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"Iowa’s first school was actually held in a log cabin! It was built before Iowa was open for pioneer settlement.

In 1830 a man named Berryman Jennings taught in a log cabin in Lee County in southeast Iowa.

At first the schools were just one room with one teacher. They were usually called grammar schools.

Students from many grades shared the same classroom.  The grammar schools taught mostly the three R’s, reading, writing and arithmetic.

Iowa’s earliest schools were funded privately. Parents paid teachers to educate their children.


Nielsen, L. (2006). The Development of High Schools in Iowa. Iowa Pathways.Retrieved November 17, 2011, from http://www.iptv.org/iowapathways

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