Magnet School Lottery

2021 - 2022 magnet School Lottery application period is open


Thank you for your interest in applying for a Cedar Rapids Community School District Magnet School. All the CRCSD neighborhood and magnet are high quality schools. Here you will find information on how to enroll your child in a magnet school of choice.  

Please contact with lottery questions.

Magnet Schools


2021-2022 Magnet School Lottery Information:

February 2021

CRCSD Magnet School Lottery opens.
Note: if you are already in the Magnet School Attendance Zone you don't need to enter the lottery. See the Magnet School Attendance Zone Residents paragraph below.

March 1, 2021

Open Enrollment paperwork due. Please use this link for the Open Enrollment Application

April 2, 2021

CRCSD Magnet School Lottery Application Period closes at 11:59 pm

April 19-23, 2021

CRCSD Magnet School Lottery Week


Magnet school attendance zone residents

If you are a parent/guardian of a student who is already enrolled at Cedar River Academy at Taylor, Johnson STEAM Academy, Kenwood Leadership Academy, McKinley STEAM Academy or Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy and/or currently live in these schools’ resident attendance zone, you DO NOT need to apply for the lottery.



If you are a parent/guardian of a student who does not live in a magnet school resident attendance zone, enrollment for your student is via the magnet school lottery. The lottery is a computer generated, random process used to select and accept students who live outside of the magnet resident zone. Students who live in the magnet resident zone do not need to enter the lottery to enroll. All CRCSD students are eligible to apply for the magnet school lottery. Students applying for placement in a magnet program must enter the lottery by completing an online 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 1st. (Submitting Open Enrollment paperwork does not bind you to attending a school in the CRCSD.)

Choosing a magnet school is an exciting process. We highly encourage you to research and visit the magnet school(s) you are interested in. After you determine what magnet school(s) meet your child(ren)’s needs, you will need to identify a first choice for a magnet seed. To better serve all students, families have the option to identify a second magnet (and a third magnet in elementary). Only select the magnet school(s) you only want your child(ren) to be considered for.

All efforts will be made to place students based on their preferences, however it is important to remember that this may not be possible given the level of interest in the magnet schools. It is also important to remember that students who live in a magnet resident attendance zone are guaranteed a seat in that school. 


The following placements will be applied when running the lottery pending availability of seats:

Sibling Legacy Placement

Sibling Legacy placement is given to applicants who have a sibling(s) who attends a magnet school (K-5 for elementary, 6-8 for middle) at the time of enrollment in August of 2021.

Applicant Priority Placement

Lottery students are placed based on their applicant placement in the lottery. Each application is given a random placement after the lottery is run.

Sibling Priority Placement

The lottery is a family lottery. 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. However, there is no guarantee that siblings will be placed together. 

LOTTERY results:

Parents will be notified of Lottery results the week of April 26, 2021. Parents will be notified of their child(ren)’s lottery results via email. Parents will have 72 hours to accept their child(ren)’s placement. If a seat is declined, students in the waitlist applicant pool will be placed in the remaining open seats.