Magnet School Lottery

The Elementary Magnet School Lottery  is currently closed for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Middle School Magnet School Lottery  is now open for students going into 7th and 8th grade until June 2, 2017 (11:59 pm).

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, Kenwood Leadership Academy or Roosevelt Middle School and/or currently live in these schools’ attendance zone, you DO NOT need to apply for the lottery.

Lottery Application Process: 

Students applying for placement in a magnet program must enter the lottery by completing an on-line application. In addition, applicants from outside of the Cedar Rapids Community School District may apply and must also complete and submit Open Enrollment paperwork by March 1, 2017. Submitting Open Enrollment paperwork does not bind you to attending a school in the District.

Important 2nd Round Middle School Lottery Dates (7th & 8th grade only):

May 3, 2017 Lottery Application Period Opens

(for 7th and 8th grade students in the
2017 - 2018 school year ONLY)
June 2, 2017
Lottery Application Period Closes (11:59 pm)
June 12, 2017
CRCSD 2nd Rounds - Magnet Middle School Lottery



Elementary Lottery Application Process:


The elementary magnet school lottery application period for Johnson STEAM Academy and Kenwood Leadership Academy closed on Sunday, March 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

CRCSD Lottery Placements:

Placements in a magnet school are made based on a random, computer generated, blind lottery system.

Open Enrollment out of CRCSD/Reside in the CRCSD and enroll in a school outside of the CRCSD Priority Placement:

Priority placement is given to students (in grades K-8) who live in the Cedar Rapids Community School District attendance zone and currently attend a school out of the District. The first 25% of lottery placements will be reserved for these applicants in both the elementary and middle school magnet school lottery.  If a CRCSD student who currently enrolls out of the district does not receive a priority placement, they will then receive placement based on applicant number.

Applicant Number Placement

After the first 25% of lottery placements are made through the Open Enroll out of CRCSD/Reside in the CRCSD and enroll in a school outside of the CRCSD priority placement (or all students who qualify are placed, whichever comes first) remaining lottery students are placed based on their applicant number. The lottery is a family lottery.

Sibling Priority Placement

Sibling Priority Placement is given to siblings of students who have received placement at 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 sibling 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

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 Lottery results after March 22, 2017 (Elementary Lottery) or after June 12, 2017 (Middle School Lottery - 2nd Round). Parents will be notified of their child(ren)’s acceptance into the magnet school in the form of a phone call and email. Parents will have 24 hours to accept their child(ren)'s placement in writing or verbally. Upon verbal or written acceptance, a Lottery packet will sent in the mail or and e-mailed based on parent preference.  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 March 31, 2017 (Elementary Lottery) and June 19, 2017 (Middle School Lottery - 2nd Round) by 4:00 p.m at the magnet school. After this date, if there are Lottery seats remaining, students in the applicant pool will be placed in the open Lottery seats.