What type of environment does John F. Kennedy Catholic School provide?
Our Lady of Victory parish, through John F. Kennedy Catholic School, Guardian Angel Preschool, and our daycare (Early Childhood Learning Center), provides a preschool – 8th grade Christ-centered, nurturing, caring, safe environment. Acting as an extension of the family, the staff of JFK encourages all students to realize and reach their true potential. Students are taught life skills and values, including to respect others, care for and help others, and to be accountable for their actions.
How important is religion as part of the school curriculum?
Christ is at the center of the curriculum and activities at the school. Students spend nearly three and a half hours each week engaged in faith formation activities, including weekly Masses, daily religion classes, daily prayer, and service activities. Once per month, we typically have a grade celebrate Mass with the residents of Ridgecrest as well. Service activities and retreat opportunities are age appropriate and allow students to put their faith into action. In addition to classroom teachers, religious instruction is enhanced by the pastor, director of religious education, and coordinator of youth ministry.
What are the curriculum standards, and what academic resources are made available to the students?
Reading (Literature in grades 6-8)
Science and Health
Music and drama
Foreign Lang. exploratory (grades 6-8)
All students spend at least 90 minutes per day in reading/literature and language arts, even in the middle school years, and 60 minutes of math per day. JFK follows the curriculum guidelines of the Diocese of Davenport and the Iowa Core, which is based upon the national Common Core.
JFK students score 1-3 grade levels above national averages on the Iowa Assessments. Students begin writing research papers as early as the fourth grade, and all 5th-8th grade students compete in a speech contest which requires both a research paper and a public speech. JFK graduates are regularly among the top students at Assumption, West, North, and even Central and North Scott high schools. It is a common occurrence for a JFK alumnus to be the valedictorian of his/her graduating high school class.
JFK students and graduates do exceptionally well in the areas of leadership, service, academics, theater, music, and athletics. High school teachers often remark that they can easily identify JFK graduates in their classes.
Tutoring and extra help is available to those students who need extra support, and special enrichment activities are available for those students excelling. One of the unique characteristics of JFK is that many activities that might be just in a Talented and Gifted program in other buildings are either required of or open to all students at JFK. Mock Trial at JFK, for example, is open to every student in grades 6-8. Lego League is active in multiple grades and we have even had a JFK student who was the national winner in past speech contests.
What are the hours of the school day and is there a before or after school program?
K-8 classes start at 7:25 a.m., and school is dismissed at 2:40 p.m except for Wednesdays when dismissal is at 1:40 p.m. Staff supervision of the playground begins at 7:10 a.m. and concludes at 2:55 p.m. The after school extended day program is available from 2:40-5:30 p.m. except Wednesdays when it starts at 1:40. A before school care program begins at 7:00 a.m. for morning preschoolers. There are additional charges for the before and after school programs.
Times are subject to change each school year.
Can my child be bused to school?
Yes. Davenport public school system will provide free transportation for children attending JFK, provided they meet distance requirements, which have typically been 1 ½ miles from JFK for students in grades K-5 and 1 1/2 to 2 miles for students in grades 6-8. Parents of students who live in school districts other than Davenport may apply for a reimbursement for transporting their own children. The bus company, Durham, can be reached at 386-1436 for more information. Bus transportation is subject to change.
How large are the classes?
Student-teacher ratio in K-8: 13.7 to 1
K-8 ratio of staff working with students: 12.1 to 1
Average class size in K-8: 18.2
Aides are in several classrooms
Guardian Angel preschool with teacher and aide(s):
3 year old program: 24 maximum, max 8 to 1 ratio
4 year old programs: 20 maximum, max 10 to 1 ratio
Do you offer sports programs?
Sports programs can begin with Dav Parks & Rec teams associated with JFK in preschool and Kindergarten and continue throughout 8th grade. Parks & Rec operates fall and spring soccer, flag football, basketball, and softball programs. The Catholic League offers inter-scholastic competition for 6th-8th graders in volleyball, basketball, track, and cheerleading that is both school based and parish based. Many of our students participate in Rising Knights and Future Lady Knights programs in football, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, and golf. These programs can be excellent feeder programs to Assumption High School. JFK sponsors several intermural after school activites for students. There are also plenty of local programs for cheerleading, dance, and tumbling.
Are there fine arts and music programs at John F. Kennedy?
JFK’s music and drama programs are central to the school’s culture. Students have two music classes each week. All students participate in musical productions each year, and the 7th and 8th graders can also elect to be in choir. All 8th graders have learned to play the ukulele. Students can choose to begin instrumental music in the 5th grade where 85% or more of the students play an instrument. JFK has three bands: 5th, 6th, and 7th/8th grade. All students also have art class twice per week.
