live here Education and Child Care

Top-ranked schools with options for your family.

Iowa consistently ranks in the top five states in the nation on standardized achievement tests, and test scores here in Dubuque consistently rank above both the national and state averages.

Primary Education (K-12)

The greater Dubuque area boasts top-rated private and public schools.

Valuing education at every level, our district offers programs from child readiness to community college and adult degree programs.

Public Schools

Dubuque Community School District (Pre-K–12)

Thirteen elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools and the Alternative Learning Center

Private Schools - Cascade, Iowa

Aquin Catholic School (Pre-K-8)
One elementary and middle school

Private Schools -  Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque Lutheran School (K–5)
One elementary school

Holy Family Catholic Schools (Pre-K–12)
Four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school plus Spanish immersion elementary school

Tri-State Christian School (K-12)
One elementary and high school

Private Schools - Dyersville, Iowa

Dyersville Beckman (7-12)
One junior high and one high school

Xavier Catholic School (Pre-K-6)
One elementary school

Private Schools - Holy Cross, Iowa

LaSalle Catholic School (Pre-K-6)
One elementary school

Private Schools - Peosta & Farley, Iowa

Seton Catholic School (Pre-K-8)
Two elementary schools and one middle school

Higher Education

The Greater Dubuque area is home to five colleges and universities, as well as a number of community /technical colleges and seminaries.

These institutions contribute to the cultural fabric of the community with events and offerings for area residents. They also serve the educational needs of area adults and businesses through corporate training programs, adult degree programs, graduate degree programs, and non-traditional course delivery.

Voluntary Preschool Program

In the state of Iowa, children receive ten hours of free preschool per week.

Child Care Resource and Referral serves providers, families and communities while striving to improve the quality of care for Iowa's children.

  • No financial restrictions or preconditions
  • This is for ALL four-year-olds
  • Offering scholarships for three and four year placements.

For more information, please contact Child Care Resource and Referral toll-free at 855-299-0499 or online at the link below.

CCR&R Website