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Novus Choice - Cedar Rapids


Thank you for your interest in Cedar Rapids Community School District Magnet Schools. A magnet school is a theme-based school providing parent choice in the type of learning environment they want for their child(ren). They are built on the foundation of the magnet school pillars: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships. Magnet Schools use state and district standards but vary the delivery of instruction by teaching the standards within a theme. The Cedar Rapids Community School district has six magnet schools of choice.

2022-2023 Magnet School Lottery Information:

  • January 12, 2022 CRCSD Magnet School Lottery application period opens
  • February 25, 2022 CRCSD Magnet School Lottery application period closes at 11:59 pm
  • March 1, 2022 Open Enrollment Deadline (for applicants outside of the CRCSD)

Magnet School Attendance Zone Resident:

If you are a parent/guardian of a student who is already enrolled at Cedar River Academy at Taylor, Johnson STEAM Academy, Kenwood Leadership Academy, McKinley STEAM Academy or Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy and/or currently live in these schools' resident attendance zone, you DO NOT need to apply for the lottery.

Non-Magnet School Attendance Zone Residents:

If you are a parent/guardian of a student who does not live in a magnet school resident attendance zone, enrollment for your student is via the magnet school lottery. The lottery is a computer generated, random process used to select and accept students who live outside of the magnet resident zone. Students who live in the magnet resident zone do not need to enter the lottery to enroll. All CRCSD students are eligible to apply for the magnet school lottery. Students applying for placement in a magnet program must enter the lottery by completing an online application. In addition, applicants from outside of the Cedar Rapids Community School District may apply and must also complete and submit Open Enrollment paperwork by March 1st. (Submitting Open Enrollment paperwork does not bind you to attending a school in the CRCSD.)

Choosing a magnet school is an exciting process. We highly encourage you to research and visit the magnet school(s) you are interested in. After you determine what magnet school(s) meet your child(ren)'s needs, you will need to identify a first choice for a magnet seed. To better serve all students, families have the option to identify a second magnet (and a third magnet in elementary). Only select the magnet school(s) you only want your child(ren) to be considered for.
.All efforts will be made to place students based on their preferences, however it is important to remember that this may not be possible given the level of interest in the magnet schools. It is also important to remember that students who live in a magnet resident attendance zone are guaranteed a seat in that school.

Magnet School and Magnet Coordinator Contact Information:

  • Cedar River Academy (K-5) at Taylor has a theme of sustainability and is located at 720 7th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA; Elizabeth Callahan:
  • Johnson STEAM Academy (K-5) has a theme of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and is located at 355 18th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA; Sarah Jones  
  • Kenwood Leadership Academy (K-5) has a Leadership theme and is located at 3700 E Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA; Sarah Jones:
  • McKinley STEAM Academy (6-8) has a theme of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and is located at 620 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403; Ted Olander:
  • Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy (6-8) has a business theme and provides three main pathways of learning; STEAM, Leadership & Entrepreneurship, and Global Systems and is located at 300 13th Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA; Kate Riley:
  • Cedar Rapids Community Magnet High School (9-10) will focus on getting students out and into the community doing projects, building networks, and learning about career opportunities. Trace Pickering: