Now is the time to explore educational options for the 2012-13 school year!

At Rivermont Collegiate, students are encouraged to stretch beyond their comfort zone and are part of an inspiring environment where learning is exciting.  Drop in Saturday to explore our campus, philosophy, curriculum, and programs.  No pressure - just information!

What: Rivermont Collegiate Open House

When: Saturday, January 21st - 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent, nonsectarian college-prep school, serving students in preschool through grade 12.  Rivermont students come from many Quad City area communities and financial aid is available.  100% of Rivermont graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities.


Make a New Year's resolution to maximize your child's potential!

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college-prep school for students in preschool through grade 12.  Join us for an event in January to explore what Rivermont Collegiate is all about - all events are casual and no appointment is needed.

Did you know...

  • 100% of Rivermont graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities
  • Over 90% of Rivermont graduates earn renewable college merit scholarships
  • Rivermont grades 2-8 ITBS composite scores rank in the 99th percentile
  • Rivermont features a 9:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Over 30% of Rivermont students qualify for some form of tuition assistance


Open Tours - Tuesday, January 3rd - 8:30-10:00 a.m.


Open House Coffee - Saturday, January 21st - 8:30-11:00 a.m.


Open House - Thursday, January 26th - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

What: Rivermont Collegiate Young Scholars Program

When: First Thursday of each month, 9:00-10:00 a.m. - first Young Scholars is Thursday, January 5th!

Who: Local children ages 2-4 (and an accompanying adult)

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

Contact: Brittany Marietta, Director of Admission - (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or marietta@rvmt.og

Join the current Rivermont PreSchool class for crafts, stories, and new friends!  Children ages 2-4 and an accompanying adult are invited to participate in any (or all) of Rivermont's Young Scholars days.  Young Scholars meets the first Thursday of every month, beginning in January, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Becherer Hall on the Rivermont campus.  Young Scholars is free and open to the community!  Don't miss this fantastic opportunity for your child to socialize, enjoy a story, and learn a craft!

Young Scholars is a fantastic opportunity to visit campus and casually explore Early School at Rivermont.  Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college-prep school for students in preschool through grade 12, where small class sizes ensure personalized attention for each student.  Our diverse student body comes from throughout the Quad City area.  Join us and explore Rivermont!
When your child's dreams extend well beyond sugarplums...


PreSchool - 12th Grade College Prep

• Small class sizes & individualized attention
• Diverse student body from throughout the Quad City area
• 100% graduate acceptance to 4-year colleges & universities

December Admission Events

Tuesday, 12/6 - 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, 12/15 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Open Tours

Open House

Can't make these events?
Call for an appointment!
Brittany Marietta - Director of Admission
(563) 359-1366 ext. 302

1821 Sunset Drive - Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 359-1366 -

(located directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf)
Please Join Us!


Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 10, 2011
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Rivermont campus is home to the Joseph Bettendorf Mansion, a local landmark
included in the National Register of Historic Places. Joseph Bettendorf, head of the
Bettendorf Company, built his English manor style home in 1915. The Holiday Open
House is a chance for the community to view the Bettendorf Mansion in all its
splendor, beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Drop in for light refreshments & tours of this local gem!

This event is open to the public.

1821 Sunset Drive - Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 359-1366 -

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

Nine Iowa Women of Innovation were honored last Thursday evening by the Technology Association of Iowa at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines.  Honorees included entrepreneurs, executives, college professors, and two students who each received $2,500 scholarships.  Betty Griffin, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist for Davenport Community Schools, and Pavane Gorrepati, senior at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf, were among the nine winners.

The Iowa Women of Innovation awards celebrate female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Nominations were submitted from communities across the state and finalists represented a range of backgrounds: teachers, researchers, technologists, and CEOs, among other titles.  Finalists also include high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in technology.

For a complete list of finalists and winners, visit


2011 Women of Innovation Award Winners:

Research Innovation and Leadership: Dr. Byrony Bonning, a professor at Iowa State University's department of entomology.  Bonning, a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, is the founding director of the ISU Virus-Insect Interactions Initiative.  Her research has resulted in five patents that have attracted industrial support.

Academic Innovation and Leadership in Secondary Education:  Betty Griffin, curriculum and instruction specialist in the Davenport Community Schools. Griffin brought the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program to Davenport, and developed a PLTW summer camp for 8th grade students.  She helped create a scholarship fund to promote college credit for high school students. 

Academic Innovation and Leadership in Post-Secondary Education:  Dr. Sarah Larsen, a professor of chemistry at the University of Iowa.  Larsen's internationally-recognized research program studies nanomaterials, and has advanced the understanding of how porous particles can be used in environmental protection, catalysis, drug delivery and biomedical imaging.

Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership:  Dr. Jennifer Nieweg of Des Moines, co-founder of Catilin. Niewig's company develops cost-efficient catalysts for the production of bio-fuels.  Recently, Catilin merged with a multinational company, Albemarle, which develops, manufactures, and markets complex chemicals worldwide.

Non-Profit/Government Agency: Toni Tassone of the Iowa Department of Corrections.  Tassone created the Iowa Corrections Offender Network (ICON), an offender case management system. ICON's first year return on investment is estimated at $2 million.

Small Business Innovation and Leadership:  Charise Flynn, Chief Operating Officer at Dwolla, a social payment network in Des Moines.  Flynn leads a team of 20, managing the company's fast-paced growth, implementing new processes and systems, and executing the company's vision.

