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Ottumwa Community School District is a public school district located in Ottumwa, IA. It has 4,883 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
About Ottumwa Community School District...
Address
1112 N Van Buren
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Telephone
(641) 684-6597
Website

Ottumwa Community School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1120
9 responses
Average ACT
24
95 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,883
Free or Reduced Lunch
43.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,360
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$55,571,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,043/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    5%

Ottumwa Community School District Reviews

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I love how much pride our teachers and principal take in our school and students! They are very welcoming to those who join our community and the students have positive attitudes towards others. They definitely enjoy and encourage diversity as we held an entire diversity assembly last year to help students feel represented and validated. The janitors and maintenance staff are always happy to help out students even if it’s not their place, they work hard and always have big smiles! However, I would like to see some staff be better role models. There have been times when teachers have been late to class because of gossip, they don’t follow dress code and miss out on important days such as presentations. While it is vital for students to follow the same guidelines, the same effect should be the same for staff. Respect goes both ways and I feel that students should be heard, at times there are circumstances where the adult needs to listen rather than shut down a student immediately.
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After attending school in Ottumwa School District for all 12 years of my education, I feel like the district honestly deserves a 4. Before the new superintendent, and new high school Pricipal were introduced, I would have given the district a 5 in a heartbeat. Since that time, I would only feel comfortable giving a 2-3 star rating, so they even out to about 4. With the administration changes over the past two years, the entire district has gone down hill, decreased safety, unorganized discipline, wrongful administrations movement, and a decreasing care for students- but an increase in graduation rate (interesting how those are connected). In the state of the district, administration, and board right now, I would not want to teach, or have a child in the district, but 2+ years ago, and hopefully in the future, I would be pleased to send my child, or apply myself to a position in the Ottumwa District.
Ottumwa High School has very friendly teachers. They are always looking out for students no matter where they come from or how smart they are. The teachers are always there to help students, and never give up on anyone. Personally I would change some of the specific on sports. Ottumwa is a very populated area for Southeast Iowa, and although it is a big school, there are no students who are athletes. It's not that there aren't people trying out for sports, it's that they don't commit and aren't capable of doing things coaches expect. People always wonder why Ottumwa loses a lot of the sporting events, it's because they play such better teams than they can. Personally i played volleyball for the last four years there and I have experienced it myself. As a team, we were around the same ability as some lower level schools, which were still a challenge to beat.