Special Needs & Exceptional Education
Michelle Martin, Special Education Department Chair
Davenport Community School district offers a wide range of programming opportunities for students across a wide range of special needs (or disabilities) ages 3 to graduation. Our commitment is to develop an individualized program based on the need of the student. The program will be provided in the least restrictive environment, based on the plan developed.
To learn more about Special Needs & Exceptional Education programs at Davenport Community Schools, please visit the following district-level page:
Jay Swords, TAG Facilitator
The Talented & Gifted Program serves students who demonstrate outstanding abilities or potential in the areas of general intellectual ability or specific ability aptitude.
- Students who demonstrate outstanding potential when compared with others of their age require differentiated instruction.
- Differentiated programming will enable these students to maximize their life-long learning potential and contribute to the betterment of their community.
- Community-wide advocacy of differentiated programming for these students is essential.
These are the beliefs that have guided the design of the Davenport Community Schools Talented & Gifted (TAG) Program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
To learn more about the TAG program at Davenport Community Schools, please visit the following district-level page:
English as a Second Language
Ms. Amanda Swartzhoff, ESL Department Chair
Over 490 students, also known as English Language Learners or ELLs, receive ESL services in the Davenport Community School District. During the 2015-2016 school year, there will be ESL intensive programs at eight schools.
The schools above provide intensive ESL programs to their English Language Learners, delivered by specially trained ESL teachers and paraeducators. Instruction varies individually according to language proficiency and academic needs. Below is a comparison of the intensive ESL programs with other schools in the district.
Intensive ESL Programs
Other Regional Schools
Process to Identify English Language Learners
- All families with students enrolled in the Davenport School District complete a home language survey.
- When a language other than English is listed as the home language, and/or the child was born outside of the U.S., an ESL teacher will administer an assessment to determine if ESL services are needed.
- After the assessment, the ESL teacher will determine the student’s level of English proficiency and discuss the academic options with the family.
- Students who qualify for an intensive ESL program may attend the nearest site (listed previously).
- A family may decline services by signing a form indicating that they are not accepting the recommendation.
Cultural Liaisons serve as a bridge between the schools and ELLs’ families. They spend time at each intensive site every week; part of this includes providing translation when necessary to support students’ needs. Their office is at the Administrative Service Center. To contact a Cultural Liaison click here.
Transportation to ESL sites
All students who ride the bus must follow district guidelines for appropriate behavior. Full status ESL students are assigned to an intensive ESL school site. If this is not the student’s home school, the district provides bussing at no charge.