About Alternative Kindergarten


Two students learn to play and share together.


The Alternative Kindergarten (AK) program has been a staple in the District for more than 25 years.  More than 100 students participate each year.

The Cedar Rapids Schools Alternative Kindergarten program is now a full day program with students attending Monday thru Friday following the same hours as our Elementary Schools. 

 8:50AM – 3:50 PM Monday thru Thursday and 8:50AM – 2:20PM Friday.

The program provides for varying rates of growth and development.  Children participate in learning activities that emphasize social, emotional and intellectual development.  Different levels of ability are expected and accepted.  Students participate in a balanced program of teacher-directed and child-selected activities: active and quiet activities, large group, small group and individual activities.  There is a focus on developing strong social skills and teaching children to develop and maintain meaningful relationships. 

Children must be five by September 15th of that school year.  A screener is required to determine eligibility.     Parents interested in AK are encouraged to contact the district office at 319-558-2247 for more information.

Our AK program is considered a form of retention for those students who qualify and then enroll.   All AK students moving onto kindergarten the following year will need to attend their home school in their attendance area.

AK classes are located in three elementary schools in the Cedar Rapids School District. 


For questions please contact us at 319-558-2247