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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Ottawa Township High School is an above average, public school located in Ottawa, IL. It has 1,303 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 34% in reading.
211 E Main St
Ottawa, IL 61350
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
34%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1160
77 responses
Average ACT
26
113 responses
AP Enrollment
15%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$50,437
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$782
National
$949
Median Home Value
$131,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
40%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 45 responses
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  • Roothog or die
    22%
  • Fine Arts Festival and the Big 12 Art Competition
    20%
  • OTHS Band winning the State Champions title
    18%
  • Graduation
    13%
  • Band walking through the halls before homecoming
    11%
  • OTHS Choir winning State
    11%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,303
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,012
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.2%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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I thoroughly enjoyed the clubs and activities I was involved in at OTHS. They offered a very diverse variety of opportunities for students and most sponsors were dedicated and involved.
Regarding academics, I was disappointed at the lack of STEM and coding opportunities, but I feel that most of my coursework prepared me fairly well for college. There were several excellent, involved teachers who would go out of their way to help students, but unfortunately, also others who were clearly just phoning it in.
Overall I felt that many teachers had a fixed mindset regarding education and were not willing/able to think outside the box to relate to their students. As a result, graduation seemed impersonal and systematic rather than a final celebration of our accomplishments. I'll miss some things about OHS, but I'm happy to be off to bigger and better things!
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Overall, my experience at Ottawa Township High School has been good. The teachers are dedicated and will help you if you have any problems. Additionally, the school counselors go above and beyond to help students who are struggling with school or anything else. Not only are STEM programs strong, but the arts programs are flourishing as well, which is difficult to come by. Although diversity among students is lacking a little, the variety of clubs and activities is growing. There is something for everyone. The only thing that could be improved is the air conditioning, which only exists in parts of the buildings.
Ottawa is somewhat hard to adjust to at first if you come from a smaller grade school, however there are lots of things to get involved in to meet new people. You can also meet lots of new people in your classes. Ottawa is usually pretty enjoyable and fun, (sometimes depending on the class and teacher). Lunch is quite overpriced. I recommend taking honors classes, they're somewhat challenging but you will not regret it, if you take a many honors classes you will create close bonds with others that choose the same path, as you will likely have a lot of classes together. Most teachers are nice and willing to help before and/or after school.