Learn more about Grant Wood AEA, one of nine AEAs in Iowa.

Equity. Efficiency. Excellence.

Grant Wood Area Education Agency staff are committed to unlocking the potential of each and every learner, and is one of nine area education agencies in the state. They were created by the 1974 Iowa Legislature to ensure all children have equal educational opportunities. AEA’s serve as intermediate units providing educational services to local schools.

Our Mission: To ensure success for all learners.


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About Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Grant Wood AEA provides programs and services designed to support quality education for all students by improving teaching and learning. Staff services and materials from the agency are available without charge, except for services such as printing, data-processing, special events with outside speakers, or individualized requests.

These services support more than 72,000 students in public and approved non-public schools in seven counties are served by Grant Wood AEA. This area includes Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties.

The agency staff operate three facilities: two in Cedar Rapids and one in Coralville. However, nearly 60 percent of agency staff is assigned to specific schools as part of a regional team. They work directly with children and educators as an integral part of the local school staff. Others serve schools in a consultant or itinerant basis, offer courses or workshops, or link schools with other persons, agencies or materials that meet their need.

Facts at a glance about Grant Wood AEA

  • 32 public school districts1
  • 16 state accredited non-public schools1
  • 8 independent accredited non-public schools1
  • Approximately 250 school administrators
  • Approximately 5,800 teachers, counselors, teacher librarians, nurses, and paraeducators
  • 74,491 students ²
    • 8,494 children ages 3 - 21 who receive special education services3
  • 9 GWAEA board members
  • 7 counties (Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Washington)
  • 4,900 square miles
  • 471,392 population4
  • FY2017 Audited Financial Report

1Iowa Department of Education, 2017-18 Iowa Educational Directory
²Certified Enrollment October 2017 (Public and Non-Public)
3Grant Wood AEA Certified Count, October 2017
4US Census Bureau, 2017 Population Estimates

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