Magnet School Lottery

The 2016-2017 Magnet School Lottery is now closed.

Please check back in February of 2017 for information on our 2017-2018 Magnet School Lottery.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Cedar Rapids Community School District Magnet School. If you are a parent of a student who already attends Johnson STEAM Academy or Kenwood Leadership Academy and/or currently live in these elementary school's attendance areas, you DO NOT need to apply. The CRCSD uses a random computer generated Lottery for accepting students into a magnet school who reside outside a magnet school attendance zone. The Lottery is open to any student in grades K-5. Out of district students are welcomed to apply to a magnet school. Placement in the Lottery is based on availability for each grade level. Both Johnson STEAM Academy and Kenwood Leadership Academy have a limited number of lottery seats available. 

Lottery Application Process: 

Magnet school seats will be awarded by a random lottery. Students applying for placement in a magnet program must enter the Lottery by completing an on-line application. Applicants from outside of the Cedar Rapids Community School District 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 District. Lottery applications are accepted starting Monday, February 15th, 2016 and are accepted online until Friday, April 1st, at 4:00 p.m. Applicants are not given preference based on the date of their application. The Lottery assigns an application number randomly to each applicant. You may apply to one or both magnet schools. If applying for both magnet schools, you will be required to pick a priority school. Register for the Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet School and Kenwood Leadership Academy Magnet School Lottery at

Lottery Priority Placements:

On April 14th, each student entered in the lottery will receive a unique applicant number. Placements in a magnet school are made based on this random, computer generated applicant number. However, there are factors besides an applicant number affecting if a student is placed into a magnet school. Placement is not solely based on a student’s application number. 

Open Enrollment Priority Placement

Open Enrollment Priority Placement is given to Cedar Rapids Community School District students who currently Open Enroll out of the district. 25% of lottery seats in both Johnson STEAM Academy and Kenwood Leadership Academy are reserved for these students. If CRCSD students who currently enroll out of the district are not placed in the 1st priority placement round, they are then placed based on their applicant number. 

Applicant Number Placement

Applicant Number Placement - After CRCSD Open Enroll Out students fill 25% of seats (or all CRCSD Open Enroll Out students are placed, whichever comes first) remaining Lottery students are placed based on their applicant number.  While placing students, siblings are giving priority placement. 

Sibling Priority Placement

Sibling Priority Placement is given to siblings of students who have been placed a magnet school. Brothers and sisters of magnet school students who live at the same address and share at least one biological or legal parent have priority placement in the same magnet school building as their sibling pending grade level availability.  There is no guarantee, however, that siblings will be placed together. 

Non- CRCSD Applicants

Non- CRCSD Applicants - If any open seats remain after all CRCSD lottery applicants are placed in the lottery and open Lottery seats remain, Non-CRCSD applicants will be placed based on their applicant number and grade level seat availability. The same sibling priority placement applies. 

Lottery Results:

Parents will be notified of their child(ren)’s acceptance into the magnet school in the form of a Lottery packet and e-mail. Parents will be notified of Lottery results by Monday April 18th.  Acceptance letters and magnet packets are due back to the magnet school you where you are accepting the lottery seat. Magnet school acceptance packets are due by Monday, April 25th by 4:00 p.m. After this date, if there are Lottery seats remaining, students in the applicant pool will be placed in the open Lottery seats. 


Important Cedar Rapids Community School District Lottery Dates:

February 15th, 2016 Lottery Application Period Opening
March 1st, 2016 Open Enrollment Paperwork
April 1st, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Lottery Application Period Closing
April 14th, 2016 CRCSD Magnet School Lottery