Every Learner. Future Ready.
CRCSD is anchored in the vision that every student is thriving academically and prepared to graduate future-ready. Our Cedar Rapids’ workforce leaders share that vision, as they await graduates who are ready to be hired into the local job market. This is achievable with a specialized, choice-based Community High School magnet school that simultaneously works to improve learning gaps and decrease racial and economic disparities. CRCSD believes that if we create and support innovative educational experiences that foster creativity, promote personalized learning, and connect students with their future world, both the student and the City will thrive.
Potential Options Offered to 9th and 10th Graders
Parent Information Meetings
The public information meetings are below:
Thursday, September 22: 5:30 – 6:30pm
McKinley Middle School’s Auditorium
620 10th St. SE
Monday, September 26: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 Fifth Avenue SE
At these informational meetings, CRCSD will share what a student can expect and what a week will look like.
What is a magnet school?
A magnet school focuses on a theme and/or different approach to learning. This magnet’s theme will be “community” and its approach is hands-on and highly personalized.
Why have a high school magnet school?
The Cedar Rapids Community School District is committed to providing a myriad of options for its parents, students, and community.
What makes City View Community HS different?
This school will focus heavily on preparing students for their futures by engaging them in authentic work with and in our community. This school will also tailor experiences to the student’s interests so they are prepared to pursue a college degree or want to immediately enter the workforce.
Who can attend?
- Any CRCSD resident student
- Any currently open enrolled out student with a CRCSD address
- Any student wishing to open enroll into the CRCSD to attend City View
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Complete the simple application process to place you/your student into the lottery. There are no other requirements other than a desire to attend the school. In its first year (2022-23), the school will be open to any 9th or 10th grader interested in attending. The second year the school will welcome juniors and in the third year, seniors, at which point the magnet school will be a 9-12 school. While our first year will focus only on grades 9 & 10, the school will develop into a 9-12 school over a period of 3 years. So, students beginning in the magnet school in year one will be able to graduate at this school.
Who should enroll?
Due to the highly personalized nature of this school, it can fit any type of learner. This school may be right for your family if your son/daughter:
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How will this school be different from the traditional high schools?
While responsible for the same standards as every other CRCSD high school, City View HS will have a different approach to reaching those and other important learnings. A few key differences between a traditional experience and City View includes:
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Will students get regular grades and transcripts for college?
The school will provide a comprehensive transcript not only documenting and sharing your academic abilities but also your development as a whole person – what you care about, who you want and are trying to be, etc. Essentially, students will exit this school with a strong and compelling story about themselves and their skills and abilities. Such a transcript is warmly welcomed by America’s premiere colleges and universities.
What might my son/daughter be able to do in their last or senior year here?
For the vast majority of students we envision their last year with us being one in which they are focusing heavily on preparing for what’s next. For example:
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What are some of the “employability” skills will you be helping my son/daughter with?
There will be a heavy focus on developing and maturing these skills, which will include (but not necessarily limited to):
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Will there be sports and other co-curricular activities?
All students will have access to the full range of co-curricular activities offered by CRCSD. In most cases, students will participate on the teams and groups at the high school they would have normally attended. In other words, if I’m a Kennedy football player I will continue to be a Kennedy football player and get to participate with my friends from that school. Parents of busy teens may find the flexibility of City View appealing.
The magnet school will assemble some co-curricular clubs and activities as driven by student need and interest. (example: a group of students want to start a chess or gamers club or hip-hop group)
How do I enroll?
Enrollment logistics are forthcoming. Check back soon!
How will I know if my son/daughter has been accepted?
Currently, 100 seats at both 9th and 10th grade will be available for the 2022-23 school year. IF more than 100 student applications are received for either grade, THEN CRCSD will select the student body through a blind lottery.
Why a new high school option in CR?
In order to serve a broad array of students and families, it is important that families be offered choices. City View Community HS will not be a copy of our already outstanding comprehensive high schools. Rather, it will provide a different approach to learning for parents and students to opt into.
For the past several years Cedar Rapids has converted existing elementary and middle schools into magnet schools. Magnet schools are schools of choice that focus on a particular theme or approach to learning. For our high school Magnet school, we opted to open an entirely new school under the Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy umbrella (CRVA).
Where will City View be located?
While we are still in the process of securing a location, we are committed to this high school residing in the downtown area so that our students have easy access to the businesses and other resources (library, museums, parks, etc.) in and around downtown. We are excited to announce our location in the very near future once we get the last few details worked out.
Why only 9th and 10th grade?
In order to ensure we are successful and can grow at a rate we can handle, we are starting with 9th and 10th graders. In 2024 we will add juniors and in 2025 seniors at which time we will be a 9-12 school.
Is there a cost to attending City View?
No. City View Community HS is like any other school in the Cedar Rapids School District – it is a free public school.
A message from Dan Devore, principal
Welcome to City View Community High School, our community’s newest high school! This new magnet school exists as a compliment to our outstanding comprehensive high schools and as another option for our students and families.
In our quest to attain the District vision of “Every Learner, Future Ready,” our school’s vision is “To Unleash Human Potential.” Our school is heavily immersed in our community and driven by the passions, interests, and goals of our students. Students at City View Community High School learn the same standards and are required to take the same assessments as all our other high schools. Our students also have full access to all the co-curricular opportunities other schools provide. So how are we different? Our students learn through hands-on community projects and tailored learning opportunities and experiences driven by their interests and needs. A single course can help a student meet a multitude of standards across many disciplines, freeing up a student’s time to explore their interests and build their workplace and life skills.
Located in the heart of our city, our students have the full advantages downtown has to offer: an amazing library, a myriad of museums, access to recreational areas and activities, quick access to city transportation, and, of course, access to a multitude of outstanding local businesses. City View Community High School is open to any 9th and 10th grade student living in the Cedar Rapids School District attendance boundaries by applying to the Districts Magnet School Lottery.