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Embracing and Inspiring Excellence

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Welcome To

Shimek Elementary

Shimek Elementary is a special place where all children are cared for, feel safe, and where their own unique styles of learning are EMBRACED.


Learn more about Shimek

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Our District

The Iowa City Community School District serves more than 14,000 students and is the 4th largest school district in the state of Iowa. Here you can explore our District's offerings, stay informed with the latest news and calendar updates, meet our District administrative team, and more!

Students & Families

Our students and families are at the heart of what we do. Here you can explore the resources and information needed from enrollment to school meals to transportation and everything in between.

Academics & Programs

Our goal is to provide dynamic learning opportunities and future-focused educational programming. Here you will discover the depth and breadth of our academic offerings and our unique programming opportunities that prepare students to be college, career, and life ready.

Services and Supports

We are committed to providing supports that allow for all students to reach their full potential. Here you will find information on our specialized education services, our mental health supports, our community connections, and more.

Shimek Elementary

By the numbers


Students enrolled at Shimek


Largest elementary school in our District


Students per class on average


Faculty and staff at Shimek


Years Shimek has been open (1970)

A Message From

Our Principal

Chris Pisarik

Our teachers and staff work hard to INSPIRE our students with engaging instruction, high expectations, and a desire to meet each child where they are in order to help them grow. Our ultimate goal is to promote EXCELLENCE in every child who walks through our doors, helping them to realize and reach their fullest potential — preparing them for the future. Embracing and Inspiring Excellence is what we do and who we are.
Chris Pisarik
Shimek Elementary Principal