The Rivermont Collegiate Board of Trustees has selected Rod Ossowski as the school's new Director of Development.  Mr. Ossowski will manage Rivermont's advancement endeavors, including the annual fund, endowment, planned giving, auction, and alumni relations.  Rivermont has been educating students in the Quad Cities since 1884.  At Rivermont, tuition alone does not cover the cost of the education provided, nor does it take into account the school's long term needs or address capital improvements.  We are excited to welcome Mr. Ossowksi aboard to help raise the funds that make Rivermont's mission possible!

Ossowski, a resident of East Moline, is a graduate of Alleman High School and Northern Illinois University with over twenty five years of development experience.  He returned to the Quad Cities seven years ago after time spent in Arizona, where he served as Director of Development for the West Valley Symphony and the Challenger Space & Science Education Center in Phoenix, as well as a Major Gifts Officer at the University of Arizona and Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at Prescott College.  Ossowski spent the past six years as Director of Development at Family Resources, where he started the first annual fund campaign and helped lead a $1.1 million campaign to complete the historic Wittenmyer gymnasium restoration and renovation project.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school for preschool through 12th grade, with students from throughout the Quad City area.  Each year, students come to grow, to learn, and to experience an education designed to make a difference in their lives.  Founded in 1884, the school was originally organized as St. Katharine's School, an Episcopal school for girls located at 10th and Tremont Streets in Davenport.  In 1968, St. Katharine's dropped its boarding program, became co-educational, and added St. Mark's to its name.  In 1973, St. Katharine's - St. Mark's moved to its present location in Bettendorf and the name was changed to Rivermont Collegiate in 2001, following an amicable break with the Episcopal Church.

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The annual Rivermont Holiday Open House is open to the entire Quad City community!


Saturday, December 15th - 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Our campus is home to the historic Bettendorf Mansion - this is a fantastic opportunity to tour the Mansion while beautifully decorated for the season and learn about the history of the city.

The Bettendorf Mansion, constructed in 1915, features many of its original features and is truly breathtaking!



Rivermont Collegiate is ecstatic to announce senior Darsani Reddy has been named a 2013-14 Illinois State Scholar by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Darsani is the daughter of Dr. Bouyella and Mrs. Kamala Reddy of Moline, IL.  The State Scholar Program recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement.  Approximately the top ten percent of graduates from approved high schools are recognized as State Scholars each year.

A list of State Scholars in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas is attached.

About the Illinois State Scholar Program

To be eligible, a student must be a resident of Illinois and perform in the top one-half of their class (at the end of their junior year) and/or score in the 95th percentile on the ACT, SAT, or Prairie State Achievement Exam.  Once all students who meet these criteria are identified, a formula based on standardized test scores and performance-based academic data is used to select State Scholars.  While the prestigious recognition does not include a monetary award, recipients are encouraged to cite the award on college admission applications.  For additional information, visit

About Darsani Reddy

Darsani, who was also recently named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program, is a member of National Honor Society and President of the Rivermont Computer Club.  She is a member of the Varsity Basketball team and Show Choir and enjoys participating in Rivermont theater productions and volunteering at Trinity Medical Center.  Currently, Darsani is exploring The University of Chicago, Syracuse University, and Washington University in St. Louis, among other schools.

Congratulations to Darsani - the entire Rivermont community is extremely proud of this accomplishment!

Unique class, unique instructor, unique experience - oh, my!  See attached flyer for photos and details.


For photo opportunities and/or to interview Dominic Velando and students, contact Brittany Marietta at (563) 359-1366 ext. 308 or


What: Martial Arts Class at Rivermont Collegiate

Who: Instructor Dominic Velando, Students 3rd- 4th Grade

When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Nov. 7th - Dec. 19th - 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dominic Velando:

· Teaching experience in Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai (kickboxing), Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Arnis (sword fighting)

· Brown Belt in Karate

· Third Degree Black Belt in Arnis (sword fighting)


Class touches on Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Arnis (sword fighting), but with a focus on sword fighting.  Students' swords are made of flexible PVC pipe with a soft, foam insulation cover - similar to Star Wars light sabers!

Rivermont Collegiate has been educating students in the Quad Cities since 1884 and has touched many lives in the community.  Unfortunately, we sometimes lose contact with alumni and are asking for help in spreading the word about this great opportunity to reconnect!

What: Alumni & Friends Reunion

Who: Rivermont Collegiate - St. Katharine's-St. Mark's - St. Katharine's School

  • Alumni
  • Former Students
  • Former Faculty, Staff, Administration, Coaches

When: Tuesday, November 20th

Where: Rivermont Collegiate - 1821 Sunset Drive - Bettendorf, IA 52722

(directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware)

We are reaching out to alumni and former students, as well as former faculty, staff, administration, and coaches to join us and bring their families!

