District To Open Leadership Academy

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The Cedar Rapids Community School District will open its second magnet school next fall. The Kenwood Leadership Academy Magnet School will open with the start of the 2016-17 school year. Students in grades preschool through fifth grade attend Kenwood Elementary School, 3700 E. Avenue NE.

The magnet school will continue to serve the children of the neighborhood as well as families from across the District wishing to “lottery in” their children. The school will focus on leadership development through the Leader in Me Program (http://www.theleaderinme.org/) and will infuse the principles of leadership throughout the school and curriculum, aligning with Iowa Core standards.

“We are excited to expand our choice options for the families of Cedar Rapids and know the dedicated staff at Kenwood will create a great leadership-focused magnet school,” noted Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent.

“I am eager to start our journey as the Kenwood Leadership Academy and welcoming more students from around the Cedar Rapids Community,” added Kenwood Principal David Brandon. “I look forward to continuing the strong traditions at Kenwood Elementary while focusing on empowering students and preparing them to become future leaders. “

The District opened the Johnson STEAM Academy magnet school in August 2015. These are among the only magnet schools in the State of Iowa.

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