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Education has been a significant part of Newton since its beginnings in the 1850s. A host of childcare facilities, several schools in the Newton Community School District, one private parochial school and nearby higher education institutions provide outstanding education to students of the Greater Newton area.

Several childcare centers are located in Newton, offering services for infants through 12 years of age. These facilities include the YMCA Child Care Center and Peck Child Development Center.

For parents and students interested in receiving a private education, Newton Christian School provides educational instruction for kindergarten through eighth grades. It offers a small-school environment characterized by strong personal bonds, meaningful parent involvement, high-quality curriculum and instruction, and accountability for both staff and students. These key factors combine to create a culture of caring and rigor focused on hard work, high aspirations, and an expectation that every student will succeed. Newton Christian School’s motto, “Training to a Higher Standard”, is the guiding principle of the education provided.

The Newton Community School District consists of the Newton Senior High School for grades nine through twelfth and B.C. Berg Middle School for students in fifth through eighth grades. There are also four elementary schools for grades kindergarten through fourth; Aurora Heights Elementary, Emerson Hough Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Elementary. The school district also offers a 4-year-old preschool and Basics and Beyond, an alternative high school, for high school juniors and seniors.

Higher learning can be found within the Newton community, with the esteemed institutions of Des Moines Area Community College and Buena Vista University offering top-rate academic programs to local students.

Students of all ages and academic backgrounds attend the Newton Campus of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) for both day and evening classes. Students study traditional arts and science coursework for college transfer programs designed for individuals seeking employment or looking to improve on current skills. With small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty and staff and a friendly learning environment, the Newton Campus of DMACC makes learning accessible to all. ’

In August of 2002, the Buena Vista University Newton Center opened its doors on the Newton Polytechnic Campus in partnership with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Since the Center’s inception, enrollments have increased every year. More local students are taking advantage of the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree without having to travel far from home.

Students in search of post-secondary education have other options located between 35 and 75 miles from Newton: Iowa State University, located in Ames; University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls; Drake University and Grandview College, both located in Des Moines; Central College, located in Pella; Grinnell College, located in Grinnell; Simpson College, located in Indianola and William Penn College, located in Oskaloosa.

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