Residents located within the Quad Cities area are assured quality educational opportunities from pre-school to post-graduate studies. Public and private institutions offer a variety of choices for families and students seeking education, training and career preparation.
At the primary and secondary levels, Davenport Community Schools serve the educational needs of 16,000 students with modern academic programs and strong pre-school to advanced placement classes. The district not only boasts of its low teacher to student ratios in the classroom, but its students completing the ACT Entrance Exam continuously attain average composite scores above national norms.
The Davenport Community School district is no stranger to accolades, and recognized faculty members include an Iowa Teacher of the Year, Iowa Principal of the Year, Iowa Administrator of the Year, Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year and two Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winners. The district’s innovative, state-of-the-art programming has resulted in 15 of its schools receiving Iowa’s First in the Nation in Education (FINE) awards. One of the elementary schools was recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Davenport is home to St. Ambrose University, a private, co-educational, liberal arts university offering a wide spectrum of academic degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A partner in many community initiatives, St. Ambrose is an important resource for local companies seeking to enhance career opportunities for their employees. The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus in Moline hails as the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities. And in nearby Rock Island, students will find Augustana College, a private, liberal arts institution as well as the Quad Cities Graduate Studies Center. The Center, an association of 12 colleges and universities, provides a wealth of options for working professionals seeking advanced degrees. And located a mere one hour from the Quad Cities in Iowa City is the University of Iowa, one of the top research facilities in the country and a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Palmer College of Chiropractic, the oldest and largest chiropractic college in the world, is located in the heart of Davenport. The campus recently christened a brand new Academic Health Center where thousands of students train to become chiropractors. The 50,000-square-foot facility was completed in the spring of 2007, and features a state-of-the-art outpatient clinic as well as leading-edge clinical learning resources for students, faculty, researchers and alumni. At more than 26,000 strong, Palmer alumni make up one-third of the approximately 75,000 chiropractors in practice worldwide. Many Palmer alumni hold leadership positions in chiropractic organizations and have gone on to successful careers in education and research
Other education options in the Quad Cities include extensive courses offered through Scott Community College, Kaplan University, Hamilton Technical College, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing, Black Hawk College and Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences.