Another school year is coming to a close, and while students are eager for summer vacation, we'd like to take a moment to thank the teachers and staff for getting the job done. We know those kids are a handful - they are OUR kids, trust me..we know...

So it is with gratitude that we present this list of schools that have one thing in common: they all receive high scores and praise from parents, students and fellow teachers.

Here are the Ten Top Schools in Cedar Rapids, as scored by Great Schools:


  • 1

    Prairie Point

    "Incredible teachers" and "positive atmosphere" is how one student describes Prairie Point. A student said that!

  • 2

    Truman Elementary

    A caring staff that encourages respect and responsibility. That's high praise!

  • 3

    Taft Middle School

    One parent shares they "love the school" and that "teachers stay involved" with their kids.

  • 4

    Washington High School

    Parents, students and alumni give Washington High School high grades for great teachers and programs.

  • 5

    Coolidge Elementary School

    Incredible reviews by parents who say it's PTA participation is strong.

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  • 6

    Jackson Elementary School

    One parent describes it as "more of a community than a school". What a wonderful compliment!

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  • 7

    Prairie Ridge Elementary

    "Wonderful", "awesome" and "best" are three adjectives used to describe this school.

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  • 8

    Viola Gibson Elementary School

    One reviewer succinctly states "exceptional teachers, great environment"

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  • 9

    Bowman Woods Elementary School

    Teachers described as "outstanding" and parents who are deeply involved are two primary themes of this school's identity.

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  • 10

    Kennedy High School

    An excellent music program and teachers who go the the extra mile are how parents describe Kennedy High School.