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Otsego’s Vision is “Expect Excellence” and we believe that all students can excel. We are focused on creating well-rounded individuals who are college, career and community ready.

Otsego Public Schools educates more than 2300 students in three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and an alternative high school. Otsego is also home to a unique nature-based preschool building, the Learn ‘n Grow Early Childhood Education Center, and began its own virtual school, Otsego Virtual Academy, in the fall of 2021.

Technology is strategic and focused at Otsego. Otsego is now a 1:1 technology district implementing a device for each student that will transform our teaching and learning. With a wireless campus, our teachers find new ways to engage our students in their courses with technology. As trends change, we seek ways to incorporate new tools in our students’ learning. Otsego offers a variety of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) opportunities in and out of the classroom.

Research is a driving force behind our teaching methods and educational strategies that, we feel, sets our students apart. Innovative language and literacy programs along with increased physical activity programs are direct implementations of that research. Otsego is consistently among the top area schools in student achievement ranking above the state average. Otsego has received five Excellence in Education awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB.)

Along with the core subjects, elementary students take art, music, technology, Spanish, health and physical education each week. Those continue into middle school along with engineering, choir and band. Extra-curricular activities embrace a variety of student interests across all grade levels from art and robotics to writing and physical activity. Our focus on literacy is year-round with the addition of the Bulldogs Bookin’ Bus mobile library, on the road since the summer of 2017.

Above all, the culture and climate throughout the district is one of caring, concern and compassion. We know that building strong relationships with the individual student strengthens their educational experience and performance. All staff are trained in Capturing Kids’ Hearts, a national program that aims to help students achieve a higher level of learning through the simple concept of caring. Four of our buildings were named National Showcase Schools for 2021-22.

Our community is an integral part of an Otsego education. Students participate in, and initiate community service activities at each grade level collecting food, toys, donating blood and raising money for various causes.

In Otsego, we are committed to your child’s education and success! Expect Excellence.


Otsego Public Schools is a student-centered learning community empowering every individual to achieve excellence.

1892 Ward School
1892 Ward School
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