Owen County citizens experience the best and highest ranking education and learning resources the state of Indiana has to offer. Through years of hard work and legislation, many school system improvements have been made, to the benefit of every student in the area.
Owen Valley High School has received an A accountability grade from the Indiana Department of Education for two years running. The graduation rate in 2015 was 93.1% among both economically advantaged and disadvantaged students, and the attendance rate exceeded 93%. Owen Valley High School has significantly more teachers with over 20 years of experience than its counterparts in Bloomington, and significantly less teachers with less than 2 years of experience as compared to Bloomington high schools. Studies have found that for teachers, experience really does matter. The National Assessment of Educational Progress ranks the 4th grade percent or proficiency in math at 50%, significantly better than than the national average of 40%. It ranks reading levels at 40%, which is significantly better than the national average of 36%.
Learning resources include the Owen County Public Library, where you will find a wealth of information and programs for every age, as well as the Head Start program. Head Start offers your child an excellent beginning with its focus on interests, learning styles, and developmental needs. Our residents have the option of touring state parks, local farms through the Purdue Extension, and higher education close by, including Indiana University, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, and St. Mary of the Woods College.
Experiencing rural life while beginning and continuing education and acquiring knowledge throughout one’s life is a major component of living in Owen County. Our communities take pride in remaining competitive and relevant with regard to learning at every stage of life.