Profile of Our District
WHO ARE WE?
It’s easy to picture a school classroom as filled with students and led by a dedicated teacher, but we’re much more than that. We are a learning community comprised of involved parents, agency and business partners, volunteers, and caring citizens who, together with our students and staff, make Davenport Community Schools a district of distinction.
DAVENPORT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS AT A GLANCE
Communities Served: We serve the communities of Blue Grass, Buffalo, Davenport, and Walcott. This total land area covers 109 square miles.
- 4 High Schools
- 4 Intermediate Schools
- 2 K-8 Schools
- 17 Elementary Schools
- 4 Early Childhood Learning Centers
- 1 Athletic Stadium
- 1 Operations Center
- 1 Achievement Services Center
Budget: A highly trained staff of financial experts maintains a budget of over $200 million to ensure the effective use of funds. Accolades include the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Association of School Business Officials International.
Economic Impact: Over 2200 employees – second largest employer in Davenport and seventh largest in Quad Cities
Student Enrollment (preschool-12th grade) – 15,831 students (October 1,2014 – Official Enrollment Count Day)
- 56.5% White
- 18.7% Black of African-American
- 14% Hispanic
- 8.6% Multi-racial
- 1.8% Asian
- 0.3% American Indian or Alaskan Native
- 0.1% Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
High Quality Teachers
- A highly structured mentoring program pairs new teachers with an experienced teacher as mentor for two years. At the end of this intensive coaching and portfolio review process, new teachers receive their standard teaching license.
- All teachers receive ongoing coaching and professional development by a staff of Curriculum & Instruction Specialists and other experts from around the nation
- Weekly “collaborative time” allows teachers to engage in professional issues and plan for student needs
Professional Employees’ Credentials
- Bachelors’ Degrees – 100%
- Masters’ Degrees – 54.4%
- Specialist or Doctorate Degrees – 1.7%
Guidelines for Elementary Class Sizes
- Kindergarten through first grade – 20 students
- Second grade – 21 students
- Third grade – 22 students
- Fourth through fifth grade – 26 students
- Elementary – 20.5 to 1
- Secondary – 14.5 to 1
Computers and Technology
- Average of 1 computer to each 1.8 students
- Every high school math, science, and social studies classroom in the district has interactive white board technology. In addition, every 4th-8th grade math classroom in the district, and many other classrooms at all levels, have has these systems.
- Professional Learning Information Services staff ensure effective use of advanced technologies from student information systems to classroom computers and interactive whiteboards
Operations and Facility Maintenance
- Recognized as environmental leader receiving Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award, Iowa Recycling Award, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
- Facilities upgrades of nearly $130 million over the past 12 years, earning the Association of School Business Officials International Facilities Masters Award
Food Service: Highly trained nutrition experts serve every building in the school district. Each day nearly 20,000 meals are served to students in over 30 locations. Summer meal sites across the community serve an additional 35,000 meals annually.
Free and Reduced Priced Meals: 61.8% free and reduced meal status
ACT (American College Testing) Entrance Exam: Average composite scores consistently above national norms among district’s college-bound high school students
Elementary (K-Grade 5)
- Preschool opportunities
- Concept Based Brain Compatible (CBBC)/”Brain Friendly” Classrooms
- Skills for Life initiative
- Emphasis on reading proficiency in primary grades
- Balanced Literacy approach
- Special, visiting artists programs
- Vocal music performance opportunities
- Instrumental music program beginning in 4th grade
- Departmental instruction in 4th and 5th grade in art, mathematics, music, physical education, science, and social studies
- Special education programming
- Talented and gifted programming
- State-of-the-art library media centers – the first library media centers in elementary schools in Iowa and west of the Mississippi River
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
- Individual school-based middle school programming
- Writing across the curriculum
- Multiple-year sequence in French and Spanish
- School-to-Work programming
- Individual student lessons in instrumental music
- Special education programming
- Talented and gifted programming
- State-of-the-art library media centers
High Schools (Grades 9 – 12)
- All high schools have Talented And Gifted teachers who support the unique learning needs of our gifted students. No other district in the area has this strong of a TAG program presence.
- Over forty advanced placement and dual credit college courses are offered at our high schools
- High quality fine arts, extracurricular and athletic programs
- Nationally-recognized “Project Lead the Way“ engineering program
- Award-winning ProStart culinary arts program
- Junior ROTC programs, numerous school and community clubs, and service learning opportunities
- Options within required course areas
- Foreign language offerings in French, Spanish, German, and some Latin & Greek
- School-to-Work programming
- Special education programming
- State-of-the-art library media centers
Employee Top Awards
- Iowa Teacher of the Year
- Iowa Principal of the Year
- Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year
- Sheri Womack, Principal at Keystone Academy, received the Newcomer of the Year award from the Iowa Association for Alternative Education. This award is given to the educator who has made significant achievement to advancing the cause of alternative schools and has been in alternative education for less than three years.
- North High School science teacher Laura McCreery is the recipient of the 2011 and 2012 National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the state of Iowa.
- Jenee Cross, Central High School ProStart Culinary program teacher, was named 2012 ProStart Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Restaurant Association.
