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At OCSD, we do whatever it takes to educate all students. We implement innovative and effective teaching strategies that are research-based and promote high levels of student learning. We strive to enrich learning using 21st-century modern skills and establish independent lifelong learners who are also successful team players.

OCSD Vision Statement

K-12 OCSD Curriculum

Library Media

The Library Media Program at Oelwein Community Schools is committed to helping students achieve success in school, be effective users of information and become lifelong learners.

The Oelwein Library Media Curriculum is based on American Association of School Libraries Skill Indicators, Common Core requirements, Oelwein Library Grade Level Benchmarks and National Educational Technology Standards.

Our goal for student learning is to provide activities and lessons so that students can use the library and its resources to help them in their educational needs to be lifelong learners and productive citizens both in the classroom and in their daily lives.

Oelwein Alexandria Link

Student Programs

The Extended Learning/Gifted Program for Oelwein Community Schools provides services for students who have needs beyond the regular classroom curriculum. The mission of our gifted education program is to provide enrichment, challenge, and/or acceleration to meet gifted students' academic and social/emotional needs. 

 Programming in Gifted Education

  • Programming is aligned to the district mission and vision in four distinct areas, although specific programming will vary by age level.
    • Skills for the 21st Century
    • Resilience and Grit
    • Socio-emotional Wellness
    • College and Career Readiness Skills

Gifted services are based on a variety of characteristics, including nominations, demonstrated classroom ability, and testing scores.

K-2 Students are recommended by teachers in monthly groups based on the Kingore Observation Inventory. Students in grades 3-5 can enter the screening pool by teacher nomination, parent nomination, and/or using data showing high performance on one of the following standardized tests given for their grade level; the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), FAST, MAPS, CogAT. Students at the middle and high school level are eligible for ELP services if they met the criteria as a 5th grade student, or if they meet the criteria as a new student moving into the district.

For more information, please see the Iowa Department of Education Gifted and Talented website. or contact Patti Kuennen, the program’s coordinator, at


Husky Adventures is a before/after school program for students in K-8th grade in the Oelwein Community School District. The program entitled Husky Adventures offers a comprehensive out of school time program to provide additional time for students to learn, to provide innovative instructional strategies to motivate and teach students. The program provides collaboration between community organizations and the school. Husky Adventures has three main components:

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Enrichment Activities
  3. Family Literacy

These components serve to increase student academic competence, develop their talents and abilities.  The program partners with parents to meet their need to provide a safe place for their children before/after school to contribute to their child's academic achievement.

Iowa 21st CCLC Evaluation Form Reporting Data

Husky Inc - High School 21st Century Grant Evaluation Summary

Go Huskies!