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Rivermont Collegiate

Where students develop Intellect, Character, and Creativity.

About Us


Student Demographics

  • 9:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 54% Girls
  • 46% Boys
  • 66% From Iowa
    • 31% from Davenport
    • 27% from Bettendorf
    • 8% from surrounding area
  • 34% from Illinois
      • 15% from Moline
      • 8% from Rock Island
      • 11% from surrounding area
  • 32% students of color
      • 5% African-American
      • 24% Asian & Indian
      • 5% Multi-racial
  • 19% receive need-based tuition assistance
  • 50% receive discount and/or need-based grant

Academic Accomplishments

  • 100% of seniors are accepted to four-year colleges and universities

  • Over 90% of graduating seniors earn four-year renewable college merit scholarships
    ($1.4M in 2009)

  • Average ITBS scores are above 85% percentile

  • 72% of Rivermont students in grades 3-6 qualified to participate in the BESTS program.

  • Highest rank on the Iowa AP Index for the past 4 years. Only high school in the Quad Cities to be ranked in the Top Five!

  • Students in a sequential K-12 environment benefit from the knowledge the school gains about their learning.

  • AP - Advanced Placement - college courses taught in the high school. Students take a national standardized that is scored on a 1-5 scale, 5 being the highest. Some colleges offer credit for scores 3-5 so students can earn college credit while still in high school. Rivermont has the highest availability of AP classes for its students in the state of Iowa.

  • Students participate in summer programs at:

    • Harvard Summer School
    • University of Chicago
    • Iowa Governor’s Institute for the Gifted and Talented – University of Iowa

    First Place Honors by Middle School students at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa for the past 5 years

    Student-Community Involvement

    Student Food Drive

    • 329.5 pounds average donation per student
    • Value of donations in past 4 years = $78,333

    100% of students in the Upper School participated in the United Way Day of Caring

    All students, K-12, plan and execute a community service day every spring.


  • 42% of faculty have advanced degrees
      • ES = 66%
      • LS = 36%     ES/LS = 43%
      • MS = 25%
      • US = 46%     MS/US = 41%
      • 11% faculty & staff of color
  • 229 years teaching experience at Rivermont, 1-34
      • 5+ = 45%
      • 10+ = 23%
      • 20+ = 13%




Rivermont Collegiate is dedicated to academic excellence and maximizing the potential of each student through a nurturing, stimulating, and structured environment that advances the individual's intellect, character and creativity while guiding the student on a path of life-long learning, prepared to engage fully in his or her local, national, and global communities.

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Founded in 1884, the school was originally organized as St. Katharine’s School, an Episcopal boarding and day school for girls. Located at 10th and Tremont Streets in Davenport, the school thrived for over eighty years serving the needs of local girls as well as those from afar.

In 1968, St. Katharine’s dropped its boarding program, became co-educational, and added St. Mark’s to its name. With the addition of boys, the mission of the school changed, as did the flavor of the school atmosphere and culture.

In 1973, SKSM moved to its present location, formerly the home of Joseph Bettendorf. In 1980, the school amicably broke ties with the Episcopal Church. In 2001, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the school to Rivermont Collegiate. As the only PS-12th grade independent school in the Quad Cities area, Rivermont Collegiate has served the community and its families as an alternative to public and parochial school education since 1884.

Rivermont Collegiate's 9-acre campus is located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Joseph Bettendorf mansion and Carriage House built in 1915. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wallace House was purchased in 1980 to house the Upper School. In 2001 the school moved into Becherer Hall, a state-of-the art facility housing the Early School and Lower School classrooms along with Common Areas, Auditorium, and Dining Room for the entire school community. Rivermont Collegiate provides a broad range of intellectual, physical, artistic, and cultural activities that challenge students to develop values, to prepare for leadership, and to aspire to excellence in an American democracy.

St. Katharine's School: A website memorializing St. Katharine's School .

Davenport Public Library: St. Katharine's Blog

Ten Decades of Praise By Sister Mary Hilary, CSM

The Mass Mound of St. Katharine's By Sister Esther, C.S.M.


Rivermont Collegiate is a learning community made up of students, teachers, staff, administration, and parents. The academic and administrative professionals are chosen because of their particular talents and expertise. The school is guided by a common mission and shared core values. The mission and values are mirrored in all decisions. As a PS-12 school, Rivermont has a unique opportunity to offer a sequential curricular and co-curricular program beginning in Preschool and ending in Grade 12. Employment Opportunities