The District offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 and Monday, July 6, 2015
Click below to download the district's school calendar.
|High School||7:50 - 2:50|
|Junior High||8:00 - 3:00|
|Elementary||8:45 - 3:45|
|High School||9:20 - 2:50|
|Junior High||9:30 - 3:00|
|Elementary||8:45 - 3:45|
|High School||7:50 - 2:50|
|Junior High||8:00 - 3:00|
|Elementary||8:45 - 1:50|
All elementary buildings will dismiss at 1:50 p.m. the first five days of school.
Volunteering with Cedar Falls Schools
Volunteers provide critical support to the educational process in the Cedar Falls School District. If you are interested in serving on a district-wide committee, please click below. If you are interested in volunteering in one of our nine attendance centers please contact that school directly to find out about specific volunteer opportunities.
The Cedar Falls CSD will utilize a 90-minute late start delay when we have inclement weather. At each level, this means that school start time, access into buildings, and bus schedules will all be 90 minutes later than a normal school day, (Tuesday - Friday). Secondary parents please note: The bus schedule is different for a 90-minute inclement weather delay than for a Monday late start (PLC) bus schedule. For inclement weather, please add 90 minutes to your normal (Tuesday-Friday) bus pick up time.
New Student Registration Information
Students new to the District or moving into the Cedar Falls School District should contact the district administrative center as soon as possible so that records may be obtained from the previous school of attendance. You will need to make an appointment at the Administration Center to register your child(ren), who are new to the District, for school. You will be required to provide two proofs of residency at the time of registration. Please call (319) 553-2644 for additional information. To make this process faster, you may download the following forms and have them filled out ahead of time. Thank you!
Open Enrollment vs. Rules Exception for Attendance Outside the Resident Area
If you live outside of the Cedar Falls Community School District boundaries and you wish to have your child(ren) attend Cedar Falls Schools, or you live within the school boundaries and wish to have your children attend a different district, that is an Open Enrollment situation. For those who live within the Cedar Falls Community School District but wish to have your child(ren) attend a school that is outside of your resident area (example: you live in the Holmes Jr. High resident area but wish to attend Peet Jr. High), that is a Rules Exception. All Rules Exception requests must be made in writing to either the Elementary (Mrs. Pam Zeigler) or Secondary (Mr. Dan Conrad) Director of Education (depending on your child(ren)'s grade level).
The CF Tiger Web Store is Open!
Parents, you can pay school fees or add money to your child's meal account online through our web store!
Payments can be made using a VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit or debit card and will be processed on a secure site, powered by RevTrak.
The District has been notified that an individual and group in the community are saying we have lied about open enrollment.
We have continued to answer this question truthfully. The below answer has been in the Frequently Asked Questions on the bond website, as well as, in the bond newsletter and answered on the District YouTube channel.
According to the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Code, parents, if timelines are met, can open enroll into a District in which they believe will provide better educational services to their child. The philosophy in the Cedar Falls CSD is that we will provide excellence for all students who attend our District, including those that choose to open enroll into our District. We currently have 355 students who choose to open enroll into Cedar Falls and approximately 100 that open enroll out. The District has a net gain of 255 open-enrolled students, throughout K-12.
By state law, if Cedar Falls chose to close open enrollment, we would still need to allow the students currently open enrolled to finish school in the district, and grandfather in any siblings who are not yet in school. The full impact of no students open enrolling into the district would not be for 12+ years. By that point, the projected enrollment would be above the point of just eliminating open enrollment.
Open enrolled students are placed in buildings that have capacity at the grade level they are in. Open enrolled families do not get to choose which building they will attend school in and may have to switch buildings from year to year, depending on capacity.
Eliminating open enrollment would also not eliminate the need for a new elementary or the need to add on to and renovate North Cedar and Orchard Hill Elementary School buildings. We are also over capacity at numerous elementary buildings.
for accurate information on the June 30 bond referendum.
Cedar Falls Schools Offer Open House/Tours of Buildings Prior to Upcoming Bond Referendum
Tours will be offered at four elementary buildings in the Cedar Falls Community School District. The public is invited to tour North Cedar Elementary, Orchard Hill Elementary, Hansen Elementary and Southdale Elementary. With passage of the bond, North Cedar Elementary and Orchard Hill Elementary would receive renovations and additions to the buildings. Hansen Elementary has had an addition which opened last fall. Southdale Elementary has had additions and renovations.
“We hope the community will take the opportunity to see the facilities firsthand with the bond vote coming up June 30. By touring these buildings, the public can see what the current buildings look like, that are part of the bond vote, and see buildings that have been updated,” said Dr. Andy Pattee, Superintendent of Cedar Falls Schools.
Community members will be able to tour the buildings on their own during the times below. District representatives will be available to answer questions.
