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Engage. Educate. Empower.

Our students are provided with an engaging learning environment that helps them grow academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. From preschool through graduation, we offer a range of experienes to support the needs of every student. These varied experiences, from academics, club and organizations, to athletics, put our students on a path that leads to future careers, hobbies, or simply provides an opportunity to give back to their community. 

We build pride in being part of the Bulldog Nation every day through classroom, school, and district celebrations. 

Opportunities at Ottumwa High School include:  AP courses, Al Exito, Art Club, Band, Cheerleading, English Learner program, National Honor Society, Silver Cord recognition for community service, Large/Small Group Speech, sports, Trap Shooting, Archery, Show Choir, Student Council, Yearbook, Talented and Gifted, etc.

Opportunities at Evans Middle School include:  Al Exito, English Learner program, band, orchestra, choir, sports, Talented and Gifted, Chess Club, Math Counts, History Day competition, school plays, FIRST LEGO League, Future Cities, etc.

Opportunities at Pickwick Early Childhood Center and our six elementary schools include:  Guidance counseling services, Family Service Workers, Title I Reading, Talented and Gifted, youth sports teams, Foster Grandparent Program, Reading Buddies, English Learner program, etc.

Ottumwa has Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways in business, construction, food, health, early childhood, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). These pathways prepare students for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) postsecondary education programs and careers. A new initiative, SparkTank, partners with the community to provide authentic opportunities for our students in engineering, communications, business, and 

Open Enrollment Information 

2023-2024 Open Enrollment Application - To View Click Here

Open enrollment is when parents residing in one Iowa district enroll their children into another Iowa school district.

Parents of kindergarten students wishing to open enroll their student must make application to both districts on or before September 1 of the school year in which open enrollment is requested. Parents of other students wishing to open enroll must apply prior to March 1 for the upcoming school year. Applications after March 1 will only be accepted if they meet the good cause provisions as defined by the 281 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 17 or if the student is entering kindergarten. Students may also face possible loss of athletic eligibility through the open enrollment process.

Parents with questions are asked to contact the Welcome Center at 641-684-6559 or [email protected]