Mission: To prepare all students for success in college, career and life.
Vision: Every student. Everyday. Prepared for success.
Values: Fairness, results, leadership, responsibility and joy
We serve over 53,000 youth in a welcoming and diverse school district community. We teach over 18,000 students who have received English language learning services at any given time in Omaha public schools. Our student body speaks over 100 different languages. We meet all the students where they are. We work with our gifted and talented students by offering a wide range of enrichment programs. Students have the opportunity to do advanced work in almost any field, including all core courses, music, art, and physical education.
The majority of our graduates go on to college or technical studies. In 2020, our Omaha Public School graduates received approximately $ 60.6 million in scholarships. We are #OPSProud of our students, staff and programs. In Omaha public schools, excellence is our standard.
Our mission at Omaha Public Schools is to prepare all students for success in education, careers and lives. Our educational offerings are just as diverse as the students we serve. Our district consists of 63 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, seven high schools, a K-12 virtual school and 11 alternative programs. Five new schools (elementary, one middle school and two high schools) are expected to open in August 2022 and August 2023.
All of the student’s studies are grounded in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). At the same time, students engage in a variety of elective courses that include Fine and Performing Arts, World Languages, JROTC, and other extracurricular activities.
For high school students, Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways are aligning themselves with future highly skilled, well-paying and in-demand jobs. They allow high school students to explore a potential career area while learning skills that will benefit the next chapter of their story. In Omaha public schools, some high schools will offer academies, smaller, career-focused learning communities, while others will offer pathways, a series of four or more courses focused on a group of related careers. . In addition, Omaha public schools offer more AP (Advanced Placement) courses than any other district in Nebraska.
We are innovators in the world of educational technology. We are the first certified district in Nebraska to teach digital citizenship. During the 2016-2017 school year, we created the first K-8 virtual school in the state of Nebraska, which has since added grades 9-12. Through online and face-to-face learning opportunities, our Omaha Virtual School students are empowered to take charge of their learning.
A well-balanced physical and athletic education program has produced professional athletes and Olympic gold medalists while instilling in all students the importance of âfitness for lifeâ. Our students learn to work and play side by side, sharing their findings and solving problems together.
Omaha Public Schools is the third largest employer in the state, with over 7,000 full-time employees involved in the day-to-day operations of our schools. Our teaching staff have an average of 10 years of experience and over 63 percent hold advanced degrees. Internationally renowned financier Warren Buffett, ranked among the richest Americans each year, created the coveted Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award to honor teachers in Omaha public schools. Many of our teachers have won the Nebraska Teacher of the Year Awards, Presidential Excellence Awards, and other national, regional and local citations.
Health and Safety During COVID-19
We care deeply about our students, staff and families. Health and safety remain a top priority.
To help our students overcome learning challenges throughout the pandemic, Omaha public schools have launched a back-to-school plan with short, medium, and long-term goals until 2023. Staff are on the go. strive to ensure that each student has their own unique recovery plan that speeds up their individual learning. .