Iowa City Area Programs

Programs affiliated with Iowa City elementary schools

The following programs are affiliated with Iowa City elementary schools; although not all programs are a part of the standard school curriculum, it is generally assumed that students who enroll in these courses will be attending the affiliate school.  Fees and additional information about the programs may be obtained by visiting the program websites or by e-mailing the program's contact person.

Please contact Dr. Pamela Wesely with any changes or additions: or 319-335-5261.

School Name Languages Offered Program Description Program Contact
Borlaug Elementary Spanish
  • Classes meet once a week, and run for 10 weeks.
  • Offered before and after school
  • K-6 grade courses in Spanish.
  • Fall and Spring Sessions. 

Hoover Elementary World Language and Culture Program





  • K-6 grade courses in Spanish, French, and German.
  • Offered after school
  • Classes follow the University of Iowa calendar for holidays, breaks.
  • Hoover Elementary WLCP Blog.

Horace Mann Foreign Language Program


  • 1-6 grade courses in Spanish and Chinese
  • Classes are 50 minutes long and meet once a week for 8 weeks
  •  Classes are divided by language and grade level
  • The program is PTO funded. Students are not asked to pay a fee.
  • World Languages at Mann

Liz Willmore

Lemme Elementary


  • K-6 grade courses in Spanish.
  • Offered before school
  • Winter and a Spring Session.
  • Classes present to parents at an Open House to finish off the 8-week session.

Sharon Milefchik  

Longfellow Elementary
Spanish Program


Pam Wesely


Elementary World Language Program


American Sign Language (ASL)Spanish
  • Offers after school classes in Spanish and ASL to preK-6th grade students

  • Classes are divided by topics covered.

  • Students attend one class per week.

  • Sessions are 8 weeks long. 3 session offered per year. 
  • Classes are offered for a fee but scholarships are available
Valerie Hoffman

Shimek Elementary Language Program


  • Offers an after-school foreign language program.
  • Each language meets for 10 class periods, per week.
  • Spanish is split into two age groups; all other languages are all ages.

Weber Elementary World Language Program



  • K-6 grade courses in Spanish, French
  • Offered after school
  • Each class is 20 sessions

Jennifer Niemiec


Wickham Elementary 
Spanish Program


  • K-6 grade courses in Spanish.
  • Offered after school
  • Classes are divided by age.
  • Class size is limited to 15.
  • Usually 20 classes during the year.


Willowwind School



  • Spanish is a part of the weekly curriculum for students grade preschool-6
  • Their goal is to reach fluency by grade 6.
  • Spanish instruction occurs during regular classroom time and includes thematic instruction with music and drawing.
  • The Willowwind Summer Program offers Spanish language and culture classes for grades K-2.  

Extracurricular and Summer Programs

The following programs are open to everyone, regardless of school affiliation.

Program Name Languages Offered Program Description Program Contact

Confucius Institute Course



  • A collaborative project between The University of Iowa and The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai.  For children age 7-12 with parent(s).

  • Cost is $50 tuition fee for 1 child and at least 1 parent a $20 fee is charged for each additional child (please note that enrollment fees are reduced for families qualifying for reduced or free school lunches).  There is an additional $4 material fee for the textbook.

See website.


Cedar Rapids Czech School

  • Students ages 6 to 14 learn the Czech language, songs and ethnic traditions at the school, which has operated since 1870.
  • Summer day program in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • From June through July, culminating in a performance in July (as of 2012).
  • Click here to access the Facebook page for the school.
See Facebook page.