Phone: (616) 786-2050

About West Ottawa

Welcome to West Ottawa Public Schools!

Dedicated, Diverse, Driven – Meet Our District

Guided by a visionary Board of Education, West Ottawa works diligently to meet the goals of our district – and the high standards of our educators, parents and community:

  • Increase student achievement for all students as measured by the accountability scorecard
  • Attract and retain students and staff as measured by retention rates
  • Efficient and effective use of district resources as measured by:  1) beating the county per pupil average in all major non-instructional expense areas, and 2) maintaining a fund balance of 15% of the annual expense in the General and Food Service Funds

Teamwork Makes It All Possible

We’re blessed with a stellar team of dedicated teachers and support staff, tireless parent volunteers, talented students and enthusiastic community members. As our district grows, so does their combined energy – their commitment and care is boundless and bountiful. And it inspires us every day.

What To Know About West Ottawa

District Area: 69 square miles (Ottawa County)
District Population: 44,000+
Number of Schools: 12 Total

Educational Opportunities

West Ottawa schools have some of the best programs in the state of Michigan for your student to become College, Career and Life Ready!

Schools at a Glance

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It is the mission of the West Ottawa Public Schools to facilitate the quality preschool needs of the children and families we serve by implementing a safe, consistent learning environment, which enables intellectual, social, and physical growth for present and future students.  West Ottawa offers the following preschool programs:  Read more

Elementary Schools

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Great Lakes Elementary School . . .Energy Star Logo

  • earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification in 2016.  It’s energy score is 97 out of 100.  Great Lakes used only 56% as much energy as the median school.
  • made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) status for 11 consecutive years.

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Watch the video below for the Great Lakes story.

Lakeshore Elementary School . . .Eagle CMYK Editable Date

  • earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification in 2016.  It’s energy score is 88 out of 100.  Great Lakes used only 68% as much energy as the median school.
  • is one of 8 in Michigan and 337 nationwide to be named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education in September of 2014.  Lakeshore was named as an Exemplary High Performing School, and as such was judged among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance also must be at the highest levels to receive the award of excellence. Schools can also receive the award for narrowing achievement gaps.
  • Lakeshore and Lakewood elementary schools were both identified as High Performing schools while Lakeshore also earned Beating the Odds School designation in the 2014-2105 school year. They were among 330 of the 3,361 schools in Michigan who met the criteria to be Reward Schools.  Lakeshore also was awarded a ‘Reward School‘ status from the Michigan Department of Education in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.
  • was identified by the Michigan Department of Education as “Beating the Odds” in 2010-2011, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. This program recognizes Michigan schools that are finding ways to overcome identifiable risk factors associated with low student achievement, such as economic status, race and ethnicity, or proficiency with the English language.
  • houses West Ottawa’s Spanish Immersion program.
  • made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in both English Language Arts and Math.

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Watch the video below for Lakeshore’s story of academic accolades, pleased parents and thriving students.

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Lakewood Elementary School . . .

  • earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification in 2016.  It’s energy score is 96 out of 100.  Great Lakes used only 56% as much energy as the median school.
  • was identified as High Performing school in 2014-2015. Lakewood (along with Lakeshore) were among 330 of the 3,361 schools in Michigan that met the criteria to be Reward Schools.
  • has a SAIL (Students Accelerating in Learning) program which provides accelerated reading and writing for third through fifth graders and offers an advanced math class in fifth grade.
  • made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in both English Language Arts and Math.

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The following video tells the Lakewood story of advanced academic opportunities and welcoming each and every student into a nurturing environment.

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North Holland Elementary School . . .

  • made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in both English Language Arts and Math.


Watch the video below which highlights North Holland students and the pride they take in their school.

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Pine Creek Elementary School . . .GreenSchoolLogo-trees-200x225

  • has been identified by the Michigan Department of Education as “Beating the Odds.” This program recognizes Michigan schools that are finding ways to overcome identifiable risk factors associated with low student achievement, such as economic status, race and ethnicity, or proficiency with the English language. 
  • is proud to be recognized as a “Green School” by the Michigan Green Schools Foundation.
  • made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in both English Language Arts and Math.

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Sheldon Woods Elementary School . . .

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  • received a “green” status in reading, math, science, and social studies on the Michigan School Accountability Score Card for the 2012-2013 school year.  “Green” status mean Sheldon Woods Elementary School earned 85% or greater of possible points under the Scorecard’s point system.
  • made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in both English Language Arts and Math.
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Waukazoo Elementary School . . .

What makes Waukazoo so special?  Watch the video below that Waukazoo students, staff and parents worked on to answer this question.

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Woodside Elementary School . . .

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  • made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in both English Language Arts and Math.
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Middle Schools

Programs Include:

  • Accelerated course work in the four core areas at each grade level for high school credits
  • Spanish Immersion at Harbor Lights Middle School
  • Harbor Highlights, a student news program at Harbor Lights Middle School
  • Foreign language – French & Spanish
  • National Geography and Spelling Bee Competitions
  • “Math Counts” competition team
  • Award winning music programming
  • Month of Caring at Macatawa Bay Middle School

Harbor Lights Middle School . . .

  • Spanish Immersion at Harbor Lights Middle School
  • Harbor Highlights, a student news program at Harbor Lights Middle School
  • made AYP in both English Language Arts and Math

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Macatawa Bay Middle School . . .

  • Month of Caring
  • made AYP in both English Language Arts and Math

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West Ottawa High School


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West Ottawa High School . . .

  • is the only International Baccalaureate (IB) World School on the lakeshore; 15 IB course options
  • provides 20 Advanced Placement course options
  • has above-average Advanced Placement participation and scores
  • features 12 curricular departments with nearly 200 course offerings
  • is ranked in the top 4% of all high schools in Michigan
  • provides 28 varsity athletic teams in the highly competitive OK Red Conference
  • offers 30+ extra-curricular options open to all students.  For a complete list, visit our WOHS Clubs website.
  • offers highly ranked Science Olympiad and FIRST Robotics programs
  • has been recognized for its excellence in the Performing Arts as a 5-time Grammy Foundation Signature School finalist – winning this prestigious award in 2007

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Which School Will My Child Attend?

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:  ATTENDANCE AREA MAP

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FEEDER SCHOOL PLAN

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Attending a School Other Than Your Assigned School

Parents of resident students may request that their child attend a school outside their attendance area by completing an Internal School of Choice Application form. Please visit Enrollment Information for more information and to download the necessary enrollment forms.

 

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