1702 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA
563-445-5000

Why Choose Davenport Schools?

As a District of Distinction, the Davenport Community Schools offer the following distinctive programs and opportunities to our students:

The Accelerated Associate Degree Program at North High School, where accepted students can earn an Associate Degree during their 4-year high school career (check out the student testimonial at the bottom of this page!)

The Student-Built Homes Program, where participating high school students experience hands-on learning as they build a home from start to finish

The ProStart program, a high school culinary arts program taught by an Iowa ProStart Teacher of the Year

Army and Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Programs— two of only six in the state of Iowa, and the only programs in the Quad Cities

Over 250 courses are offered in our high school course guide, including specialized offerings such as international foods, civil engineering, sports medicine, interior design, and invertebrate zoology.

The Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities offers a rigorous arts-integrated curriculum and intensive, project-based activities that prepare students for exciting career paths in the arts and develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. (check out the student testimonial at the bottom of this page!)

The urban farm at Mid City High School: Participating students use a variety of skills to operate an urban farm, from planning the layout of each year’s crops, to the “labor of love” of planting and caring for the farm, to turning the harvest into food.

The INSPIRE Academy at West High School features career academies that provide real-world learning experiences to prepare students for success in college and career, including a rigorous capstone experience that challenges teams to solve a real-world problem through technology (check out the student testimonial at the bottom of this page!). Students choose from the following five career pathways:

  • Engineering: This pathway is home to the 2017 World Champion “Combustible Lemons,” FTC Robotics Team #5466.
  • Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering Tech: students learn woodworking, welding, construction, engineering, robotics, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Health Sciences: Students have the opportunity to earn CNA certification (Certified Nursing Assistant), and this pathway soon expands to include Biomedical Technology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Business/Finance: Students have the opportunity to work at the student-run Falcon DuTrac branch
  • Computer Science: Students learn Cyber Security, Java programing, C# and C++ programming, Visual Basic, and Web Design and Development

15 advanced placement (AP) and 58 dual credit college courses are offered at our high schools.

The award-winning Stepping Stones afterschool program serves our elementary schools with high-quality afterschool enrichment programs, as well as top-notch summer programming.

A stellar World Languages curriculum features up to six years of German and up to seven years of French and Spanish, including instruction that introduces Latin and Greek

Award-winning Children’s Villages and progressive early childhood partnerships that provide voluntary preschool programs for all area 4 year olds

PARENT AND ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS:

Mickey Sloat, Alumna of Central High School:

 

Daniel Sheridan, Alumnus of West High School:

 

Brooke Garnica, Alumna of West High School:

 

Jennifer Weyeneth, Parent of Four Davenport Community Schools Students:

 

Matt Moran

Matt Moran, Central High Class of 2014:

I work in the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago. We specialize in complex accounting issues, and help our clients through significant events and transactions such as GAAP change, acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, and debt offerings. I took Financial Accounting with Mrs. Lafrenz my sophomore year and Managerial my junior year. I never would have imagined in high school the impact these courses would have on my college and working careers. The credits I earned transferred... READ MORE

 

 

 

Megan Fee showing a student a welding demo

Megan Fee, West High Class of 2012:

I hired in at John Deere Davenport Works in 2013 as a welder and I am currently in a Non-Traditional Assignment on the wage side as the factory trainer and 5S auditor/trainer. Earning my welding certificate gave me a competitive advantage in my career, and having a great teacher like Mr. Zinn gave me an even better competitive advantage… READ MORE

 

 

 

 

AJ Smith

AJ Smith, Central High Class of 2017:

My high school years refined the discipline and focus necessary for me to succeed in college. Hours spent studying for AP classes and Dual Enrollment courses translated into the practices I have continued into college, providing me with a competitive advantage in applying my coursework. My education strengthened my ability to effectively communicate and build relationships with people from all walks of life, a vital skill for success in college, in the business world, and in life. My favorite business class in high school was… READ MORE

 

 

 

 

