Plans and Reports

The Ottawa Area ISD works collaboratively with schools and communities to meet the educational needs of students in the Ottawa area. By pooling resources and providing services regionally, we provide important programs and services to local K-12 school districts and charter, parochial and private schools in the most cost-effective ways possible.

Special Education

Preschool Autism Program - A regional delivery system of programming for children with autism began operating in 2005-06 at local school sites throughout Ottawa County.

Programs for Students with Cognitive & Physical Impairments - The Ottawa Area Center (OAC) is a center-based program for students from birth to age 26 with significant cognitive and physical impairments. 

OAC also offers community-based instruction (CBI) programs which allow older students with cognitive impairments the opportunity to learn independent living skills, social skills, and participate in supervised employment in their resident community. The CBI programs are located in Holland, Hudsonville, Grand Haven and Zeeland.

Programs for Students with Emotional Impairments and Behavioral Issues - Students who are at-risk educationally due to emotional impairments or behavioral issues are served through three highly specialized programs - Sheldon Pines School, the Juvenile Services Center and the Juvenile Justice Institute. Together, these programs save local districts thousands of dollars in specialized programming each year, and offer at-risk students the possibility of a bright future. 

Students who fail to attend school or who are expelled from schools in the Ottawa Area are especially at risk in their educational development. Through the OAISD truancy referral system, students and their families receive support and guidance regarding the importance of school attendance. 

Career/Tech Education

Programs for High School Students - The Careerline Tech Center offers career and technical programs for high school juniors and seniors. Students who complete a program receive credit toward graduation at their local high school. Many programs offer options to earn college credit and job-specific certifications.

OAISD staff members provide leadership and consultation to local school districts in a number of areas including:

  • Articulated College Credit
  • Educational Development Plans
  • Career Assessment
  • Career Planning and Placement
  • National and State Certification Prep

National Career Readiness - OAISD staff members work with middle and high schools throughout West Michigan to help students to prepare for and receive the National Career Readiness Certificate prior to graduation. The certificate validates that an individual has certain essential skills important across a range of jobs, employers, job seekers, economic developers, and educators can use the certificate as a common language to improve the quality of the workforce. The skill levels are meaningful to both educators and employers and are nationally recognized.

Programs and Training for Adult Students and Businesses - The Patrick A. Thompson Michigan Technical Education Cetner (M-TEC) is a collaboration between Ottawa Area ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to provide adult career and technical training to individuals and companies in the heart of the Ottawa area. M-TEC offers open entry/open exits courses, traditional courses, college credit and non-college credit courses, as well as customized training and workshops.

Instructional Services

The Instructional Services Department provides technical assistance, professional development, and support to area districts and educators. The consultants in this department are available to provide direct assistance to districts and staff. 

Early Childhood Services for Families - Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a free and voluntary early learning program for parents with children birth to three years of age. The program provides family support including: parent education, child development, development screening, playgroups and service coordination to link families to other available services.

Professional Learning Experiences - The Midwest Brain and Learning Institute (MBLI), a partnership between Ottawa Area ISD and Hope College, provides an opportunity for local educators to learn about brain compatible instruction from nationally-known educators and neuroscientists. This is one of several conferences and worshops that provide instructional support to local school educators.