Large Company Innovation and Leadership:  Kristin Runyan, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Product Management for CDS Global in Des Moines.  Runyan leads the company's vision of diversifying its business, changing company culture, and transforming technology.

Collegiate Innovation and Leadership: Chloe Dedic, a senior in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University.  Dedic studies pollutant formation in devices used for clean power generation.  Thanks in part to her work, the mechanical engineering department was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant.

Youth Innovation and LeadershipPavane Gorrepati, a senior at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf. Gorrepati is the only student there who has completed six science classes in four years.  She earned a Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and has founded "Sending Seeds Overseas," which provides seeds for farmers in third-world countries.

Note: Rivermont Collegiate senior Meghana Pagadala was also a finalist in this category.


For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Brittany Marietta, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or


Always a Lion!


Alumni & Friends Reunion

Tuesday, November 22nd

Stay connected to friends who shared the court & classroom
and the faculty & coaches dedicated to your success!

6:00 p.m. - Women's Alumni Volleyball Match
7:00 p.m. - Men's & Women's Alumni Basketball Game

Alumni cheerleaders are encouraged to join us and cheer!

A reception will follow the basketball game

RSVP to Ed Knupp -
Quad City residents are fortunate to have the ability to choose from a variety of educational options for their children.  These alternatives give parents the power and freedom to choose a setting that works best for their children.  Are you aware of the options available in your community?  Join us!

What: Rivermont Open House Coffee
When: Saturday, November 12th - 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Rivermont Collegiate - Becherer Hall - 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

What: Rivermont Open House
When: Thursday, November 17th - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Rivermont Collegiate - Becherer Hall - 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

These informal open houses are fantastic opportunities to tour campus and explore Rivermont's philosophy and curriculum.  Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent, nonsectarian college prep school, serving students in preschool through grade 12.

No appointment necessary!  Brittany Marietta, Director of Admission, will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions.

Dear Rivermont Community:

Professional development is an important facet of Rivermont's commitment to lifelong learning.  Our students, however, are not the only learners.  Our faculty, administrators and trustees also take on this commitment.  The Independent Schools Association of the Central States, ISACS provides valuable professional development opportunities to Rivermont in addition to accreditation services.  Each year ISACS sponsors a conference for teachers and administrators where ideas, best practices, opportunities and challenges are shared.  This is especially beneficial since the participating schools are like Rivermont -- independent, private schools.  This year's conference theme is Innovation:  Thinking Outside the Box and features a keynote from Guy Kawasaki, formerly from Apple, co-founder of and founding partner of Garage Technology Ventures and author of nine books, his newest being Enchantment:  The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, was released in March 2011.  Also presenting is Jane McGonigal, PhD, a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games - or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems.  Gaming might seem contradictory to the intellectual pursuits of a college prep environment but Dr. McGonagal reminded us that the opposite of play is not work, it is depression.  She then proceeded to share some attitude altering insights.

This year, Becca Ashby, Colleen McCarty, Carrie Skillin and Kathy Topalian have joined me in attending this 2-day conference in Detroit.  In addition to the two keynote speakers mentioned several other featured speakers and leaders in independent school education are presenting sessions relevant to all aspects of school.  We have already learned much and we still have another full day to go.  We all look forward to returning to Rivermont with some fresh ideas and perspectives.

Last week I shared a list of activities on campus and incorrectly listed the matinee of the Upper School play.  That performance will be Saturday, tomorrow, at 1:30 PM with an evening performance at 7:00 PM.

Here is the list once again with the correction.

  • Friday, November 4 - Murder by the Book - US Fall Play set in our own Mansion, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 5 - Murder by the Book - 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM performances
  • Monday, November 7 - Fall Sports Night, 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria
  • November 7-18 - Iowa Assessments for Grades 2-8 (formerly ITBS) - Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast!
  • Tuesday, November 8 - First Middle School Boys Basketball game of season (Away)
  • Wednesday, November 9 - Parents Council Meeting, 8:30 AM in the Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, November 9 - FAFSA Workshop for Senior parents and open to the public, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 10 - Student Hunger Drive Loading Day and Finale Rally at RiverBend FoodBank
  • Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day Assembly
  • Saturday, November 12 - BEST and SSAT exams given at Rivermont
  • Wednesday, November 16 - QC Arts, Jon Faddis Assembly
  • Thursday, November 17 - Public Open House, 6:00-8:00 PM - Invite your friends & colleagues
  • Monday, November 21 - Rivermont performance at Festival of Trees, 2:00-4:00 PM RiverCenter.  Continue the fun with Rivermont Family Dinner Night at Chick-fil-A on 53rd Street/Elmore in Davenport
  • Tuesday, November 22 - First Home game for Middle School Boys Basketball, 4:30 PM vs. Morning Star
  • Tuesday, November 22 - 6:00 PM Alumni Volleyball & 7:00 PM Basketball Game Night
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Grandparents & Special Friends Day, Assembly at 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday, November 30 - First Varsity Boys Basketball Game of Season vs. Scattergood Friends, 6:30 PM (Home)
  • Thursday, December 8 - Winter Concert, 7:00 PM in the Auditorium
  • Saturday, December 10 - Holiday Mansion Open House, 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Early School Winter Program, 10:45 AM in the Auditorium
  • December 14-16 - Upper School Semester Exam Days
  • Thursday, December 15 - Public Open House, 6:00-8:00 PM - Invite your friends & colleagues
  • Friday, December 16 - December Break begin at 3:30 PM Dismissal
  • See you back on Monday, January 2, 2012!

No spectators here, only participants!