Embedding STEAM themes across content areas creates an engaging and innovative learning experience at Johnson STEAM Academy. Our students will get a head start on topics that will positively impact their future and ignite their passion for learning. Students will use creativity when they generate new ideas or thoughts, critical thinking as they develop solutions to problems, complex communication when they work collaboratively on projects, and productivity and accountability when they complete projects. The value of 21st century skills is deeply embedded in the JSA STEAM curriculum. The JSA STEAM curriculum is vertically aligned K-5 by themes (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and social studies) which allows for cross graded collaboration and content integration. Three overarching science themes; life science, earth science and physical science, along with the Iowa Common Core Standards, drive the curriculum. JSA students will be assessed through authentic performance based assessments, ongoing formative assessment, as well as the District and State assessments that all elementary schools in the Cedar Rapids Community School District participate in.
A strong sense of community at Johnson STEAM Academy helps our students, families, and teachers succeed. It is through a variety of community partnerships, family supports, a growth mindset, and innovative learning experiences that our students thrive and become the best that they can be. We live by the B4 Guidelines: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be Ready. All members of the learning community have high expectations for success and acknowledge positive behaviors. The belief that learning often happens through failure, perseverance, and the willingness to try again supports the mindset that effort is the path to mastery. It is typical to see Johnson students interacting with community partners who support their learning, growth, and development.
Johnson STEAM Academy offers many co-curricular activities to help increase student involvement within the school including an extensive before & after school STEAM enrichment program. This program utilizes Johnson facilities and staff in partnership with Iowa artists, parents, and community groups to provide free classes in visual arts, music, performing arts, dance, movement & sports, folk/domestic arts, and technology. Examples of classes include Primary Potters, Girls on the Run, Gospel Choir, JSA News Team, LEGO League, and instrumental music lessons.
Our PTA hosts many activities including Harvest Hoopla, Blues and Barbecue, dances, and movie nights. Music lessons are also offered and sponsored by the PTA. Parent volunteers provide support for teachers and staff. School and Community Partnerships bring financial support and the opportunity for students to give back to the community through artwork and choir performances.
The before-and after-school enrichments, Jane Boyd Achievement Academy operate from the school, with Boys and Girls Club across the street at First Congregational Church. The Rites of Passage and the Academy Programs use the building to promote the rich heritage of the African American culture. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides for the emotional and social needs of area children.
Johnson Elementary School opened in 1911 and was named after the 17th president Andrew Johnson. In 1971, the old building was torn down and a new facility opened. It is the proud recipient of the Iowa First in the Nation in Education Award.