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O. J. Neighbours Elementary School is one of two elementary schools in the Wabash City School Corporation. It houses kindergarten through third grade and has an average yearly enrollment of 500 students.
OJN was built in 1964 and was named for Owen Jones Neighbours, a former high school principal and superintendent of Wabash City Schools for 35 years. The building underwent a major reconstruction project in 1993 that tripled its size by adding two wings, making it 86,000 square feet.
OJN has many unique facets. It resides on approximately 15 acres on the north side of Wabash and has a wooded area known as the David F. Sodervick Outdoor Education Area, named for the former principal who created the area. In this area one can find an authentic 1840's log cabin school house complete with pioneer sanitation facilities, an authentic Native American village, a working windmill, a pioneer village, homestead, a pond, and a corncrib.
OJN houses many different programs to aid in the growth and development of all students. Along with our kindergarten through third grade classes, OJN has programs to meet various learner needs. Programs for high ability students, students with disabilties, and students who are identified as at-risk are available.
OJN Mission Statement
We, at O.J. Neighbours Elementary, celebrate educational excellence by fostering the growth of lifelong learners, in a safe, nurturing environment, developing a respect and appreciation for themselves, others, and the world in which they live.
OJN Vision Statement
Learning for All