Adams County Iowa

Education in Adams County

Always Creative? Yes! And Always Learning!

Starting with our Preschools/Daycare on up to Higher Education, our K-12 schools offer learning experiences that meet the needs of all types of learners.

Southwest Valley Schools is your destination district for a lifetime of learning. When you enter one of our progressive schools you will be welcomed to #Twolvesterritory, whose mission is to provide each student with the educational skills and knowledge necessary to become a lifelong learner and productive member of society. 

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The district has two campuses. East campus in Corning has an Early Childhood Education Center, Corning Elementary and Southwest Valley High School. West campus in Villisca that houses Enarson Elementary with its Early Childhood Education Center and Southwest Valley Middle School – home to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

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Capturing Kids Hearts

Teachers use “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” model to build relationships with their students. Southwest Valley School district offers many programs including STEM, ELP and Interventions, and RAVE- an afterschool program. Our educators utilize the latest technologies and learning methods to reach and teach each student including Promethean boards installed in every classroom as well as a state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Students enjoy tremendous community support. The citizens of area communities provide both financial and emotional support for both educational and extra-curricular activities within the school district.

At Southwest Valley we believe: Community Matters, Education Matters, We Matter and I Matter.

Students at Southwest
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Learn to Play, Play to Learn!

Our preschools and daycare providers use creative methods that make learning fun! You’ll want to choose the right one for your child.

Corning Elementary

Your 4-year-old may be eligible to attend a morning or afternoon session 4 days a week, with Mondays off for students. Corning Elementary offers a free preschool for children in the community.

Early Childhood Education Center

Located in Corning, ECEC provides quality childcare to develop a loving, caring, and rich learning environment catering to the children’s individual needs. They focus on giving each child the skills they need, academically and socially, to be successful and create a positive family atmosphere to make them feel at home. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served to children during the day. ECEC is at 905 Benton Ave, Corning, IA. (641) 322-4601

Southwestern Community College (SWCC)

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Southwestern Community College (SWCC), located in Creston, has been serving Adams County and several other southwest Iowa counties since 1966. SWCC, a comprehensive two-year public institution, also has centers in Osceola and Red Oak.

The college offers college transfer programs, as well as career and technical education programs; adult and continuing education; industrial training; and distance education with on line courses and programs. Visit SWCC at or

Buena Vista University – Creston campus

Complete your bachelor’s degree by enrolling on one of BVU programs at Creston. Convenient, affordable courses. Seamless credit transfers. Online and distance-learning formats.

Creston campus started offering classes in 1986. 100 percent of associate degrees from SWCC transfer to BVU.

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