Learning the Fundamentals
Crawford County residents highly value education and the opportunities it offers. Whether it’s primary, secondary or post-secondary education, Crawford County has many options available.
The AR-WE-VA School District is a consolidated school district that includes the communities of Arcadia, Westside and Vail. Offering Pre-K through 12th grade education, AR-WE-VA has a full curriculum with arts and sports programs.
The Charter Oak-Ute (CO-U) School District offers a curriculum including pre-school through 12th grade. Its students are active in academics, the arts, sports, band and vocal music.
The Denison-Schleswig School District’s mission is to, in partnership with the family and community, provide a curriculum that is challenging, and fosters an attitude of lifelong learning. As well as primary and junior high schools in Denison, the community of Schleswig also maintains a kindergarten through 8th grade program. Denison is the home of the Iowa High School Academic Decathlon and its students have been recognized for achievements in academics, the arts, drama, band, and athletics.
The Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla (IKM) School District covers the southern portion of Crawford County. IKM provides a well-rounded education for students from Pre-K through 12th grade. IKM Schools have long been recognized for quality educational and sports programs.
Area Private/Parochial Schools
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is open to all Catholic students as well as those from all other faith practices, pre-school to 6th grade.
Zion Lutheran School, associated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, operates a parochial Christian Day School for students from pre-school through grade eight.
Community Preschool, Denison
Our Savior Open Arms Pre-School, Denison
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Denison
Zion Lutheran Pre-School, Denison
Buena Vista University allows people to work while continuing their education in Denison for a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Management, Human Services, Elementary Education, and Psychology.
The Denison Job Corps Center is a youth training program offered at no cost to 16-24 year old applicants who are legal residents of the United States and meet certain income guidelines. This unique program has just one objective — to provide enrollees with the skills necessary to qualify for and be placed in a good paying job. The education and training process allows students to move at their own pace. Students receive free room and board, free medical and dental care, and clothes for work and for school, in addition to training and education. The Denison Job Corps Center benefits Crawford County’s workforce by offering vocational training programs, school to work programs, work experience programs and employment placement programs.
Western Iowa Tech Community College is housed in a beautiful facility on the east edge of Denison, offering Associate of Arts Degrees and college transfer courses, diplomas in specialized programs, GED programs, and other courses upon request.