Does John F. Kennedy offer extra curricular activities or field trips?
Our school has a variety of extra curricular activities, including music, band, theater, student council, Lego League, Creative Crusaders, newspaper, science fair, mock trial, civic oration, and all levels of scouts. Our students also experience academically enriching field trips to places such as the Chicago museums and the Quad City Symphony.
Do you have a gym and a physical education program?
Students take physical education twice per week. Physical education classes emphasize cognitive understanding and individual growth and skill development. Including recesses, K-5 students have at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and 6-8 students have at least 120 minutes per week. Our parish has several acres of land available for student use, and the students enjoy our extensive playground equipment, soccer fields, a softball/baseball field, and a gymnasium.
What technology resources or computer training is available to the students?
JFK had a 1:1 student to computer/tablet ratio in all K-8th grades in 2020-21. Students regularly use computers for research, composition, practice, and presentations. Students are also taught correct keyboarding skills. The school has interactive whiteboards and LCD projectors in each classroom, and students and staff utilize Google Apps for Education. An online math program adjusts students’ supplemental lessons to students’ ability levels. A comprehensive website, a manual and automated phone/text/email system, and social media enhance communications at JFK.
What is the cost to educate my child at John F. Kennedy Catholic School?
Being a stewardship parish, Our Lady of Victory encourages everyone to be good stewards of their time, talent, and treasure. Many respond with sacrificial giving through the church envelopes and support the mission of educating our children. Families that have gone before us have paid for the school building, and our dedicated teachers view their work as a gift back to God. Many parishioners give 5 – 10% of their family income to the parish and its mission of Catholic Schools. The actual cost to educate a PS-8 child at JFK, although over $6,000 per student, is significantly less than needed in the Davenport public schools. The parish invests over $1,800 in the education of each K-8 child. Tuition, fees, fundraisers, and other sources combine for the rest of our revenue. There is a registration fee of $125 per child with a family maximum of $250. Rates and fees are re-examined annually. Tuition rates:
Registered and participating members of Our Lady of Victory:
First child: $3,970 or $330.83 per month
Second child: $3,375 or $281.21 per month
Third child: $2,580 or $215 per month
4th and more: $1,985 or $165.42 per month
Registered and participating members of another Catholic parish:
First child: $4,270 or $355.83 per month
Second child: $3,375 or $281.21 per month
Third child: $2,580 or $215 per month
Fourth child: $1,985 or $165.42 per month
Families not registered and participating in any Catholic parish:
First child: $6,000 or $500 per month
Second child: $3,375 or $218.25 per month
Third child: $2,580 or $215 per month
Fourth child: $1,985 or $165.42 per month
The 10 or 12 month payment plans are the most popular options. Payments can also be made annually or semi-annually.
Are there scholarships, credits, or financial assistance?
Yes! Tuition for a child can be reduced to less than $80 per month for some families using the following options.
Family Tuition Plan: Through funds raised in the “Embracing Our Future” county-wide capital campaign and the Mississippi Valley Student Tuition Organization, more tuition assistance is available than ever before. Over $1.3 million is distributed to students in Scott County Catholic Schools, and over 1/3 of our students receive assistance. All families are encouraged to apply.
Victory Vouchers: By using Victory Vouchers (like gift cards) at local grocery and retail stores, a family can reduce its tuition by 2% of the value of the voucher purchases thanks to the stores donating a portion of the voucher sales back to the parish. The more a family uses Victory Vouchers to make their purchases, the more a family’s tuition bill will be credited. Some families save $150 – $210 per year with Victory Vouchers.
Iowa Education Tax Credit: Families can receive a credit of up to $250 on their Iowa income taxes. (Consult your tax advisor.)
Grants and hardship assistance: Additional parish grants and assistance may be arranged by the family with the pastor.
Scholarships: Several scholarships are available to 7th and 8th graders and students attending Assumption High School.
Can my child attend John F. Kennedy Catholic School if we are not parishioners or Catholics?
Yes, students of any religion or parish, race, ethnic background, and gender are welcome. Students of religious traditions other than Catholicism are treated as part of the family and participate in many of the religious activities. Some of our most active families are non-parishioners.
Are there preschool, kindergarten, and daycare opportunities available?
Full day kindergarten classes follow the same schedule as students in grades 1-8.
The parish sponsors Guardian Angel Preschool for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Guardian Angel Preschool offers an academically enriching, age appropriate introduction to school with certified teachers. Two classes are available for three year olds: MWF 7:25-9:55 or TTh 7:25-9:55. Four and five year olds can meet M-F mornings from 7:25-10:25 (until 9:55 on Weds) or M-F afternoons from 11:40-2:40 (11:10-1:40 on Weds). Wrap around childcare is available.
