College For Kids

2021 College For Kids Dates And Details

Registration Now Closed – Tune in next your for future details!

2021 Program Dates
  • June 21 – July 1 (Session A)
  • July 6 – July 16 (Session B)

All sessions to be held at Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, IA and to run 8:30 a.m. – 12:07 p.m. There is an optional daily Early Bird Class 7:45 – 8:20 a.m. Sessions will run nine days each, surrounding the Fourth of July holiday weekend. For further information regarding dates and times see the Registration Guide (Coming Soon)

2021 Program Fees
  • Tuition per session = $275/student
  • Optional Early Bird class per session = $60/student

For further information regarding fees and payment see the Registration Guide.

2021 College for Kids Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions Document. (Updated 3/10/21)
For additional needs, concerns or questions, please email Susie Green or call 319-399-6775.

About College for Kids

Founded in 1987, the College for Kids Summer Enrichment Program is offered to eligible high-ability middle school students who enjoy being academically and/or creatively challenged and who wish to expand on their advanced talents and abilities by taking faster-paced, topic-specific courses on a college campus.

College for Kids:
• Is a Grant Wood AEA program held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
• Offers more than 50 courses taught by talented area educators and professionals.
• Provides opportunities for inquiry-based learning, independent study, group & individual projects, cooperative learning, and various other hands-on activities.
• Is attended by over 900 students each summer, representing schools in the seven-county region.

Student Eligibility Requirements

Eligible students will have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade by summer 2021 and are enrolled in a school or homeschool in the Grant Wood AEA service area. Eligible students are capable learners who demonstrate the following:
• The ability to work cooperatively to solve problems and apply concepts
• The ability to exhibit independence, perseverance and flexibility in their work
• The ability to keep pace with advanced learning opportunities
• A curiosity in a wide range of interests with the ability to create and invent


Have met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have been identified for/participate in a gifted education program at school.
  • Have achieved at least on of the following testing criteria:
    • ISAP: Advanced category in English langage arts (ELA): reading and/or language/writing, mathematics, and/or science
    • Cog/AT: Above average or very high category in verbal, quantitative, non-verbal, or composite
    • NWEA MAP: High category RIT score in reading, language, math, and science

Fine Arts

Have met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrated exemplary fine arts ability or performance at school.
  • Have enthusiastically participated in school or community-based fine arts programming.

Other Eligibility Considerations

Eligible College for Kids students may exhibit several of the following traits:

  • Intellectual curiosity in school-related and/or personal interests
  • Critical thinking skills (toward concepts and self)
  • Goal-directed behavior
  • High expectations for self and others
  • Outward empathy, eagerness, and passion (service focused)
  • Focused and determined behaviors or personality

College for Kids Winter Workshop Series (NEW)

Introducing the College for Kids Winter Workshop Series — a virtual opportunity for new students to sample the College for Kids program, and for veteran students to try a new class or to revisit a cherished topic (or instructor)!

  • Each virtual two-day workshop is three hours long (1.5 hours per day).
  • The workshop series will offer three program dates.
  • Students may register for up to three workshops during the series. Workshop List

2021 Workshop Series Dates and Times:
#1:  January 30/31, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. each day
#2:  February 9/11, Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:30 p.m. each day
#3:  February 13/14, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. each day

Workshop Tuition:  $30/workshop
Technology Use Policy: Grant Wood AEA Regulation 7246-R(1): Internet Safety and Security – Acceptable Use Info for Students – #7246B