 8th grader, already in high school, or still a few years away from high school, it is never too early or too late to start looking into what Iowa Mennonite School has to offer you. On this page you will find information that will give you a good picture of IMS and help in your decision of whether or not to attend.
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IMS is a school with a mission! That mission is to prepare all students for a life of service to others. IMS enrolls grades 9-12 with a teacher-student ratio of approximately 1:13, allowing students at Iowa Mennonite School to experience that “personal” feeling. One-on-one relationships with teachers are not at all uncommon; nor is it unusual to see seniors and freshmen mingling with one another. It is perhaps in that setting that the student learns most, for it is then that personal growth occurs.
At Iowa Mennonite School, academics are at the top of the list of priorities. Quality programming abounds in every area of life at IMS. The small class sizes allow for a very interactive learning environment where teachers use a hands-on approach. Some examples of hands-on learning that students have had the opportunity to take part in are: A student run restaurant, landscaping the school grounds, physics olympics, building out-buildings, and many more.
This learning has translated into class averages over the past nine years that have ranked at the 98th percentile nationally on the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) with the most frequent rankings at the 99th percentile. Approximately 90 percent of IMS graduates receive post-high school education or training. To learn more about the classes that IMS has to offer go to the academics page and watch our video Academics at IMS.
IMS has numerous ways for students to get involved in Music and Drama departments both extracurricular and for credit. Chorale (FR/SO), Concert Choir (JR/SR) and Orchestra along with some advanced music classes give the students a good variety of music classes. With Jazz Band, Pep Band, Praise Band, Chamber Singers, Musical, Drama, Childrens Drama as extracurriculars, there is no shortage of ways for students to get involved.
Music and Drama have always been a very important piece in the IMS experience. Students encourage their peers to be a part of these activities instead of discouraging them, like in some other schools. Over 80% of our student body participates in music or drama. With the completion of a new auditorium in 2007, the Music and Drama departments are now able to perform in a state-of-the-art facility. To learn more about music and drama go to the music/drama page and watch the video Extra Curriculars at IMS.
At IMS, the coaches are concerned with the development of the whole person–emotional, social, spiritual, and physical, with emphasis on helping individuals realize their God-given physical talents and to develop them to their greatest potential.
IMS offers 12 varsity sports: Volleyball, Boys/Girls CC, Boys/Girls Basketball, Boys/Girls Golf, Boys/Girls Track, Boys Soccer, Baseball and Softball. Currently we also have a sharing agreement with Williamsburg High School, Iowa City West High, and Mid-Prairie High School to allow our students to participate in football for Williamsburg, swimming for Iowa City West, and girls soccer for Mid-Prairie. With the availablity of cooperative agreements with area schools we are able to work at getting other similar agreements for wrestling, tennis, and others.
IMS has had very successful athletic programs with 32 state appearances and of those appearances there have been 5 championships, 8 runner-ups and 3 third place finishes. IMS puts a high emphasis on sportsmanship receiving 6 sportsmanship trophies of the 11 possible. To see schedules and learn more about athletics at IMS go to the athletics page & watch our video Extra Curriculars at IMS