Welcome to Maquoketa, a community of approximately 6000 people, located 30 miles south of Dubuque, IA, 35 miles north of the Quad Cites (Davenport, IA, Bettendorf, IA, Moline, IL, and East Moline, IL), 50 miles east of Cedar Rapids, IA, and only three and a half hours west of Chicago! We are right in the middle of it all! The Maquoketa School District serves approximately 1425 student in grades Pk-12.  We have four attendance centers throughout the district.


High School  9-12
Maquoketa High School is a four year high school with a current enrollment of approximately 620 students. Our high school has recently had two major construction projects completed. Phase I was completed spring of 2005 where we added 8 new classrooms including two new science classrooms and labs along with two modern art classrooms including a dark room. Phase II of the school improvements was completed in the fall of 2008, where a new entrance was added, in addition to new administrative offices and commons area. This phase of improvements also included a new state of the art “pit style” competition gymnasium with a seating capacity exceeding 1650, a new state of the art weight room, new wrestling room, training room, and locker room facilities.

Our faculty consists of 50 instructional staff members and two administrative personnel!

Here at Maquoketa High School we promote Cardinal Culture through high expectations of our 9th-12th graders. Students should not be expected to take the same path, and at MHS we want to prepare students for all challenges they may face in life whether that is earning a technical certificate in welding, a 4-year degree, or just paying taxes. Supporting our students comes first, and with over 150 course offerings and plenty of extracurricular and service organizations, students have the opportunity to develop the skills for the path they want to take.


Middle School  6-8

Maquoketa Middle School prides itself on the creation of ever curious students. We serve students in grades 6-8. We use programs like our Free Reading Zone as a way to foster curiosity and love of reading among our students. We are dedicated to the positive Cardinal Culture with our school-wide “Be a CARD” program which promotes good behavior, sportsmanship, and a friendly atmosphere around the campus.


Briggs Elementary  3-5

At Briggs Elementary, our teachers serve as models and leaders for our students from grades 3rd through 5th. Teachers collaborate every week so that we can better meet the needs of our diverse learners. While no two students are the same, all students deserve an engaging environment to explore science, global issues, and develop learning skills that will last a lifetime.


Cardinal Elementary  PK-2

Cardinal Elementary serves students entering pre-k through 2nd grade. This is an important time in your child’s development of writing and language skills. Cardinal Elementary provides a safe place for your child to develop those skills and explore learning in a fun way. We look forward to you joining our Cardinal family soon!

Maquoketa Community Schools
612 South Vermont Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Phone: 563-652-4984