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Lifelong learning is a tradition in Mount Pleasant and Henry County. From excellent early-childhood programs to our four-year liberal arts college, our county truly makes first-class education available to residents.

Encouraging the love of learning at a young age is important here. Multiple preschools provide a safe, supportive and loving environment where children can take their first steps down the path toward full-time students.

The majority of area students are enrolled at Mount Pleasant Community School District. The district enrolls approximately 2,150 students in its seven facilities, making it one of Iowa’s largest public school systems (42 of 364). The Mount Pleasant Community School District is composed of four elementary schools (K-5), one middle school (6-8), one high school (9-12) and one alternative high school (10-12).

Students are prepared for the future with a challenging curriculum that stresses technology, as well as the fundamentals of math, reading and science. Regular and enriched academics are complemented by advanced placement courses, special education, talented and gifted programming, vocational education, including Project Lead The Way, individualized classes and an array of extracurricular activities.


Students in the district continually score above the state and national average on both the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Iowa Test of Educational Development. A strength of the district is the fact that 85 percent of all fourth grade students score at or above the proficiency level in literacy and math. Mount Pleasant Community High School students regularly excel, typically scoring above national and state averages on college testing exams. In fact, students average an impressive 22.6 on the ACT test. More than 80 percent of graduating students look to continue the learning path to higher education or further training opportunities in post-secondary education.

Three other school districts are located in Henry County. WACO (short for Wayland, Ainsworth, Crawfordsville and Olds) serves students in the northwest part of the county. Winfield-Mount Union covers the northeast, and New London, the second largest district in the county, is east of Mount Pleasant. All three districts offer exceptional academic programs and great sports and extracurricular opportunities.

Another exceptional option for schooling is the Mount Pleasant Christian School, a nondenominational, nonprofit educational entity. In addition to offering preschool education for three and four-year-olds, Mount Pleasant Christian School provides a full curriculum of regular academic courses for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Students need not leave home when high school is complete; Mount Pleasant is home to two renowned institutions of higher learning. Iowa Wesleyan College is a small, private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Approximately 850 full- and part-time students are enrolled through day, evening and online courses. Iowa Wesleyan empowers students to discover their potential through individualized learning experiences, service and professional opportunities. A unique combination of small classes, leadership opportunities and active student organizations combine with service projects and internships to prepare Iowa Wesleyan graduates to be successfully engaged in their professions and communities. Academic disciplines focus on students’ personal and professional growth, offering more than 40 majors and programs. Cultural and athletic events on campus are open to the community. Banquet, conference and event facilities are also available.

Southeastern Community College’s Mount Pleasant campus offers an affordable means of starting the college process or building and enhancing career skills. Students may choose from more than 35 fields of study, ranging from agriculture and accounting to respiratory care and welding. Day and evening classes fit into even the busiest schedules. And SCC is well known for its successful sports programs; particularly the high-flying SCC Blackhawks men’s basketball team, winner of junior college national championships in 2000, 2003 and 2004.

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