Rock Island Schools

Rock Island, Illinois, hosts a strong tradition of academic excellence. A robust public school system is augmented by high quality religious schools, and the needs of higher learning students are met by an award winning four-year university and graduate center. Rock Island students also benefit from the close proximity of cultural centers in Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline.

Rock Island Public Schools

Rock Island-Milan School District #41 oversees the public education of Rock Island children and teens. The Rock Island school district encompasses 16 elementary and secondary schools, serving nearly 7,000 students. The motto of the Rock Island school district is “Excellence Every Day,” and that spirit is certainly reflected in the students and staff. Rock Island public schools have been awarded educational grants for innovative hands-on learning experiences proposed by Rock Island teachers. District #41 also hosts a biweekly podcast, called ROCKcast, available on the district’s website and through iTunes.

Rock Island Private Schools

Three private faith-based schools offer Rock Island residents the opportunity to study in a rigorous academic setting while acknowledging the importance of religious beliefs.

  • Alleman Catholic High School (9 to12)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Elementary (Pre-K to 6)
  • Jordan Catholic Schools (Pre-K to 8)

Colleges in Rock Island

The Quad Cities Graduate Study Center is a resource for graduate students and professionals who cannot fit traditional on-campus study into their work and family responsibilities. The graduate center is publicly-funded and supported by both the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Board of regents for the State of Iowa.

No overview of Rock Island schools is complete without a mention of Augustana College. Established in Rock Island in 1875, the private university has become a center for academic excellence. Since its founding, Augustana College has produced a Nobel Prize winner, as well as more Academic All-American honorees than all but two American colleges.

Educational Enrichment in Rock Island

Outside of class, Rock Island students enjoy access to fantastic learning centers in the greater Quad Cities. The John Deere Pavilion in Moline showcases the agricultural heart of Rock Island history. Across the river, the Alder Theater in downtown Davenport is home to the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. The Putnam Museum and IMAX Theater and the Figge Art Museum are also close by to provide cultural enrichment to the students of Rock Island.