Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Ottawa Township High School

Public | 9-12

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
No new ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

7 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted May 8, 2014

My school is... well where do i begin? The teachers don't do their jobs with a few exceptions, Everyone seems to hate one another, and administrators cut classes and give themselves raises. 0/10 school sucks. go pirates!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2007

A classic case of 'don't judge a book by its cover.' The grounds and facilities are very good but the leadership has very low acedemic standards. The young superintendent and principal seem to be in over their head.


Posted October 4, 2006

While certain teachers excel, and go above and beyond the call of duty, I would describe this school as unsatisfactory overall. Coaches are focused on their teams over their classes. Small town politics are definitely in place. It is difficult to discuss specific issues with the school because often phone calls are not returned to parents/students. I am sorry that I did not move out of the district before my children entered this school or at least found a way to make the private school option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2006

The amount of politics involved with the administration and extracurricular activities is extraordinarily outrageous. The staff should be more concerned about the students' education and potential to succeed instead of concentrating on the negative aspects of individual students. Yes, the music program is great but the state testing scores reveal how academically motivated the system is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2006

Good safe school. Math department is poor and needs to be reorganized. The music program is great. The same effort in math and science could turn this school around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Great school! Amazing music program! I went on to college and found I was more than well prepared. However, many of my class mates were able to go in to several different fields and trade schools. Ottawa High School is very diverse in it acidemic opertunities. Almost all of the teaches have masters degree's in their area of study. It is also located in a nice safe area.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 24, 2005

An amazingly poor academic institution based upon my one year experience within its walls. The school is simply a microcosm of all the negative aspects of Ottawa with drugs, violence, intimidation, and total lack of respect for the teachers. Many students are intimidated and typical small town politics are the norm. I would never send my kids to this school. In fact, one year was enough to prove it necessary to leave this town and its poor academics behind. They say that you can judge the worth of a town by its commitment to education. If this is true, Ottawa is a very poor choice for those wanting their children to succeed.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students49%
Female47%
Male51%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial42%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Low income22%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female61%
Male49%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income26%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female43%
Male50%
Black8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracial33%
Native Americann/a
White51%
Low income21%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
Average

Test score rating
College readiness rating

1-3 Below Average

4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

College readiness rating 20132What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

81.4%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 51%
Hispanic 9% 24%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Michael Cushing

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

211 East Main Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: (815) 433-1323

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT