Ithaca City School District



Join us at the E3 Conference at Ithaca High School on July 30, for an engaging conversation about creativity and innovation in education. 


Friday, July 18, 2014
ICSD meal prices to increase to accommodate new USDA Guidelines

Due to new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, the price of breakfasts provided to students in the Ithaca City School District will increase for the 2014-2015 academic year. While students were previously offered fruit or vegetable options with breakfast, the changing guidelines now require the district’s Child Nutrition Program to mandate that students be given a fruit or vegetable with the morning meal. Additionally, the program is now required to provide all whole grain products.

“The guidelines are a good thing for our students’ nutrition, but the changes do incur a rising cost to the program,” said ICSD Child Nutrition Program Director Denise Agati.

Elementary and high school breakfasts in the district will increase by 15 cents, and the price of middle school breakfasts will increase by 10 cents. Despite these changes, lunch prices in the district will remain at the same rate for the third year in a row and the price of reduced meals will remain at 25 cents. The new meal prices are below.

  • Elementary school: $1.50 breakfast, $2.50 lunch
  • Middle school: $1.50 breakfast, $2.75 lunch
  • High school: $1.75 breakfast, $3.00 lunch

“Providing healthy, affordable meals to students is our priority, and we are committed to producing quality meals from fresh ingredients,” said Agati. The Ithaca City School District Child Nutrition Program incorporates farm to school practices by purchasing fresh produce from local farmers. Additionally, the program uses these fresh ingredients to prepare plant-based recipes from scratch. 


Monday, July 14, 2014
Apply for Pre-K by August 1

The Pre-K application deadline is August 1, 2014. Visit our Early Childhood Programs page to download an application and review frequently asked questions about the program. 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014
ICSD shares results of School Climate Survey

The Ithaca City School District is sharing the results of its recent School Climate Survey that asked staff, students and parents for their views on critical topics such as academic preparation, student support, school leadership, and safety and behavior, among others. The survey results will allow district leadership to assess campus-level programs and services and make necessary year-to-year improvements.

Open from March 7–April 3, 2014, the survey had 1,363 participants. Considering this was the first district-wide climate study, parent participation was strong, while staff and student participation was lower than preferred.

“We are pleased that so many parents participated in our first education climate survey,” said ICSD Superintendent of Schools Luvelle Brown. “But we will work harder to increase staff and student involvement, as their engagement is a vital part of a thriving learning environment.”

The survey found many areas of success including faculty relations and support, academic preparation and student support. Specifically, results show:

  • Over 90% of staff enjoy working in their schools.
  • 86% of students agree that their teachers tell them what they need to know to do well in school.
  • 86% of parents feel there is a teacher, counselor or other staff member who can help their child with a school problem.

Other successes include school operations and the safety and timeliness of the district’s transportation system. Survey results show the district has room to improve its efforts to reduce bullying and to increase the effectiveness of guidance counselors at the secondary level.

More complete results of the survey may be found on the Your Voice page of the ICSD website. District leadership will continue to design opportunities to listen and respond to community feedback. These efforts include launching a Goals and Priorities Survey this fall.

“To be a healthy district, we must have honest conversations that foster transparency, trust and collaborative decision-making and empower us to solve our most pressing challenges,” Brown said. “Together, we will engage, educate and empower all of our students to become thoughtful and successful adults.”

To view complete results, please visit


Monday, June 23, 2014
Graduation Information

Commencement for the Class of 2014 is Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Athletics and Events Center, Ithaca College. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Parking is located in lots surrounding the A & E Center.

Please click here for more details about the ceremony, and congratulations!