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.

Facilities

  • 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) – 15,990 students (October 1,2013 – Official Enrollment Count Day)

Student Diversity

  • 57.3% White
  • 18.6% Black of African-American
  • 13.6% Hispanic
  • 8.2% Multi-racial
  • 1.9% 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

Student/Teacher Ratio

  • 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

Curriculum Highlights

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 Kimberly Center High School, 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!)

  • West High Senior Tracy Vo received the highly prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship award.  Each year only 1,000 Gates scholars are selected nationwide, and Tracy is the only recipient in the entire state of Iowa.
  • Central High School student Joshua Bryne has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.   About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
  • Austin Wulf, Senior at North High, won the 2013 Katherine Bell-Tate Scholarship.  Austin was awarded the scholarship based on his academic achievement, participation in extra-curricular activities, moral character, and other conditions considered by the Davenport Community Schools Selection Committee.
  • “The Avengers” – a Wood Intermediate scholastic team consisting of Jacob Wells, Collin Glazek, Kaitlyn Collins and Marissa Robertson – took first place in the Rivermont Academic Invitational held in Bettendorf, Iowa.
  • After winning the MAC Conference, the North High Boys Bowling Team went on to become 2013 State Champions.
  • West High’s Public Forum Debate Team of Noah Kirschbaum and Greg Windeknecht won first place in the Dowling Catholic Paradigm, one of the biggest public forum tournaments in the country.
  • Alisha Jones, North High senior, was honored at the Quad City Times 32nd Annual Salute to Sports for her strong two-sport performance in track and volleyball. Jones was undefeated in the 400-meter dash this season, defending her state 400m title at the Iowa State Track Meet. Her time of 55.90 outpaced the field by .65 seconds, and was only .24 seconds off the school record. This marks the first time since 2002 that a runner has been a repeat champion in this event.
  • Sudlow Intermediate’s 7th and 8th Grade Bands placed at the top of all 16 bands at the Adventureland/Drake Relays Festival of Bands in Des Moines.
  • Zach Minch, a Central High senior and running back on the football team, received the Des Moines Register’s Shining Star Award, and was was honored at the Quad City Times 32nd Annual Salute to Sports. Zach rushed for a MAC Conference single-game record of 371 yards and four touchdowns (one for 80 yards).  On October 12th, Zach brought his season-total rushing numbers up to 1803 yards, which broke the old MAC Conference record of 1788 yards.
  • North High student Jacob Warner is this year’s winner of the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition.
  • The Central High Yearbook Staff Won The Neubert Award from the Iowa High School Press Association.
  • Northside Establishment, North High’s Varsity show choir, won Grand Champion for the sixth consecutive year at Fort Madison High School’s “Stars in the Spotlight” invitational.
  • Davenport Community Schools student artists captured nearly half of the 28 awards given at the Quad City Arts 36th Annual High School Art Invitational.
  • The Central High Battle of the Books team are this year’s State Champions.
  • Central High is the winner of the Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl competition for the state of Iowa.
  • The Combustible Lemons, one of four robotics teams at West High, Captained the State Champion Winning Alliance and for the second straight year advanced to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championships in Saint Louis.  This year’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season began with 2,500 teams from 69 countries.  At this culminating event, the Combustible Lemons advanced to the semi-finals of the Edison Division, placing in the top 24 FTC teams in the World.
  • Madison Elementary’s Calvin Moulton and Eisenhower Elementary’s Zeke Wynsma and Calvin Jantzi made it to the state finals of Invent Iowa.
  • The Central High ProStart Management team competed against many Iowa high schools to place first in the Iowa ProState Management Competition.
  • West High’s “Falcon Fever” Engineering Team was Crowned 2013 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) State Champions.  RWDC is an annual competition that provides high school students grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. West’s team designed a unmanned aerial vehicle to save a child who is injured and missing.  Due to their prowess, “Falcon Fever” was invited to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Championships.

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.