Our School

At Grant Wood, we celebrate our diversity and recognize the strengths in the many differences we bring to our community. We understand that what we do or fail to do can significantly impact the lives of the families we serve. Our mission is to provide a safe and loving environment to empower students to reach their fullest potential. 

Grant Wood’s Parent Teacher Organization sponsors after school enrichments that available to all students twice a year. Teachers, parents and community volunteers instruct interactive classes that allow Grant Wood students the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities. Over the years, some popular classes have been: beading, swimming, bowling, cake decorating, pet care, sign language and many more. Students are exposed to unique learning opportunities they can tie to their learning in the classroom and perhaps carry over into their adult lives. Grant Wood has a very active PTA and a strong pool of community volunteers. We also partner with the Foster Grandparents Program, AmeriCorps, Hy-Vee, and Little Caesars’. 

Grant Wood also has several co-curricular opportunities for all students. Currently, they offer Lego League, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy classes as well as Boys Scout and Girls Scout opportunities. We hope to reinstitute The All-City Drum Corp in the spring of 2014. 

Grand Wood Elementary opened in the spring of 1951 and is named after Grant Wood, the Iowa artist known for his regionalism style of art and his most popular painting American Gothic. The Cedar Rapids Gazette sponsored a contest to name the school. This school is the first in Cedar Rapids to be named after an artist.