129 Years - A Brief History:

1884 - St. Katharine's School founded, an Episcopal school for girls located at 10th & Tremont Streets in Davenport

1968 - St. Katharine's dropped boarding program, become co-educational, added St. Mark's

1973 - St. Katharine's - St. Mark's moved to present location, the historic Bettendorf Mansion

1980 - St. Katharine's - St. Mark's amicably broke ties with Episcopal Church

2001 - Board of Trustees voted to change school name to Rivermont Collegiate

Congratulations to the following students who have made the Rivermont Collegiate 1st Quarter Honor Roll!

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

High Honors

(All grades B+ or higher; B or higher for courses designated as Upper School level)

Genevieve Solange Bolger

Spencer Brown

Elizabeth Decker

Giavanna Eckhardt

Jessica Elliott

Shivani Ganesh

Andrea Gamble

Olivia Gamble

Aislinn Geedey

Mahum Haque

Azariah Hughes

Megan Lindle

Mary Aisling McDowell

Naina Ninan

Benjamin Nordick

Manasa Pagadala

Emilia Porubcin

Collin Smith

Nikhil Wagher



(All grades B- or higher; C+ or higher for courses designated as Upper School level)

Hema Chimpidi

Kenton Fee

William Heaney

Molly Lewis

Carly Miller

Elizabeth Paxton

Bhavana Purighalla

Maryam Rasheed

Lauren Schroeder

Timothy Jacob Vaughn

Jack Westphal


Upper School (Grade 9-12)

Headmaster's List - GPA 3.85-4.00

Adam Dada

Summer Lawrence

Victoria Mbakwe

Amanda McVey

Michal Porubcin

Shravya Pothula

Kelsey Qu

Darsani Reddy

Suhas Seshadri

Alexander Skillin

Loring Telleen


Distinction - GPA 3.50-3.84

Vishal Bobba

Rebecca Cupp

Christian Elliott

Alejandra Martinez

Tejasvi Kotte

Margaret Martens

Ashish Tadepalli


Merit - GPA 3.00-3.49

Anastasia Eganova

Ryan Howell

Nathan McVey

Hayley Moran

MingSui Tang

The University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center annually releases the Iowa AP Index to recognize the Top 50 Iowa accredited high schools (public and nonpublic) for providing Advanced Placement opportunities.  Magnet Schools, Specially Accredited College Preparatory Schools, non-accredited schools, and home schools are not included in the Top 50 ranking.  Rivermont, being considered a Specially Accredited College Preparatory School, is not included in the Top 50 list.  However, all schools are scored using the same formula, so numerical scores provide a clear comparison.

Based on a 2012 Iowa AP Index score of 2.73, Rivermont Collegiate ranks 4th in the state overall, behind Des Moines Central Campus High School (7.62 - Magnet School), George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids (3.08), and Regina Junior/Senior High School in Iowa City (2.93).

We are extremely proud of our record of excellence with AP!  Rivermont students are encouraged to customize their education with a wide variety of both AP and Independent Study options.  The following list is only a sampling of AP courses offered at Rivermont:

ü  English Literature and Composition

ü  English Language and Composition

ü  French Language and Civilization

ü  Spanish Language and Civilization

ü  Calculus AB

ü  Calculus BC

ü  Statistics

ü  Physics

ü  Biology

ü  Chemistry

ü  Environmental Science

ü  United States Government & Politics

ü  United States History

ü  Psychology

ü  Microeconomics

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school for preschool through twelfth grade.  For additional information on Rivermont, contact Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or


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What:  Parent Talk - a recurring FREE lecture series open to QC community

When:  Wednesday, 10/24 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where:  Auditorium - Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA  (directly off 18th St. behind K&K Hardware)

Topic:  The Future of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) & Student Robotics Across Iowa

Operate on your next chicken or turkey dinner, taking a moment to examine the vertebrae of the neck or hinge joints of the wings.  Discuss oil-eating bacteria in the Gulf on the way to swim practice.  After the big game, calculate how much the university football coach earns per game or per hour.  Sound like weird family activities?  Reconsider!  Future careers, as well as daily life decisions, will increasingly depend on a firm grounding in math and science.  Set your kids on course for a bright future by helping them prepare for their STEM-based world!

Rivermont Collegiate is excited to present Parent Talk, featuring industry experts on education topics.  The October session will feature guest speaker Pat Barnes, Program Director for John Deere's new STEM initiative, John Deere Inspire.

Join us to explore why STEM is critical to our community, what STEM initiatives are happening in the Quad Cities, and how to get involved and spark your child's interest in STEM.

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school for students in preschool through 12th grade.  For additional information, contact Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admissions and Marketing, at 563-359-1366 x302 or

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