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Education in Otsego County

Otsego County located on the 45th parallel is known for being a snow belt due to the lake-effect snow received each winter season, Centered between two major highways, the central location is expedient for tourism and business. Also known as the Golf-Mecca, there are many quality courses to choose from, pristine forests, and many beautiful lakes and rivers, creating endless recreational activities for all four seasons.

From 2006 through 2014, 89.2% of persons over the age of 25 were high school graduates in Otsego County while 19.4% over the age of 25 had gone on to obtain a Bachelor's degree or higher.

Whatever your age, interest or educational level, there's a place for everyone in the Otsego County school system. In addition to quality K-12 public and private programs, Gaylord is home to the University Center at Gaylord (UC). The UC is a partnership of two community colleges and six four-year colleges that deliver higher
education that helps prepare the regions workforce to meet the needs of an ever-changing workplace.

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Area K-12 Schools

Gaylord Community Schools is a K-12 public school district located on northern Lower Michigan. The district encompasses approximately 265 square miles, including portions of Otsego, Antrim, Crawford and Montmorency counties. Students are provided a rigorous and relevant academic program enhanced by an array of co-curricular and athletic opportunities. The Gaylord Intermediate School was identified by the Michigan Department of Education as a REWARD school and the district as a Beating the Odds schools. All of the schools are AdvancED Accredited. Contact the school district at 989.705.8090.

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Vanderbilt Area Schools has the vision and mission to graduate respectful, responsible, lifelong learners empowered to meet future challenges. Contact them at 989.983.2561.

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Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools district mission is to educate its students in a manner that will enable them to participate responsibly in an ever-changing world. This district has won many awards such as being designated a Michigan Best Practice School, Highly Graded Schools by the State of Michigan, and Odyssey of the Mind Global Finalist (five times!). Contact them at 989.732.1773.

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St. Mary Cathedral School is committed to nurturing lifelong discipleship in the Lord, promoting academic excellence and cultivating God-given talents. Contact them at 989.732.5801.

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Otsego Christian School is an interdenominational elementary school, offering academic and spiritual instruction from three-year old pre-school to eighth grade. Contact them at 989.732.8333.

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Grace Baptist Christian School is a Baptist oriented K-12 private school, offering academic and spiritual instruction to students. Contact them at 989.732.5676.