initiative-based high school
We produce students who become makers, designers, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs by creating curriculum with business, nonprofit, and government agencies.
THE IOWA BIG MODEL
Build your student's personal brand for an impressive post-secondary application
Iowa BIG is Iowa CORE and NGSS aligned, and acts as a competency-based education leader in the region. We use an immersive initiative-based pedagogy to deliver core content indexed using standardized SCED codes.
Standards Mastered by our students
Students reporting efficacy in STEM fields
First Choice College Admissions for our students
Active initiatives adding value for business and community groups
Seasoned educators and entrepreneurs
It’s a word that makes students panic. Causes stress and late nights and early morning coffee runs. It also comes with a “1…2…3” in other contexts. Test. The thing everything leads up to at school, the climax of a learning story. The only problem is that after a climax, there’s an ending. The story is[…]
At Iowa BIG, the main mission is to create an environment where anyone can come and let their ideas flourish with other people who are interested in the same things. All types of projects allow eager students to choose what they’re most passionate about and create something incredible using their knowledge and ideas. Although[…]
Are we letting educators teach autonomously? Is it important that we do? As a student at BIG, autonomy in my learning has come to be one of the most valuable parts of my school day; leading projects and making decisions are what my learning hinges on here. I have never stopped to consider that it[…]
Whether it’s Governor Branstad or some future jedi knight in shining armor in the governor’s office, it is imperative that he or she aggressively addresses the need for innovative options that will lay the foundation for the next 100 years of high school education. The following is why: Education and Economic Development should be intimately tied, but[…]
It truly amazes me how many students are using their education to serve our community. While every project at BIG does that to some extent, there are a handful of teams and students that take the term “community service” to a whole new level. At a traditional school, there are tons of opportunities to volunteer[…]
Cedar Rapids is a town of giving and that especially rings true during the holiday season. Most churches and big companies or organizations set up giving trees during the month of December to help other families or non-profit organizations in the area. Giving trees have been a tradition for years in our city. At Iowa[…]
Happy Holidays from Iowa BIG! Post by London VanHorbeck On the first day of BIGmas, my projects gave to me A large sense of community On the second day of BIGmas, my projects gave to me Two flying drones On the third day of BIGmas, my projects gave to me Three scrum board tasks On[…]
What does your work space look like? Here at BIG, we keep it clean, inspiring, and playful. Take a look at where we learn.
You know those times in life when you are so engaged in something that the activity is all you want to do, while time seems to be suspended, and you generate amazing outcomes because your energy and the challenge level are perfectly aligned? That state of being is a psychological phenomenon called Flow. Wikipedia identifies[…]
Post by Iowa BIG junior, Zoey Segriff. Photos by Iowa BIG senior, Aren Buresh. Curling is a unique sport that I had not heard of until I discovered that Iowa BIG had their own team. In case you’re like me and previously had no knowledge of the sport, curling is a sport in which players[…]