Grace College authorized its fourth charter school, Otwell Miller Academy, which opened its doors in the town of Otwell, Indiana, southwest of Indianapolis. Otwell Miller Academy is a small country school that focuses on strong values and high academic standards.
The Grace College Board of Trustees approved a seven-year charter for the school on February 15, 2017. This charter with Grace will authorize Otwell Miller Academy to be a stand-alone school, Pre-K—5th grade.
In 2015 the Pike County School Board voted to close Otwell Elementary School, a 4-star, Blue Ribbon School, consistently achieving an A rating. This rural school was the hub of the community providing employment, serving as a social, recreational, and cultural foundation. Without a school, residents and businesses often leave a community. When the closure of Otwell Elementary was announced, the people of the town came together and developed Friends of Otwell Elementary LTD, a non-for-profit entity to support the effort to reclaim the school as a charter.
The mission of Otwell Miller Academy is to develop alternative educational opportunities, improve existing educational structures and build a brighter pathway to success for children. Otwell Miller Academy believes that a life-long educational journey begins with a love of learning. However, the academy’s mission extends beyond book learning to encouraging students to embrace service above self, becoming active citizens and leading others to excellence.
Grades Served: Pre-K—5th
Year Opened: 2017
School Leader: Rick Fears
Address: 9958 East County Rd 150 N, Otwell, Indiana
Enrollment Info: (812) 354-0800
Board Chair: Mike Houtsch