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About This School

Central Intermediate School is a public middle school in Ottawa. The principal of Central Intermediate School is Jama Wahl. 480 students go to Central Intermediate School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Central Intermediate School students are "limited in English proficiency." 36% of the 480 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 45% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Central Intermediate School is 12:1. Marquette Elementary is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 84%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 12% 7%
Asian 1.0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 41%
Limited English proficiency 2% 2%
Economically disadvantaged 36% 38%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    my daughter came from another school and required xtra help in reading and math. they tested her and said she didn't . i had her tested and she does. i have to pay someone to tutor her now and they try with the bullying but it doesn't work. the parents of these brats just don't get it. they ruin school for many.

  • (3 years ago)

    Central has an excellent principal and offers an exceptional D.A.R.E. program. The majority of the teachers are dedicated to the education of their students. There are a few who are less than enthusiastic but all in all I am happy with the staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    They went through some hard times during the flooding and manage to keep a positive outlook and kept children in school by splitting them into groups and finding temporary placements at local church & Shepherd jr. high school

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is doing excellent at Central School. The principal is wonderful and so are her teachers. I wish I could say that for the superintendent. He needs to be replaced! The moral of the school is very low since he came aboard. Hopefully things can change for the better before my other 2 girls start elementary school.

  • (5 years ago)

    excellent communications between staff and parents. Strong teaching staff - great attitude in spades

  • (6 years ago)

    We recently moved into the are and compared to the wealthy school district we just came from my daughter has made geat strides in the Special Education program at Central school. She is meeting her benchmarks and already has made vast improvement. This program is far more efficient from what was offered in the DuPage area. My daughter who is in 5th grade is currently reading at 1 1 reading level no thanks to the lack of researched based reading instruction at her last school. I was very suprised that a rural school district would have a better SE program than it's weathier counter parts. I guess it all depends on school funding politics.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had several years of experience with Central school. My son went there for two years and now my daughter does. I didn't have any problems with my son and everything went great. My daughter is a whole other matter. I believe that the teachers are not educated enough to help children with disabilities. Especially children within the Autism Spectrum. I have went around and around with the school to get better help for my child and although the Special Ed. teacher is wonderful things that should be accomplished aren't being done. I am not saying the school is terrible I just think the system needs some work and teachers should treat children with disabilities a little more fairly and with more understanding.

  • (8 years ago)

    In fifth grade our son never has homework gets two recesses and a long lunch. The school day is minimally long enough to be within the law. The teacher he has doesn't seem to care. Very poor.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am not very happy with the school guidelines I know the school itself does not make up the rules but I am disturbed that this school has made such an issue on my daughter wearing a nose ring that has been in place all year long. As well as telling my daughter she can not wear makeup. they are making a mountain out of a mole hill. When you have some real issues you need to worry about.

  • (10 years ago)

    I consider Central Elementary to be a great school. All my four children have gone there. Central School has alot to offer and the kids and their needs are always well attended. It has a very caring principal and she does a great job running the school.

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