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Forest City Economic Development
145 S. Clark Street
PO Box 306
Forest City, IA 50436
Office: (641) 585-5560

Forest City Community School

Forest City Community School is committed to providing a strong, flexible K-12 education for the 21st century. In 2023, the student population numbered 1,069 students with 96 teachers. The school boasts a 94% graduation rate with 84% of students seeking further education. FCCS has strong connections to the community to meet the needs of its students. Junior and Senior students are afforded the opportunity to earn college credit due to our partnership with Waldorf University and NIACC, with many earning up to a year's worth of credit. The student body is also dedicated to extracurricular activities with 92% of the middle school students and 82% of the high school population participating in a sport, fine arts, or organization. Those students also benefit from FCCS’ shared services agreements with Waldorf and The City of Forest City for quality athletic and art facilities. 
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Darwin Lehmann
Superintendent, Forest City Schools

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We're glad you're here! The Forest City Community School District is deeply committed to its mission— To provide each student the opportunity for a 21st century education.

A strong 21st century educational system requires flexibility as we prepare all students for an ever-changing world.

Our district has six strategic goals focused on curriculum, engaged learners, quality staff, parent and community involvement, infrastructure support and fiscal responsibility. These goals guide our talented team of educators and instill our student-centered culture.

We pride ourselves in providing an exceptional educational experience and prioritize the “4C’s” —Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication—which are vital skills needed in today’s workforce.

Forest City is a wonderful community where parents, businesses, community members and the school district work together. For a community our size, we are fortunate to have amazing facilities and many initiatives that enhance student learning. We strive to challenge kids of all abilities to achieve excellence in a wide range of academics, arts, athletics and activities.

Waldorf University

Forest City Community School is committed to providing a strong, flexible K-12 education for the 21st century. In 2023, the student population numbered 1,069 students with 96 teachers. The school boasts a 94% graduation rate with 84% of students seeking further education. FCCS has strong connections to the community to meet the needs of its students. Junior and Senior students are afforded the opportunity to earn college credit due to our partnership with Waldorf University and NIACC, with many earning up to a year's worth of credit. The student body is also dedicated to extracurricular activities with 92% of the middle school students and 82% of the high school population participating in a sport, fine arts, or organization. Those students also benefit from FCCS’ shared services agreements with Waldorf and The City of Forest City for quality athletic and art facilities. 
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Robert A. Alsop, Ph.D.
President, Waldorf University

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In 1998, I arrived in Forest City to teach English at a small two-year Lutheran College. A lot has changed since then. Waldorf University is now a four-year liberal arts institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. We have a vibrant fine arts program, competitive sports teams and thriving online academics.

But no matter how things change, some things will always stay the same. For more than 100 years, Waldorf has committed itself to outstanding academics, affordable tuition and an unwavering commitment to its students, on campus or online. We accomplish this by employing faculty and staff who are dedicated, going the extra mile to get our students excited about learning.

I’m often asked what gives Waldorf its “wow” factor. What is it that differentiates us from other colleges and universities? The answer is simple: it’s you. When you become a Waldorf student, you join a century-old legacy of community service, lifelong learning and devotion of faith. Here, lives are changed, memories are made and lifelong friendships are created.

I’m so happy to be here, and if you’re looking for an engaging, enlightening and life-changing experience, I think you’ll be happy here, too. Now is the perfect time to join the Waldorf family and together, we can build a brighter future. Welcome to Waldorf. We are Warriors!

NIACC John V. Hanson Career Center

The NIACC John V. Hanson Career Center provides college-level education opportunities to high school students around the area. Students can choose between four academies that can lead to good playing jobs in high demand fields. Academies include Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Trades, Information Technology, and Health Careers. These courses and the materials come at no cost to students or parents.
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