Quality of Life | Education
Students in Ottawa have one of the best educational programs in the state. Residents generously support the school systems and encourage excellence in education
An elementary school district, a high school district, a parochial high school, and two parochial elementary schools administer to the education needs in Ottawa. Ottawa Elementary District 141 operates five school buildings and has a total enrollment of more than 2,270 students.
The curriculum focuses on the basics of reading, math, and social studies. There is also instruction in art, music, and physical education.
Most classrooms in the four elementary schools are computer equipped. Shepherd Middle School has two computer labs and all district students use its planetarium as part of the science curriculum. Shepherd was designated a "Blue Ribbon" middle school by the Department of Education in 1998.
District 141 offers a select program for gifted and talented students and provides special education programming for the developmentally challenged. Extracurricular activities provided include intramural boys and girls’ softball, basketball, and volleyball.
Two Catholic elementary schools and a Catholic high school are options for students. Marquette High School enrolls about 270 students who choose from more than 80 academic and business courses. More than 90 percent continue on to a college or university education.
Over the past eight years, the school has had 62 Illinois State Scholars, seven National Merit Commended Students, and two National Merit Scholars.
Ottawa High School