Every Learner. Future Ready.
CRCSD is anchored in the vision that every student is thriving academically and prepared to graduate future-ready. Our community leaders share that vision, as they await graduates who are ready to be hired into the local job market.This is achievable with a high school specialized 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 community will thrive.
Potential Options Offered to 9th and 10th Graders
Parent Information Meetings
If you have a current 8th or 9th grader and are interested in learning more, please attend one of the following meetings. Food will be provided. Meetings begin at 5:30 and conclude by 7:00.
- January 11th: @Iowa BIG – The Geonetric Building. 415 12th Ave. SE
- January 12th: @Kennedy High School Library
- January 19th: @McKinley Middle School Cafeteria
- January 24th: @Washington High School Cafeteria
- January 25th: @New City Church, 5335 Midway Drive NW
If you’re unable to join the in-person meetings, you can join it virtually through this Zoom meeting.
Frequently asked questions
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 it 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 parent and student may attend through a simple application process. 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:
• Is frequently bored and/or frustrated with school
• Has lost interest in learning or doing well in school
• Is disengaged, lost, or just doesn’t feel a sense of belonging at school
• Has a clear sense of what they want to do and where they want to go post-high school
• Learns best in hands-on situations and/or likes to create and make new things
• Wants a smaller learning environment
How will this school be different from the traditional high schools?
While responsible for the same standards as every other CRCSD high school, the magnet school will have a different approach to reaching those and other important learnings. A few key differences between a traditional experience and this school includes:
• Interdisciplinary learning – students will be able to secure credits from several subjects in one course
• Students will have strong ownership of their graduation requirements and how (and when) they are going to get there
• Community-based projects. Much of their learning will come in the form of working on authentic projects with local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies
• Defining and clarifying their personal goals and purposes and designing a pathway towards those goals
• More opportunities for 1:1 and small group interactions with teachers and other caring adults
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, in most cases their senior year, being one in which they are focusing heavily on preparing for what’s next. For example:
• If a student knows they want to be an electrician after high school, their math, science, English and social studies would all focus on the content and skills needed by an electrician as well as job shadowing and interning as appropriate
• If a student is preparing to be a doctor, they would be learning the content and skills needed to help them be successful as a pre-med student in college as well as job shadowing and interning as appropriate
What are some of the “employability” skills you will 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):
• Time and calendar management
• Purpose and goal development
• Building and developing a supportive personal and professional network
• Working effectively on teams
• Managing complex projects
• Knowing how to be a “self-grower” – a person who can learn and move forward independently and with and in support of others
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. 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 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 125 student applications are received for either grade, THEN CRCSD will select the student body through a blind lottery.
A message from Trace Pickering
Welcome to Cedar Rapids Community Magnet High School, our community’s newest high school! This new 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 the Community Magnet 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. The CR Community Magnet High School is open to any 9th and 10th grade student living inthe Cedar Rapids School District attendance boundaries by applying to the Districts Magnet School Lottery.
Dr. Trace Pickering