Achievement Academy

In 2019, nearly 200 children participated in the Jane Boyd Achievement Academy. The Jane Boyd Achievement Academy is accredited through the Council on Accreditation and is a Licensed Childcare Center through the Department of Human Services.

Watch the short video below to see what the Jane Boyd Achievement Academy does for children.

Statistics and Outcomes


  • 61% of participants live below poverty level and 67% are from single-parent households
  • 61% of participants are African American, 27% are Caucasian and 7% are multi-racial
  • 83% of participants believe they will graduate high school
  • 91% of participants have a positive attitude toward school and 90% have a positive sense of self
  • 98% of participants report having a positive relationship with an adult whom they trust outside their family
  • 94% of participants are proficient in math and science
  • 83% of participants are proficient in reading and literacy


The summer and after-school programs include a variety of activities including:

Reading Programs

Children use a computer-based activity that is proven to improve reading and comprehension skills.

Science Exploration

Through hands-on experiments, children will grow in their understanding of the natural and man-made worlds.

Social and Recreational Activities

Groups games utilizing the outdoor playground can teach children about exercise, sportsmanship and teamwork. Zones of Regulation and PARRT curriculum is used to develop emotional regulation, conflict resolution and social skills.

Enrichment Activities

From academics to recreational activities, the Achievement Academy partners with multiple community organizations to enhance children's experiences in the program. The Achievement Academy also partners with the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Girl Scouts, Indian Creek Nature Center, and many others for routine enrichment opportunities.

Field Trips

Field trips to local museums, the pool and more can provide educational and fun experiences for children.


The cost of the academic program is assessed on a sliding scale fee based on each individual family's income. We work to make the program affordable for all families. Childcare Assistance (CCA) is also accepted.

Child volunteer Jane Boyd Achievement Academy

Ready to take the first step?

Email us at for more information or fill out and submit the application below to or the Jane Boyd Community House,  943 14th Ave. SE.


Jane Boyd Achievement Academy Summer Day Camp

During the summer, the Achievement Academy Summer Day Camp offers Monday through Friday programming for children from kindergarten through 5th grade. All Jane Boyd Achievement Academy programming is open to the public.

Breakfast and lunch are served daily at no additional cost, and programming includes academic enrichment, recreational activities and field trips.

Applications will be available here starting in mid-March, and enrollment is open in stages through the beginning of the program in June. A parent orientation is required, and payment is expected before the program begins.

You Can Help

Our mission is to enhance the academic, emotional and social wellbeing of children and families in our diverse community with programs focused on developing successful and productive adults.

You can make a difference by partnering with Jane Boyd. Contact us to find out how.

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