Rivermont Collegiate has a long, rich history of providing outstanding education to its students. We’ve had our share of lean years along the way and had to make adjustments to preserve the school’s legacy. What started as St. Katharine’s, a girls’ boarding school in 1884, became St. Katharine’s/St. Mark’s, a coed day school in 1968 and today as Rivermont Collegiate, offers coed boarding and day programming.

With the 2008 housing market crash, through 2016, enrollment was decreasing, and our financial situation was less than optimal. So we got to work putting a plan in place to address these issues as well as the changing college and job climate our graduates would face. The plan included adding the boarding program and establishing international partner schools, which helped with the finances and low enrollment. We also built a small multi-cultural community right here on our campus in Bettendorf. Students from Afghanistan, Morocco, and Vietnam are immersed with students from China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain, and the United States. Between 2016 and 2020, enrollment increase from 173 to 244. Unfortunately, many local families have departed amidst the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, its impact on schools, and its economic impact, at personal, regional, and local levels. This fall, we opened with 205 students, nearly 40 short of last fall.

We were well on our way to reaching our enrollment and financial goals when the pandemic hit. It slowed and even reversed much of the momentum we’ve built over the last few years. Right now, we are just trying to weather the storm so, when all is said and done, we can pick up and move forward without starting from square one.

We ask each member of the Rivermont Collegiate family and our friends in the community to make a meaningful gift to the Annual Fund. Thank you!

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The Rivermont Collegiate 2020-2021 Annual Fund

by Rivermont Collegiate


Rivermont Collegiate has a long, rich history of providing outstanding education to its students. We’ve had our share of lean years along the way and had to make adjustments to preserve the school’s legacy. What started as St. Katharine’s, a girls’ boarding school in 1884, became St. Katharine’s/St. Mark’s, a coed day school in 1968 and today as Rivermont Collegiate, offers coed boarding and day programming.

With the 2008 housing market crash, through 2016, enrollment was decreasing, and our financial situation was less than optimal. So we got to work putting a plan in place to address these issues as well as the changing college and job climate our graduates would face. The plan included adding the boarding program and establishing international partner schools, which helped with the finances and low enrollment. We also built a small multi-cultural community right here on our campus in Bettendorf. Students from Afghanistan, Morocco, and Vietnam are immersed with students from China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain, and the United States. Between 2016 and 2020, enrollment increase from 173 to 244. Unfortunately, many local families have departed amidst the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, its impact on schools, and its economic impact, at personal, regional, and local levels. This fall, we opened with 205 students, nearly 40 short of last fall.

We were well on our way to reaching our enrollment and financial goals when the pandemic hit. It slowed and even reversed much of the momentum we’ve built over the last few years. Right now, we are just trying to weather the storm so, when all is said and done, we can pick up and move forward without starting from square one.

We ask each member of the Rivermont Collegiate family and our friends in the community to make a meaningful gift to the Annual Fund. Thank you!