John Solbrig sits at his drafting deskJohn Solbrig, West High Class of 2012:

My freshman year at Iowa State University was spent building a portfolio to apply to the industrial design program, and I was one of only 36 students accepted into the program. The Project Lead the Way classes at West built a competitive but friendly learning environment that prepared me for the competitive nature in college and eventually in this career field. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

Megan Osborne

Megan Osborne, Graduate of West High School, Class of 2007:

In West’s Business Academy, we had many classes focused on computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It is extremely beneficial to have a fluent knowledge of these programs in today’s technical work force. Also, we were consistently pushing ourselves to become better. From starting small businesses to community service, I truly do not believe I would be where I am today without… READ MORE

 

 

 

 

Jalen Crawford

Jalen Crawford, Graduate of Mid City High School, Class of 2017:

One class in particular prepared me for the world outside of high school, and that was iJAG, or Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates. iJAG taught real-world knowledge, like how to file taxes or create a resume. I also took robotics, which allowed me to experience what thinking like an engineer is like, and I participated in Davenport Digital Innovators, which allowed me to experience programming and marketing firsthand. READ MORE

 

 

 

Leslie Klipsch and family

Leslie Klipsch, Parent of Three Davenport Community Schools Students:

My children are being prepared for a successful and richly beautiful life of curiosity, openness, and life-long learning in part because of their schooling in the Davenport Community Schools. Their classrooms have been led by caring and competent teachers and a student body that reflects the real world. They have benefited from getting… READ MORE

 

 

 

 

Jason Mott, West High Graduate

 
 

Jason Mott, Graduate of West High School:

I attended Davenport West, and I appreciated how amazing all of my teachers were. I ended up going into education myself, and am currently teaching high school band and orchestra in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I had a great education with the band directors at West during my time. Mr. Tom Wood started me off on my music journey at West, and is… READ MORE

 

 

Matt Schwind, realtor and parentMatt Schwind, Parent of Two Davenport Community Schools Students:

My wife and I could have chosen to live in any school district or send our children to any private school. We made the conscious decision to be involved in the Davenport Schools from K-12 for the benefit of both our son and our daughter. Our daughter excelled in all subjects including a love for math and science; achieving a 3.9 (out of 4) GPA in high school. She was activeREAD MORE

 

 

 

 

Luke Eure, Central High Alumnus

 

Luke Eure, Graduate of Central High School:

I can’t imagine a better resource for high school students than Mrs. Heninger’s TAG program. In classes and extra-curricular clubs, she pushes her students to find inspiration in people, ideas, and themselves. She showed us videos and readings that introduced us to topics like education reform, spoken-word poetry, and the Enigma Code. Her passion… READ MORE

 

 

 

Hunter Bell, North High Graduate

 

“Now that I have my Associate Degree, I plan on attending St. Ambrose University so I can hopefully come back to the district and be a math teacher or an art teacher. Not only do I now have less financial debt that I will take on when I go to college, but I’m also now two years ahead of everyone else.”

– Hunter Bell, Class of 2017

Accelerated Associate student and winner of Best of Show in the Quad City Arts 2016 Festival of Trees Annual High School Art Show

 

 

 

Katie Fellner, West High Graduate

 

 

“I was on the robotics team ‘The Combustible Lemons’ and this year we advanced to the World Championships. When they called our name telling us we had won the World Championship, we were all crying and screaming and in tears! After high school I am going to the University of Iowa to study Biomedical Engineering.”

– Kailey Fellner, Class of 2017

INSPIRE Academy graduate and member of the 2017 World Champions Combustible Lemons robotics team

 

 

Karlie Westmoreland, Central High and Creative Arts Academy Graduate

 

 

“I was a part of the Creative Arts Academy. It really helped me pick what I want to do with my career and what I want to do with my whole life. I’ll be attending Olivet Nazarene University, majoring in Art Therapy.”

– Karlie Westmoreland, Class of 2017

Gold Medalist in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Honoree at Carnegie Hall