- West High School’s Jodi Zimmerman has been selected as Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2013 Conservation Teacher of the Year Award.
Program & School Top Awards
- Iowa FINE – First in the Nation in Education – Awards
- U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award
- Iowa Diversity Award
- American Association of School Administrators Leadership for Learning Award
- American School Board Journal Magna Award
- American Red Cross National School and Community Award for Youth in Health and Safety
- Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and Association of School Business Officials
- National Association of Partners in Education Outstanding Partner Awards
- National School Public Relations Association Communications Awards
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Lights School System Partner of the Year
Student Top Awards (Just A Few Recent Ones!)
- Central High’s Pablo Haake was selected as a Bezos Scholar. Pablo will meet with 11 of the nation’s other top public high school juniors during a week of exploration, dialogue and debate, while working with leaders and innovators from around the world. Pablo was also one of two students in Iowa selected to receive the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program Scholarship. He and 101 other students participated in the program’s 52nd annual Washington Week, where Pablo met President Obama and visited Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Supreme Court.
- North High’s Matthew Luebbe was selected as a finalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. As one of 15,000 student nationwide chosen for this honor (less than 1% of US high school graduating seniors).
- The Sudlow Intermediate Destination Imagination Team represented the state of Iowa at the 2014 Global Finals, where they competed against teams from more than 40 states and 12 countries.
- West High’s Emma Demarr received the prestigious 2014 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship through the Figge Art Museum. This award goes to Iowa/Illinois area students who wish to earn a degree in Fine Art, Graphic Design, or Art Education at a college or university. Emma was accepted into several distinguished art schools, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pratt Institute’s School of Art & Design in New York.
- Adams Elementary School students won the Davenport Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Club Award. All schools, public and private, are invited to participate and this is Adams’ 21st award.
- Kimberly Center student Payton Engels was one of only four students in Iowa who advanced to the IJAG National student Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. During the conference, Payton visited the Capitol Building and met with Iowa congressmen and senators.
- The Central High Scholastic Bowl team took First Place in the state of Iowa in the Spring Questions Unlimited 3-2-1 Contest.
- Northside Establishment, North High’s varsity show choir, won Grand Champion for the seventh consecutive year at Fort Madison High School’s “Stars in the Spotlight” Invitational. The group competed against 17 other show choirs from Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, and was also awarded Best Band, Best Choreography and Best Vocals.
- West High’s “Falcon Fever” engineering team was crowned the 2014 State of Iowa Champions in the Real World Design Challenge. This is West High’s third state RWDC title, and the team will now represent Iowa at Nationals in Washington D.C.
- Our Marines Corps JROTC won 1st place in Armed Duet at the University of Nebraska Drill Meet, and 1st place in Unarmed Exhibition at a Chicago drill competition.
- Central High’s “Central Singers Incorporated” show choir took 8th place at the FAME Show Choir National Finals in Chicago.
- North High’s bowling team won the 2014 Iowa State Class 2A bowling championship for the third time in four years. Bret Keimig, Blake Freeman, Mitchell Kelley, and Zach Williams were named to the Quad City Times All-Metro bowling team.
- Bruce Potts, principal at Sudlow Intermediate, was named 2013-2014 Outstanding Administrator by the Iowa Bandmasters Association.
- West High’s student newspaper “The Beak ‘n’ Eye” received the George H. Gallup Award, the highest honor given by the Quill and Scroll Honor Society for high school journalists. Only 26 school newspapers from 12 states received the prestigious award this year, and the Beak ‘n’ Eye has won this top honor every year since 1973.
- Central High’s James Moraetes was selected for the National High School Honor Choir in New York City. Students from all over the United States were selected for this choir that performed at the world-famous Carnegie Hall.
- Stepping Stones, the district’s afterschool collaboration with the City of Davenport and Iowa State Extension, was recognized with the Midwest region “Innovator of the Year” award through the National and Iowa Afterschool Alliance.
- North High’s Jinaya Houston and Jacionna Stowers finished 1st and 2nd in the MAC Conference in scoring for the 2013-14 girls’ basketball season.
- Greg Smith, a Project Lead the Way Instructor at West High School, was chosen as the 2014 STEM Teacher of the Year by the Quad City Engineering & Science Council.
- Davenport Community Schools was one of six districts in the state of Iowa to receive a Best Community for Music Education Award from the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation this year.
- Central High’s Graham Atkinson competed in the National History Bee Competition in Washington D.C., placing as the top Iowa finisher over the two other Iowa competitors.
- North High’s Tylor Moss won Best of Show at the Festival of Trees High School Art Show, earning him a solo exhibition in the front window of the Quad City Arts Gallery in Rock Island
- In 2014, the Davenport Schools Foundation awarded $51,000 in scholarships to 36 graduating seniors from Central, North, West and Kimberly Center high schools.
- The West High Coed Cheerleading Team capped off an amazing season by being crowned 2013 Large Co-ed State Champions and 2013 Large Co-ed Regional Champions. Leading up to those honors, the team won the top award at “The Grand Finale” at Pleasant Valley High School and was crowned Grand Champion for the second year in a row at the Spartan Challenge competition in Dubuque.
