Davenport Community Schools offer a myriad of unique opportunities to all of our students. Our approach to education encompasses the whole child, and services are available from preschool through post-secondary learning opportunities.
We believe in education for all and meeting students where they are in order to teach each individual student. Through the use of differentiated instruction, students are assessed in areas of knowledge, readiness, language, preferences in learning, and interests in order to customize teaching. In 8th grade, students adopt a 5-year “career track” that guides them through their high school years and best prepares them for post-secondary education. Students who choose to enroll in a variety of dual credit or advanced placement courses can earn college credit at graduation.
Our extracurricular offerings are as diverse as the community. Davenport Community Schools have a rich history of award-winning fine arts programs as well as a strong athletic legacy with new state-of-the-art practice and competition facilities.
Our nationally-recognized Stepping Stones program is unlike any other in the state. This partnership with the City of Davenport operates on a seamless schedule, which means there is no down time (or change of location) between our programming and the regular school day. Certified teachers perform enrichment activities that span a wide variety of curriculum. Our staff offer homework help, and there is even a before and after school snack offered to make sure our students stay sharp.
The Davenport Schools Foundation (DSF) provides more than $50,000 in annual scholarship support for our graduating seniors. To read testimonials from recent scholarship recipients, click here. DSF’sGreat Minds program provides $40,000 each year so that ALL students may visit an educational or cultural venue such as the Figge Art Museum, the Quad City Symphony, or the Nahant Marsh Education Center.
We could go on and on trumpeting the virtues of Davenport Community Schools, but don’t take our word for it. Instead, hear what others have to say in our Parent, Staff, and Community Testimonials web page.
Unmatched Opportunities – Selected Student Video Features:
|Central High student Pablo Haake describes his experiences at the United States Senate Youth Program, where he met President Barack Obama, and his time at the Bezos Scholars Program retreat in Aspen, Colorado, where he met Hillary Clinton and other international dignitaries.||Science teacher Lynn Meyers and student Kaitlyn Schmidt talk about the “CSI: Forensic Science” class at Mid City High School. The special course bolsters students’ abilities to objectively interpret evidence, and is an excellent introduction into the career field of police work & crime scene investigation.|
|An update to the previous “STEM at Davenport Community Schools” video, tweaked for use in the 2014 Student Showcase and Ambassadors Rally. This update is shorter, and now includes footage from a student-made UAV test flight high above West High School.||North High’s Bennett Robertson and Central High’s Luke Eure talk about their experiences at the Innovation Institute at the University of Iowa, where they were two of only twenty students from around the state to be selected for this prestigious summer technology and entrepreneurship program.|
|Central High’s Lorraine Pereira was accepted into the 2014 Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP) through the University of Iowa. During this highly selective summer program, she worked under the supervision of University professors researching biochemistry, studying a genetic defect in fruit fly larvae.|
Testimonials from Graduates and Scholarship Recipients
David Tra, West High Class of 2015 and Member of Endotherm Team
“We were one of fifteen schools to get a grant from Lemelson-MIT, and I thought that was a really cool opportunity to end my senior year and pursue the invention that we had created.” To learn more about Team Endotherm’s research on vehicular heat stroke and the device and app they’ve invented, visit http://endotherm.org/
Ahilya Khadka, Central High Class of 2015 and Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley Memorial Scholarship Recipient
“I received the Dooley Scholarship, an annual award given to students who want to continue to a career in medicine, and with that scholarship I will be going to Harvard University where I will be majoring in neurobiology and minoring in economics. I would like to become a surgeon.”
Faith Nieketien, North High Class of 2015 and Recipient of Full Tuition Scholarship to University of Iowa
“My favorite class was AP Biology because I really enjoy science. I really enjoyed the different experiments we did, and along with AP Bio I loved Anatomy and Physiology; it was a nice opportunity to actually visit a cadaver lab! I will be attending the University of Iowa where I will major in nursing to specialize in pediatrics.
Olivia Grubbs, West High Class of 2015 and 4-time Qualifier to the National Speech and Debate Tournament
“There is a lot of diversity in the options of classes you can take, and it’s very easy to take a path that will send you to college much more prepared than smaller schools that don’t have all those classes. There are lots of AP classes that you can take, and I think based on the path I have taken, I’ll be well-prepared for life.”
Jennifer Keys, 2011 Hanae Fujiwara Wiese Music Scholarship Recipient
“Winning the Hanae Fujiwara Wiese Scholarship reminds me how strong the perming arts programs of the Davenport Community School District are. At Iowa State, I am playing in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. Hopefully one day I will have the chance to return to the Davenport Community School District to teach and help keep the performing arts program strong.”
Whitney Leming-Salisbury, 2012 Central High School Hall of Honor Scholarship and Jurgens Memorial Scholarship Recipient
“The Central High School Hall of Honor Jurgens Scholarship gave me so much more than a generous funding for my education. Being awarded this honor solidified, in my mind, what I wanted to allow myself to be defined by as a person. It gave me confidence in knowing that I am not so much defined by the activities I participate in or the titles I hold, but what I do with those things.”
Alison Meyer, 2010 Tate Scholarship Recipient
“I am a junior at the University of Northern Iowa and I’ve greatly benefitted from the generous Kathryn Bell Tate Scholarship. I am pursuing a double major in Communicative Disorders and Spanish. This coming spring semester I will be traveling to Oviedo, Spain where I will further my study in Spanish. Thank you to all who have made this possible!”
Nick De La Cruz, 2008 Tate Scholarship Recipient
“I do not take gracious gifts from the community without a strong sense of paying it forward and desire to give back. I hope to use my University of Texas liberal arts degree, and the University of Iowa law degree I am working towards, for the betterment of Eastern Iowa and the Quad Cities.”
Vanessa McNeal, 2010 Central High School Hall of Honor Scholarship – Hester Memorial Award Recipient
“The scholarship meant that I had people investing in my future and my education, and I am so grateful. It meant the world to me to know that I wouldn’t have to worry about being in debt after college. At Iowa State I am studying Child/Adult/Family Services with a minor in Criminal Justice. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and am in Black Student Alliance, Woman of Color, Leadership ISU, and NCORE.”
Caitlin Walton, 2012 Helen Pohling Scholarship and Davenport Schools Foundation Future Educator Scholarship Recipient
“I am very honored to have been awarded the Davenport Future Educator Scholarship and the Helen Pohling Scholarship. These scholarships will help me further my education as I attend Ithaca College in New York to become a future music educator and Broadway performer. It fills me with pride knowing that I have so much support from my home community to pursue my dreams.”