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Marion is home to two of the premier public school districts in the State of Iowa. With an average graduation rate of 95%, our schools equip students with an education allowing them to further their education or enter the workplace with skills to meet the 21st century economy. 

Linn-Mar Community School District

At Linn-Mar Community Schools, our community works to inspire learning, unlock potential and empower achievement. Our staff understands that students are unique individuals who learn at different rates in a variety of ways. Linn-Mar’s quality instructional programming requires a rigorous curriculum, effective teaching and ongoing assessment. Our schools and facilities provide safe and engaging environments where our students are nurtured to become responsible citizens in the larger world.

Along with our staff, we consider our students, parents and community members as partners with responsibility in the educational process. Meeting the learning needs of every student is an essential factor in their achievement, and we all have a responsibility in the educational process. Together we make a difference in the lives of our children and our community. Working together, we can help Linn-Mar students succeed both now and into the future. 

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Marion Independent School District

Situated in the Cedar Rapids/Marion metropolitan area the Marion Independent School District provides a strong community school for our students while maintaining challenging curricular and co-curricular programming. Our district serves over 2000 students and combines the many advantages of a smaller school without sacrificing the quality opportunities afforded by our suburban setting. The Marion Independent School District is proud to serve our students and community!

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Community Promise

Community Promise capitalizes on career exposure and experience that leads to authentic career pursuit. We're talking about jobs right in our own backyard. Our business partners are ready to build relationships that transform false perceptions of real careers in our community. CLICK HERE to learn more about Community Promise.


Higher Education

Higher education availability is what sets Marion and ICR apart when looking across the country. Access to a premier community college, elite private colleges and university's, and a world renowned public research university are all benefits of locating in Marion.    

Kirkwood Community College features more than 120 academic programs and has an enrollment of 23,000+. Serving a seven county region, Kirkwood is a major economic driver in ICR Iowa.



Kirkwood's Workplace Learning Connection is a K-12 program that connects students in east central Iowa with business professionals that are interested in preparing our region's future workforce. Students become more prepared for the local job market, and businesses have the opportunity to mold potential employees, creating a hands-on way for students to explore careers while in high school.

Learn more about the program here.


Coe College is a selective, private, nationally recognized four-year coeducational liberal arts institution providing superior educational experiences for students since 1851. Coe's residential campus is located in Cedar Rapids - Iowa's second largest city - and only hours from several major cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and St. Louis. The 1,400 students enrolled at Coe make up a diverse population, representing more than 33 states and over 15 foreign countries.

The more than 1,800 men and women who make up the Mount Mercy student body come from all over Iowa and the world. They choose Mount Mercy for it's small, hands-on classes, meaningful faculty interaction, vibrant student life and their commitment to leadership and compassionate service. Mount Mercy alumni are the backbone of their eastern Iowa communities — nurses, teachers, business professionals, and civic leaders — and living proof of the merits of a Mercy education.

With just over 30,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909.

Iowa is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It's home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers, the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop, and hundreds of options for affordable, accessible education.

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