West Ottawa Public Schools was recently ranked by Niche.com as the Best Public School District in Ottawa County and has been a recipient of U.S. News and World Report “Best High Schools” Silver Award for 7 consecutive years! Along with our award-winning high school programs, we offer world class educational experiences among our eight elementary schools and two middle school campuses. West Ottawa rounds out the educational experience with renowned vocal, instrumental, performing and visual arts opportunities as well as excellent athletic programs.
#1 PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN OTTAWA COUNTY
CONTEXT AND PERFORMANCE REPORT CARD - MACKINAC CENTER 2018, & Niche Report 2020
#1 PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN OTTAWA COUNTY
NICHE BEST SCHOOLS RANKINGS, 2020
#4 IN TOP 10 PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN WEST MICHIGAN
NICHE BEST SCHOOLS RANKINGS, 2019
#10 SAFEST DISTRICTS IN MICHIGAN
NICHE BEST SCHOOLS RANKINGS, 2018
5 CLASS OF 2019 “NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS”
10 TOTAL AWARDED IN OTTAWA COUNTY
36 AP & IB COURSES OFFERED
47 VISUAL, PERFORMING, AND APPLIED ARTS PROGRAMS OFFERED
95% GRADUATION RATE
West Ottawa Public Schools spans through 69 square miles in Ottawa County. Our district has a population over 44,000 residents, supported by 12 schools. The western edge of our district borders the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Holland, Michigan is located 30 minutes southwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 2.5 hours northeast of Chicago, Illinois.
Parental involvement is a highly valued component to a well-rounded educational experience for students. At West Ottawa Public Schools parents can plug into their child’s education in many ways. We offer volunteer outreach opportunities, parent advisory boards, and extracurricular activities as a few ways to get involved! We encourage you to connect with your child’s teacher and principal to learn how you can become involved to help prepare all children to become college, career, and life ready!
Our family has chosen West Ottawa for the diversity in the student body, caring, knowledgeable, and passionate teachers, and the wide range of academic classes that are available for all levels of students. We have been especially impressed with WO's top-notch performing arts program that challenges our kids to pursue excellence in the arts while also giving them a creative outlet and great friendships.Lisa Kephart
We have three graduates of West Ottawa Public Schools, and another who will graduate in 2021. Three things that stand out about West Ottawa for us is the academic preparation each has received, the space and opportunities to explore their interests, and the diverse group of friends they made. At every level through their West Ottawa experience, we have stories of teachers, administrators and staff going the extra mile to connect with our kids.Scott and Jenny Patchin