Let's Talk About Magnet Schools


As the District strives to provide greater choice for families, and new and innovative educational experiences for students, the possibility of introducing Magnet Schools has emerged. With Magnet schools, the public school system creates schools extending beyond traditional attendance boundaries.

Magnet schools are focused on innovation and have something different or focused to offer making them an attractive choice to many parents and students looking to feed their child’s interests and abilities. Distinguishing them from other public schools, Magnet schools usually are based around an embedded theme used to help improve student learning results. For example, you might find a Montessori Magnet or a STEM Magnet or a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet.

The intent of Magnet schools is not to discredit or diminish the fine academic experiences found in other schools but instead provides expanded choice for parents, students, and the community. Community members are encouraged to join the conversation at www.engagecrschools.com to share ideas, questions, and visions of what this could look like and what themes best fit our community.

Learn more about magnet schools. - updated 10/28/13

Community Converstaion About Magnet Schools Schedule

Tuesday, October 29th, 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Kirkwood Regional Center-Linn County 1770 Boyson Road, 
Room 100

Monday, November 4th, 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Educational Leadership & Support Center, CR Schools 2500 Edgewood Road NW, Cedar Rapids
Conf. Center: Cedar B & C

Thursday, November 14th, 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

IBEW 405 Hall
1211 Wiley Boulevard SW, 
Cedar Rapids

Wednesday, November 20th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Johnson Elementary School for the Arts 355 18th St. SE, 
Cedar Rapids
School Gallery

Monday, December 2nd, 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Public Library – Downtown Library 450 Fifth Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Beams Auditorium Conference Room

Wednesday, December 11th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Washington High School
2205 Forest Drive SE, 
Cedar Rapids



  • 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. - Welcome, introductions, purpose and format of the conversation.

  • 6:45 – 7:00 p.m. - An overview of Magnet schools and why the Cedar Rapids Community School District is engaging in a conversation about Magnets.

  • 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. - Community Conversation via World Café type format.

  • 7:45 – 8:00 p.m. - Gallery Walk.

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