Mission: To prepare all students for success in college,
career and life.
Vision: Every student. Every day. Prepared for success.
Values: Equity, Results, Leadership, Accountability and
At the Omaha Public Schools,
we prepare our students for life in a world where understanding and
appreciation of diversity are essential.
We educate more than 53,000
students from various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. We teach more
than 18,000 students who have received English Learner services at some time
while at Omaha Public Schools. Our student population speaks 108 different
languages. We meet all students where they are. We work with our gifted and
talented students by providing a wide array of enrichment programs. Students
have opportunities for advanced studies in essentially every subject area,
including all core curriculum, music, art and physical education.
The majority of our graduates
go on to college or technical schools. In 2020, our Omaha Public Schools graduates
received approximately $60.6 million in scholarships. We are #OPSProud of our
students, our staff and our programs. In the Omaha Public Schools, excellence
is our standard. Our goal is to provide all students with the high-quality
instruction needed to prepare for life in tomorrow's high-tech world.
Opportunities for Students
Our mission at Omaha Public
Schools is to prepare all students to excel in college, career and life. 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, one K-12
virtual school and 11 alternative programs. We’re also currently building five
new schools, including two high schools, two elementary schools and one middle
Students across all grade
levels have optimal educational opportunities. All students’ core studies are
deep-rooted in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math). At the
same time, students engage in a variety of electives that include the
performing and fine arts, world languages, JROTC and other extra-curricular
For high school students, the
Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways align with high
skill, high wage, in-demand future jobs. They allow high school students
to explore a potential career field while gaining skills that will be
beneficial in the next chapter of their story. In Omaha Public Schools, some
high schools will offer academies, smaller learning communities with a career
focus, while others offer pathways, a series of four or more classes focused on
a group of related careers. In addition, Omaha Public Schools offers more AP
(Advanced Placement) courses than any other district in Nebraska.
We are innovators in the
world of educational technology. We are the first district in Nebraska
certified to teach digital citizenship. During the 2016-2017 school year, we
established the first virtual K-8 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 ownership of their
A well-rounded athletic and
physical education program has produced professional athletes and Olympic gold
medalists while instilling in all students the importance of "fitness for
life." Our students learn to work and play side-by-side, sharing
discoveries and solving problems together.
Omaha Public Schools is the
third-largest employer in the state, with more than 7,000 full-time employees
who are involved in the daily operation of our schools. Our teaching staff has
an average of 10 years of experience and more than 63 percent hold advanced
degrees. Internationally known financier Warren Buffett, annually listed among
the wealthiest Americans, has established the coveted Alice Buffett Outstanding
Teacher Award to honor teachers in the Omaha Public Schools. Many of our
teachers have won Nebraska Teacher of the Year Awards, Presidential Excellence
awards and other national, regional and local citations.
Health and Safety
Health and safety have been
our priority as we planned for a responsible return to school. We care deeply
about our students, staff and families. We have implemented layers of precautions
which include district-provided facial coverings, hand sanitizer throughout our
schools, frequent hand-washing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting
procedures. We take these measures most seriously.
With our 1 to 1 Technology
Program, we connected each student with their own Wi-Fi-equipped personal
learning device to continue their education when health conditions have
prevented them from attending school in person.
However, while making the
best effort to teach our kids during the pandemic, we know learning has
sometimes not reached our academic standards. To overcome this, Omaha Public
Schools has launched an Academic Recovery Plan with short, medium and long-term
goals stretching into 2023. Staff will work toward each student having their
own unique recovery plan that accelerates their individual learning.
Omaha Public Schools also
created the Meals2Go program, working with local food banks to feed students
and families who face food insecurity during at-home learning.