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Our School

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School staff work in partnership with families and community to provide all students with a foundation for life-long learning.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: (563) 359-8261 | Fax: (563) 359-6641

Breakfast Times: 8-8:25 a.m.
Student Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Preschool: 8:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Students excited about guest reader

Thomas Jefferson Elementary is a one-section school serving approximately 158 preschool through 5th grade students.

Our elementary curriculum emphasizes literacy, communication, reasoning, and problem solving. Other subjects, including physical education, health, art, and music, are taught to all students K-5. Orchestra is available to students as early as grade 4 and, band as early as grade 5.

The school offers a program dedicated to teaching a defined core of knowledge and skills in reading, math and science.


District Mission

Educational excellence is the foundation of the Bettendorf Community School District. Working in partnership with the family and community, we will instill and nurture in all students the knowledge, skills, creativity, and confidence to pursue their dreams and to succeed in a global society.

Thomas Jefferson History

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School was built in September of 1949 with its latest addition and remodeling the summer of 1999. Jefferson Elementary School was named after the 3rd President of the United States. It was the third school built in Bettendorf and was only for grades K-3 when it opened.

Excepts from an August 29, 1949 newspaper article about Jefferson Elementary

Who said kids aren't interested in school? This group of 10 Bettendorf youngsters are regular visitors to the construction site of the new elementary school being built on Holmes Street. All will be enrolled in the new school building next fall and they are checking to make sure it is properly erected. Work is progressing according to schedule on the $90,000 project which will include four classrooms and will be opened for the fall term. Long-range plans for the building include an addition that will provide eight more classrooms for the fast-growing city.

Classrooms finished in bright pastel shades, lots of animal pictures, greenboards ("blackboards" they used to be known as), plenty of work and display space and roomy playgrounds are all a part of the new four-room school located at Seventh and Holmes streets. Built to take some of the load from the crowded Lincoln and Washington schools. The new building will accommodate approximately 120 kindergarten, first, second, and third grade pupils. The building is laid out so that it ultimately can be made into a 12 room school with the addition of 4 rooms on each of the east and west ends. With Bettendorf growing by leaps and bounds, officials are looking to the future.

The biggest eye catcher for the children will no doubt be the colored rooms. Each is finished in a combination of pastel colors with the lower half appearing in one shade while the upper part is done in another. Kindergarten and second-grade rooms are finished in light green and rose while light and dark green is the color combination for the first grade. Third year students can rest their eyes on walls done in canary yellow and dark green. To top off the rooms, rose and yellow marbleized tile floors have been installed. With all this, teachers may find it hard to keep students' eyes glued to the task of book learning.