Kids on Course is a nonprofit program of the Zach Johnson Foundation, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Kids on Course provides tutoring, enrichment, parent engagement strategies and health supports to put students on course to graduate college. Each child reaches his or her academic and individual potential through creative and inventive opportunities that connect students and families to the community, school, and higher learning. Kids on Course is currently based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at three elementary schools: Grant, Harrison and Van Buren, and two middle schools: Roosevelt and Wilson.
Kids on Course staff are placed full-time in the schools. This allows us to meet students where they are academically, learn each school’s culture, and collaborate with school staff on a daily basis. Because we are on the ground-level, we are able to build long-lasting relationships with students, families, and staff.
Kids on Course provides a cocoon of supports to wrap around students: addressing barriers, engaging families, enrichment, and supporting academics. We work with school staff and community partners to ensure our schools are not just a place of learning, but also a haven for students to thrive academically, socially, and mentally.
Our promise doesn’t stop in elementary school. We are committed to seeing our kids graduate from post-secondary education. Kids on Course is designed to follow students that start with us in elementary and support them along the way, including the opportunity to earn a college scholarship.