School Details

Ottawa Township High School

211 East Main Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433-1323

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1405 students 16 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ottawa Twp Hsd 140 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ottawa Township High School is a public high school in Ottawa. The principal of Ottawa Township High School is Mr. Michael Cushing. 1,405 students attend Ottawa Township High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.5% of the Ottawa Township High School students have "limited English proficiency." 13% of the 1,405 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 27% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ottawa Township High School is 16:1. Marquette High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 85% 85%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Asian 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 27%
Limited English proficiency 0.5% 2%
Economically disadvantaged 13% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is... well where do i begin? The teachers don't do their jobs with a few exceptions Everyone seems to hate one another and administrators cut classes and give themselves raises. 0/10 school sucks. go pirates!

  • (7 years ago)

    A classic case of 'don't judge a book by its cover.' The grounds and facilities are very good but the leadership has very low acedemic standards. The young superintendent and principal seem to be in over their head.

  • (8 years ago)

    While certain teachers excel and go above and beyond the call of duty I would describe this school as unsatisfactory overall. Coaches are focused on their teams over their classes. Small town politics are definitely in place. It is difficult to discuss specific issues with the school because often phone calls are not returned to parents/students. I am sorry that I did not move out of the district before my children entered this school or at least found a way to make the private school option.

  • (8 years ago)

    The amount of politics involved with the administration and extracurricular activities is extraordinarily outrageous. The staff should be more concerned about the students' education and potential to succeed instead of concentrating on the negative aspects of individual students. Yes the music program is great but the state testing scores reveal how academically motivated the system is.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good safe school. Math department is poor and needs to be reorganized. The music program is great. The same effort in math and science could turn this school around.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school! Amazing music program! I went on to college and found I was more than well prepared. However many of my class mates were able to go in to several different fields and trade schools. Ottawa High School is very diverse in it acidemic opertunities. Almost all of the teaches have masters degree's in their area of study. It is also located in a nice safe area.

  • (9 years ago)

    An amazingly poor academic institution based upon my one year experience within its walls. The school is simply a microcosm of all the negative aspects of Ottawa with drugs violence intimidation and total lack of respect for the teachers. Many students are intimidated and typical small town politics are the norm. I would never send my kids to this school. In fact one year was enough to prove it necessary to leave this town and its poor academics behind. They say that you can judge the worth of a town by its commitment to education. If this is true Ottawa is a very poor choice for those wanting their children to succeed.

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(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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