- Our schools held a combined total of 19 mobile blood drives this year, for a total of 1,236 donations. In addition, there are 26 Gallon Grads—senior students who have hit the 1-gallon mark as a blood donor—at our high schools this year.
- ProStart students Anthony Calabrese, Gianni Nunn, and Allison Walters earned first place at the Family, Community, Career Leaders of America Culinary Star Event competition in Des Moines, earning them the right to represent the state of Iowa at the National Competition in San Antonio, Texas.
- North High senior Kenny Thach won the inaugural Michael Pietz Leadership Award at the Iowa State Thespian Festival. This award was created by the Iowa Thespian Student Board to recognize one student for dedication to her/his theater program and work behind the scenes.
- In 2013, West High’s Tracy Vo received the highly prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship award. Each year only 1,000 Gates scholars are selected nationwide, and Tracy wasthe only recipient in the entire state of Iowa.
- “The Avengers” – a Wood Intermediate scholastic team consisting of Jacob Wells, Collin Glazek, Kaitlyn Collins and Marissa Robertson – took first place in the 2013 Rivermont Academic Invitational held in Bettendorf, Iowa.
- The Central High Battle of the Books team were 2013 State Champions.
- Central High is the 2013 winner of the Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl competition for the state of Iowa.
- Madison Elementary’s Calvin Moulton and Eisenhower Elementary’s Zeke Wynsma and Calvin Jantzi made it to the 2013 state finals of Invent Iowa.
Transportation Services: Free district bus transportation provided to students when the district from their homes to schools exceeds the following:
- Elementary School – 1.5 miles
- Intermediate School – 2 miles
- High School – 3 miles
Parents as our Partners
- Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) enlists fathers to volunteer at their child’s school by interacting with students before & after school, during lunch, and in classrooms
- Parent engagement, PTA and PTO opportunities at all of our schools
- Online Parent Portal and other communication tools ensure families have regular contact with classroom teachers
- Title I Parent Involvement activities engage parents as volunteers and education supporters
- Staffed Community Schools Resource Center offers agency information and referrals for parents
- Home School Assistance Program offers academic and enrichment supports for families choosing to home school their child
Collaboration with Community Leaders and Agency Partners
- Leading a network of over 20 preschool partners to provide access to high-quality early learning opportunities for all of Davenport’s 4 year-olds
- Davenport Schools Foundation scholarships and Great Minds enrichment activities for all students
- After-school and summer program expertise in partnership with ISU Extension, Davenport Parks and Recreation, YMCA and others
- Free CitiBus service on all City of Davenport transit routes 7 days a week
- Agency-led community-to-classroom program partnerships with ISU Extension, Jr. Achievement, Figge Art Museum, Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates, and more
- Learning Supports partners from the youth development and faith communities provide academic and social supports for students and families
- Postsecondary collaborations prepare students and families for life after graduation
Safe and Supportive Schools
- Comprehensive Guidance Program with school counselors accredited by the American School Counselors Association and the Military Child Education Coalition
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program integration in all schools
- Specialized Dropout Prevention & Learning Supports staff
- Outreach and collaboration among emergency responders, civic leaders, and neighborhood groups to ensure safety and security in school facilities and on school grounds
History of Davenport Community Schools
The mission of the Davenport Community School District is to enhance each student’s abilities by providing a quality education enriched by our diverse community.
The Independent School District of Davenport was founded in 1858 for the purpose of educating the youth of the Davenport community. Curriculum was developed to program the community’s first high school and a Training School for Teachers, both founded in that year. By the turn of the 20th century, enrollment had risen with 50 students graduating in the year 1901. In 1915, the Training School for Teachers closed and the district focused resources on expansion of the curriculum for younger children. In 1917, three intermediate schools were built, and in 1939, six elementary schools were constructed for a total of eleven elementaries. Since its earliest inception, the growth and the progress of the Davenport Community School District has paralleled that of the community it serves. In 1959, the Independent School District of Davenport merged with Davenport Township and Rockingham Township School Districts. With the addition of Walcott in 1965 and Blue Grass, Buffalo and Linwood Schools in 1966, the district grew to form the current Davenport Community School District. At the turn of the 21st century, the district has 35 separate sites and serves nearly 16,000 youth in the communities of Blue Grass, Buffalo, Davenport and Walcott, making it the third largest school district in Iowa.
Programming in our elementary, intermediate and senior high schools is unique to the youth served. Elementary schools have a strong, hands-on learning program to encourage curiosity and independent discovery. Intermediate schools approach each student understanding the affect of adolescence on student learning styles. Our senior high schools offer an array of learning choices for students who have a variety of lifetime goals.
This award-winning school district has received national accolades for its staff, including an Iowa Teacher of the Year, Iowa Principal of the Year, Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year, Iowa Administrator of the Year and two national Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winners. The district’s programming is also groundbreaking, with fifteen schools and programs having received Iowa’s First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Award and one of the elementary schools recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The district has also been recognized by the American School Board Journal for its exemplary reading instructional programming.