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Ottumwa Christian School

Private | PK-1, 3-4, 6-12 | 119 students

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $60,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $624.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted August 26, 2013

My school is growing and thriving in spite of being a small private school. The teachers are friendly and dedicated to give the students the whatever attention they need to further their learning experience. Often the teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish this. What makes our school so special is the family atmosphere. Our school is successful due to the cooperation among/between teachers, students, parents, grandparents, and many volunteers from the community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2013

OCS has been such a blessing to my children, my husband and myself. Their teachers genuinely care about them and are teaching them 'the love of learning'. It is a close knit community of beleivers that have the same goal-to learn in a safe, loving environment where God is exalted!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

I have been very pleased with the caring and loving attitude of the Ottumwa Christian School. They work with less, but they give MORE than any organization I have been involved with. My child has never been so confident in himself and his academic ablilities due to the help of the teachers and curriculum that is higher than the public schools. The smaller class sizes have been a huge benefit as well. Our first year at OCS has given us the opportunity to meet great Christian people, get involved in supporting our child's school and a family atmosphere. There is always someone willing to help with whatever your need may be and we appreciate the daily communication that the teachers give. The OCS staff deserve big pats on the back for all their hard work and dedication! I would recommend this school to anyone looking for more one on one involvement with your children academically and Christian morals and beliefs taught on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

I have two students who attend the Ottumwa Christian School. I am very pleased with the school. Class sizes are not to large giving teachers more one on one time with each student. Teachers are very caring and compassionate to their students. The have a excellent curriculum. Overall I would say that OCS is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

As a Christian school, we expect patience,love and understanding throughout the year by the faculty. Teenagers can be trying and I do not feel or see the Christian stance or attitude taken at this school. There are multiple denominations represented at this school which we find as confusing for the pupils as there are many different views expressed by the teaching staff. The school doctrine is not followed as promised. Pupil enrollement has dropped drastically in the past few years. You will see 1/2 priced tuition for the next year. You will be asked to donate everytime there is a function, the school will need it. We have struggled for years barley making it on full tuition. No sports supported by board or leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2007

This school is outstanding in the academic structure they present to students. Our granddaughter, in 1st grade, could write cursive as well as her older sister, who is in high school. The curriculum is geared for more advanced learners, but teachers work well with all levels of student performance. There are many activities parents and children can get involved in. It is small enough to create a family environment within the teacher/student census, but is large enough to allow for a quality of education that I feel is higher than that offered by the public school. Christian values and ethics are also a part of each student's learning. I am thankful for such an outstanding educational facility in Ottumwa, Iowa. This is a top-rate school with very dedicated and caring teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


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We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 86%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Indian Hills Community College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Arnie VanWardhuizen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (641) 683-1084

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • AEA
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Where the heart of education is the education of the heart.
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How to apply

Does this school have an application or enrollment process?
 

No

Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Indian Hills Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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458 N Ct
Ottumwa, IA 52501
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Phone: (641) 683-9119

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