Academics

Davenport Community Schools provide a personalized learning environment in which students feel secure and motivated to learn.The district also boasts a diverse and extensive curriculum, with many choices for students at all levels. These quality program offerings are made possible through the leadership of teachers, administrators, and other district employees who are accessible and responsive to parents and have the interest of each individual student in mind.

The curriculum of the Davenport Community Schools meets and, in many cases, exceeds requirements in Iowa, a state that is known for its quality education.

Elementary (K-Grade 5)Subjects: Fine arts, health and safety, language arts, mathematics, physical education, reading, science, and social studies

Special Features:

Preschool opportunities 

  • 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)

Grade 6: Same as elementary above
Grades 7 & 8:
Required Courses: Health, language arts, mathematics, physical education, science, and social studies
Elective Courses: Art, business education, computer education, world languages, family & consumer sciences, technology education, music, and reading

Special Features:

  • Literacy strategies integrated across the curriculum 
  • School-to-Work programming 
  • Individual student lessons in instrumental music 
  • Special education programming 
  • Talented and gifted programming
  • State-of-the-art library media centers

Senior High (Grades 9-12)

Required Course Areas: Eight terms of language arts, four terms of mathematics, eight terms of physical education, four terms of science, and six terms of social studies
Elective Courses: Art, business education, driver education, family & consumer sciences, world language, health, technology education, music, journalism, drama, and public speaking

Special Features:

Options within required course areas 

  • World language offerings in French, Spanish, German, and some Latin & Greek 
  • School-to-Work programming 
  • Advanced placement programs 
  • College credit classes for those eligible 
  • Project Lead the Way (engineering technology curriculum for grades 9-12) 
  • Diverse performing and creative arts opportunities 
  • Special education programming 
  • Talented and gifted programming 
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps. (ROTC) at two high schools 
  • State-of-the-art library media centers

For more information on the Davenport Community Schools curriculum, please contact Juli Staszewski, Director of Curriculum & Staff Development, at 336-5068, 1606 Brady St., Davenport, IA 52803, or staszewskij@mail.davenport.k12.ia.us