carriage house residence hall interior and exterior views

Boarding Program

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your student. As a parent, you have the opportunity to choose a school with a mission that is right for your family, resulting in an education that prepares your student for success in college and beyond. We understand the importance of asking the right questions and learning as much as possible before making a decision. We encourage you to visit our campus and experience for yourself why being a member of the Rivermont Family is such a unique and rewarding experience.

Below are just a few reasons to consider a Rivermont Collegiate education:

  • Ranked #1 Private High School in Iowa and #1 High School for STEM in Iowa by Niche
  • Top-ranked College Preparatory School in Iowa for every year of the Iowa AP Index (2005-2017)
  • Graduated 12 National Merit Scholars, seven Finalists, three Semi-Finalists, and 20 National Merit Commended students over thirty-seven graduating classes
  • 100% of graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities
  • On average, Rivermont graduates are admitted to 6 colleges & universities and receive over $178,900 in merit-based scholarship offers each
  • 90% of 2009-2013 graduates have graduated or will graduate college in 4 years (national average to receive bachelor’s in 4 years: 38.6%*)

The Mansion and Becherer Hall

view of mansion and becherer hall

The Joseph W. Bettendorf Mansion, right, was built for Joseph and Elizabeth (Ohl) Bettendorf. Joseph, head of the Bettendorf Company, built his English manor style home on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in 1915. The school purchased the Mansion and Carriage House in 1973. Today, the Mansion houses administration as well as Middle and Upper School classrooms. Becherer Hall, left, was built in 2001 and houses our Early and Lower School classrooms, the school’s cafeteria, auditorium, and gymnasium. Read more about the school’s history.

Tuition and Fees

  • 7-Day Boarding Students – Tuition, Room, and Board: $42,000 (Includes Tuition Deposit)
  • 5-Day Boarding Students – Tuition, Room, and Board: $34,500 (Includes Tuition Deposit)

Tuition Assistance

  • Rivermont Collegiate uses FACTS Management to help determine what a family can afford towards the annual Rivermont tuition.

Student Life – Boarding Program

Rivermont Collegiate has two residence halls on its campus. The girls’ dorms are on the upper floors of the Carriage House. The building has 17 beds, two dorm parent apartments, as well as a student commons area, pottery studio, and art classroom. The boys’ dorms are on the upper floors of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) center. There are 12 beds and two more dorm parent apartments in the 30,000 plus square foot facility. It also has a student commons, laundry room, and meeting space as well as classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Rivermont students come from around the world, including Vietnam, Morocco, Jamaica, Congo, Afghanistan, Dominica, South Korea, China, and the USA. All of our students enjoy free time together socializing with friends and faculty as well as weekend excursions, including shopping at the mall, seeing a movie, or dinner out. Each month a “large” trip is scheduled. Examples include a day trip to Chicago, boating on the Mississippi River, museum visits, and much more.

We accept applications for national and international boarding students entering grades 7-11 year-round. 7th and 8th-grade students are placed with a host family, usually a Rivermont faculty member, while high school students are placed in the appropriate residence hall, as long as space is available otherwise, they are placed with a host family.

Rivermont Collegiate STEAM Center

Exterior shot of the STEAM Center. Students enjoy down time in the student commons area.

Carriage House Residence Hall Exterior

The Carriage House Residence Hall for girls.

Dorm room in the Carriage House Residence Hall

Dorm room in the Carriage House.

quad cities on the mapLiving in the Quad Cities

  • The Quad Cities straddles the Mississippi River (the largest river in the United States) and includes Bettendorf and Davenport in the Iowa Quad Cities, and Moline and Rock Island on the Illinois side.
  • Rivermont Collegiate is 20 minutes from the Quad Cities International Airport and only 3 hours from Chicago
  • The School sits on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River
  • The Quad Cities region is one of the safest areas to live in all of the United States
  • Entertainment in the Quad Cities includes shopping centers, movie theaters, professional sports, museums, farmers’ markets, and much more!

modern woodmen parkModern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa
Photo Courtesy Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois and the Skybridge in Davenport, Iowa

Left: John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois
Photo Courtesy Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Right: Skybridge in Davenport, Iowa
Photo Courtesy Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Centennial Bridge at Night

Centennial Bridge from Davenport, Iowa to Rock Island, Illinois
Photo courtesy, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

students on the circle lawn in front of the mansion
students performing their skit at the hunger drive
Basketball player
two students studying
Varsity Cheerleaders