Ottawa Elementary District 141 operates five schools for approximately 2,100 students in grades PreK-8. Three K-4 schools are operated in various sections of the city. Central School serves all students in grades 5-6 and Shepherd Middle School serves all students in grades 7-8.
A well-rounded program is offered to students including special teachers in elementary art, music and physical education. Band programs are available for students beginning in the summer before 4th grade. There is also a parochial grade school in the city. Marquette Academy (PreK -12) located in Ottawa. They likewise enjoy excellent reputations among the citizens of the area. The parochial and public schools have an excellent working relationship and services are shared whenever possible. Ottawa takes PRIDE in its excellent schools. Education is Ottawa's investment in the future and the District's staff has worked hard to assure citizens that their investment has been a wise and profitable one.