North Cedar Elementary, 2419 Fern Avenue
Tuesday, June 16
Orchard Hill Elementary, 3909 Rownd Street
Tuesday, June 16
Southdale Elementary, 627 Orchard Drive
Thursday, June 18
Hansen Elementary, 616 Holmes Drive
Tuesday, June 23
Cedar Falls Community Schools Announce Date for May Community Meetings
Cedar Falls Community School District will hold a community meeting Wednesday, May 27, 6 p.m., at Southdale Elementary, 627 Orchard Drive. This meeting is a continuation of the meetings the district has held since January regarding facility needs. At this meeting, more detailed information will be shared on the upcoming bond referendum.
The June 30 bond vote would be used to finance the following projects:
The bond vote will be for $35,000,000; total cost of the projects will be $37.68 million. The additional dollars will come from 1-cent sales tax.
Below is the tax rate information for residential assessed value.
Assessed Value Projected Property Tax Rate Tax Increase
of Property Rollback
$100,000 x 0.544002 x 0.00138 = $75.07
$150,000 x 0.544002 x 0.00138 = $112.61
$200,000 x 0.544002 x 0.00138 = $150.14
$250,000 x 0.544002 x 0.00138 = $187.68
$300,000 x 0.544002 x 0.00138 = $225.22
Ten-year projections show elementary enrollment at 3,413 students, while schools only have space for 3,000. The new elementary would be designed for 525 students and an expanded Orchard Hill would add space for another 125, bringing total district capacity up to 3,650.
The renovations and upgrades are focused on creating equitable facilities in each elementary school, including collaborative spaces and separate cafeteria and gym areas, as well as, eliminating the portable classrooms at Orchard Hill.
For information on the upcoming bond referendum, please visit bond.cfschools.org.
The boundary line committee has been meeting since early March. They held their final meeting May 5 to develop their recommendation to the school board. The school board will receive the committee's recommendation at a board meeting at the end of May. The date for the board meeting is still being decided and will be communicated once it is set.
If the elementary bond issue is approved this June, the boundary line changes would take effect when the new elementary building opens, which would tentatively be August of 2017.
The 24-member committee includes parents from each of the district's nine schools and board members. Members discussed comments gathered from the community meeting and survey, and voted on each of the issues. Their recommendation is based on what the majority favored. The committee is also recommending a feeder system that would maintain University Avenue as the dividing line in determining which students attend each of the district's two junior high schools, except for in one area.
If a bond issue is not successful, the District will have to look at where portable classrooms could fit at three additional elementary buildings.
See the proposed maps, here.
Cedar Falls Schools’ Graduation Rate Increases
Cedar Falls Schools are proud to announce the 2014 graduation rate increased to over 97%. The graduation rate puts Cedar Falls second of the 25 largest school districts in the state.
“We are extremely pleased with the increase in our graduation rate. This speaks to the hard work of our teachers and administrators, each and every day. Although, this is just one way to measure our success as a District, we continue to look at student-by-student, skill-by-skill to ensure all students have success in Cedar Falls Schools. Excellence in all we do is the mantra we focus on,” said Dr. Andy Pattee, Superintendent.
Cedar Falls Schools’ District Graduation Rate:
2014 class 4-year cohort graduation rate: 97.18%
Statewide Graduation Rate:
2014 class 4-year cohort graduation rate: 90.5%
The Iowa Department of Education publicly released graduation rates for all of the state’s school districts in April.
Cedar Falls Community School District Recognized As A Model
Professional Learning Community At Work™
One of Only Three School Districts in Iowa and One of 22 Districts in the US to Receive The Honor
Cedar Falls Community School District was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The district’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.>
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
Responding to news of the recognition, Superintendent Dr. Andy Pattee said, “We are honored by this recognition and feel our commitment to the PLC process enables our staff to enhance and deepen student learning in the classroom. We have tremendous staff that through this process are able to meet weekly, review student data, explore strategies that impact student learning and focus on the individual and specific student needs to reach our mantra of ‘Student by Student, Skill by Skill’.”
The District focuses on the 4 Critical Questions of a PLC each week during the late starts and early release times, the questions are:
1. What do we want students to learn?
2. How do we know they have learned it?
3. How do we respond when they have not learned it?
4. How will we respond if they already know it?
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, architects of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools.
Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls Community School District: Recognized for its work with African American students. A full 78 percent of the school’s African American students are proficient in math and reading, compared to a statewide average of only 52 percent.
Individuals or organizations wishing to distribute fliers within Cedar Falls Schools may call Janelle Darst, Coordinator of Communications & Community Relations, at 319.553.2426 or email janelle.darst @cfschools.org.
Click here to view current fliers as well as the District policy on flier distribution.