Rates for Preschool:
MWF 3 yr olds = $2,925
TTh 3 yr olds = $2,080
4 yr olds = Free for 10 hrs for IA four year olds (state subsidized)*
Additional Instruction Time = $230
5 yr olds = $3,210
Rates for JFK siblings are 83% of the above, and 10 month payment options are also available.
*Dependent upon renewal of state funding.
Our Early Childhood Learning Center (daycare/childcare) for 3-5 year olds also offers a full day educational and child care arrangement and is led by a teacher with an early childhood teaching license. It operates from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Rates for Preschool and ECLC combinations:
OLV parishioner or JFK sibling:
3 yr old: $205 for 40 weeks AND $450 per yr for PS
4 yr old: $205 for 40 weeks (PS state funded + $230 add’l time fee)
5 yr old: $205 for 40 weeks AND $900 per yr for PS
3 yr old: $235 for 40 weeks AND $450 per yr for PS
4 yr old: $235 for 40 weeks (PS state funded + $230 add’l time fee)
5 yr old: $230 for 40 weeks AND $900 per yr for PS
Are there summer options?
Yes, JFK has several summer options available from which to choose:
Tutoring/Lessons: One to one tutoring and instrumental lessons are available from certified staff. The rate is $22 per hour/$11 per half hour. Flexible arrangements are made between the family and staff member.
JFK Leaps & Bounds: Staffed by certified teachers, this summer program offers several two week sessions for those who want to get ahead or get caught up on their reading and math skills. Students in grades K-6 can participate in one session, all sessions, or any combination of the sessions.
Other: Other summer programming may be available, such as a weeklong JumpStart kindergarten.
Is there a uniform policy?
Yes, JFK has a uniform policy that describes what is and is not acceptable attire. In general, boys and girls can wear collared polo shirts in red, navy, and white colors, and dress pants in navy and khaki colors. Girls can also wear the plaid jumpers or skirts. The detailed policy is available under “Policies and Forms” on our website.
What type of lunch program is there?
Students have the option of hot lunch that is cooked on site ($2.75 in 2020-21) or bringing their own lunches. Families can also apply for free or reduced price rates. Hot lunch menus are published monthly and available under the “Calendars” section of our website.
Are the teachers qualified?
Yes. The teachers meet Iowa state certification standards with at least BA or BS degrees in education and continue to take classes to better themselves. Many staff members are also members of Our Lady of Victory and currently have or have had their own children at JFK.
Do the teachers regularly assign homework?
Yes. The general rule of thumb is about ten minutes of homework per grade level per night. On some nights, there is more homework, and, on other nights, there is less. Special projects also require work outside of school, and reading and math outside of school are always encouraged.
What opportunities are there for parents to become involved?
The school is an integral part of the Our Lady of Victory parish. Specific school organizations include the Home and School Association, the Band Boosters, theater, and the Board of Education. There are opportunities for coaching, tutoring, leading scout groups, and assisting in the lunchroom, on field trips, during retreats, and with service activities.
The Family Tuition Plan
The Family Tuition Plan is designed to make it possible for every interested Catholic family to choose a K-12 Catholic school education regardless of financial barriers. The Plan is also available for members of other religious traditions. Parents sometimes forego a Catholic school education for their children after analyzing family budgets and fearing that tuition costs may eventually become difficult to manage. The goal of the Family Tuition Plan is to alleviate these fears by providing tuition assistance.
The Family Tuition Plan considers each family’s size and total income, weighing these factors against family tuition requirements. The plan helps both low-income and middle-income families at those times when the K-12 tuition needs are the highest. Over 1/3 of our students receive financial assistance. It is the goal of the Family Tuition Plan to allow all families an opportunity to select Catholic schools for their children. The Family Tuition Plan provides a great opportunity for both our families and our schools!
Comments from Parents: What do you like about JFK?
“I like the fact that the school feels like one big family.”
“The staff is fantastic!”
“Challenging academics. No tolerance for bullying/negativism.”
“…[S]tudents that attend JFK come from families that care about their kids [and] support their children behaviorally and academically.”
“High academic standards, dedicated teachers & staff, family-like atmosphere, faith-filled community, safe environment.”
How to Enroll, Take a Tour, or Obtain More Information
Please call the principal, Chad Steimle, or school office staff, Angie Hillebrand and Megan Masterson, at (563) 391-3030 or the parish office at (563) 391-4245 or stop by our school office at 1627 W. 42nd Street, Davenport, Iowa any school day between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. during the summer). You can also e-mail us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.