Dr. Beth Maloney
Teaching and Learning Consultant
Gifted and Talented Education - GATE
Senior High Brochures
Benson High Bryan High Burke High
Central High North High South High (English)
South High (Spanish)
High School Transition
Moving from the middle level to senior high is an exciting, yet challenging time. Students are entering an atmosphere where they are socially adapting into a microcosm of today’s society. Rigorous curriculum challenges students to reach above and beyond the status quo. Students will find their niche by capitalizing on their strengths. Interest opportunities can help develop student talent(s) such as in the areas of the arts, music, sports, leadership and creativity. Specialized classes are available before, during and after school. CATALYST is a new program developed around the unique intellectual, educational, social and emotional needs of gifted and talented high school students. Currently, CATALYST is only offered at Benson High School Magnet Center to 9th graders with the goals of developing positive peer relationships and expanding educational and career opportunities.
Senior High Talent Opportunity
Opportunities exist outside the classroom which represent each of the five recognized areas of giftedness: leadership, visual and performing arts, creativity, academic, and intellectual.
Leaders have high expectations for themselves and others. They are self-confident and exercise good judgment in decision-making.
Students who display talents in visual and performing arts exhibit the ability to express feelings and thoughts through art, dance, drama, and music.
Theater Arts Clubs
Specialty Chorus Groups
Creative thinkers are independent, have a highly developed sense of humor, and easily generate several solutions to a given problem.
Opportunities abound at the high school level for students whose abilities require challenge and seek recognition for their academic achievements.
National Honor Society
Rotary Club Scholars
*Note that talent opportunities will vary at each school. Click on the links below to see which opportunities are available at each high school.
As an Advanced Placement student, it is important to obtain accurate information to answer the question "Will a university of choice accept my AP credit?" Ask admissions representatives this very question during your junior year or the fall of your senior year. Do not wait until spring of your senior year to ask questions. Often students hear inaccurate second or third-hand information about university policies regarding AP credit. The College Board has links to many universities' web sites AP Credit Policy page.
The College Board website is:
As in the past two years, the cost is $89 per exam. The State of Nebraska has a High Ability Learner grant that greatly reduces the cost for students who qualify for the Federal Lunch Program (free or reduced lunch). Qualifying students should contact their corresponding coordinator.
There are several good indicators of how well you might perform on an exam. Your coursework and achievement level at your school is the best predictor of your potential success.
Students should consult with their AP instructor as the deposit deadline nears. If you are still undecided on paying by the deposit deadline day, it is recommended to pay the non-refundable deposit (avoiding the College Board late fee) to ensure that an exam is available if you later decide to take the exam.
Students who pay the nonrefundable deposit, but later decide to not take an exam, should notify the school’s AP coordinator about their decision. No deposits can be refunded, as the College Board charges participating Senior High Schools for unused exams.
*Note: Please check with your student’s Senior High AP coordinator for specific dates. Dates and times may vary at each Senior High School.
Late February prior to AP Course: Homeroom to distribute registration materials to students that qualify for AP coursework.
May prior to Fall AP Course: Some AP teachers may contact registered students for AP course(s) summer assignments. To be sure, ask your AP teacher.
August: Begin AP course.
October: In most cases, information is provided to parents through the student’s Senior High School Newsletter. Check with your AP coordinator.
End of January: Deadline to contact your participating Senior High coordinator regarding the need for testing accommodations. See http://www.collegeboard.com/disable/students/html/indx000.html for information about this process.
January or early February: “Bulletin for AP Students and Parents” distributed to current AP students.
Mid-February: AP Exam registration information distributed to students and posted on their Senior High web site.
Mid-February: Students who qualify for Fee Reduction receive notification from participating Senior High AP Coordinator.
Late-February: OPS Advanced Placement Program honors-level student receives information distributed to each honors-level student, grades 9 through 11.
Mid-March: Deadline for all students to submit non-refundable deposit for each AP exam
Late March: Students receive confirmation letter noting deposit(s) paid, exam registrations, amount due, and test schedule.
Mid-April: Late fee deadline for any student wishing to register for an exam (non-refundable deposit, plus a $50 late fee assessed by the College Board)
Day of Exam: Deadline to turn in balance due for exam.
Mid-July following exam: Results sent to students (and university, if requested)
The College Board encourages all students who are willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum to be considered for AP courses and exams. Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for accommodations on an AP Exam. These accommodations include extended time, nonstandard-format exams, permission to use certain Braille devices, and/or a sign language interpreter to give directions. An Eligibility Form must be submitted for each student requesting accommodations. Coordinators may not provide testing accommodations for students with disabilities until the College Board has approved the Eligibility Forms. Therefore, please submit requests for special accommodations by early to mid January.
Start and release times are dictated by The College Board. Click here for the most recent update for exam times and room locations at your student’s senior high.
For a timeline specific to your Senior High:
Either call or go to their website.
www.ops.org/high/(name of senior high)
The Designation of AP Scholar by the College Board recognizes students for their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student's performance on AP Exams.
National AP Scholar is the highest honor bestowed by the College Board. Students qualify by earning an average grade of at least 4.0 on 8 or more exams.
AP Scholar with Honor requires an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
The AP Scholar Award is bestowed on students completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of three or higher. Students honored as juniors, with AP college-level work this year, can earn another AP Scholar Award their senior year.
Most universities and colleges have granted (with approved transcripts) credit and/or upper-level placement to students entering with successful AP Exam scores since the1950’s.
Please be aware of the recent trend for some colleges to assess a fee ($10 - $75 per course) to first year college students for translating their successful AP exam to qualifying course(s) (official transcript) for college records. Regardless, the total cost for the AP Exam and fee remains less than the costs and fees associated with the course taken through the university.
Creighton University: http://admissions.creighton.edu/ProspectiveStudents/Academicsand Advising/AdvancedPlacement/tabid/461/Default.asp
Advanced Placement Scholars
The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Although there is no monetary award, in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP Grade Report that is sent to colleges the following fall.
AP Scholar Award Requirements
AP Scholar Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
AP Scholar with Honor Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
AP State Scholar Granted to the one male and one female student in each
U.S. state and the District of Columbia with grades of 3or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average grade (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.
National AP Scholar Granted to students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams
Calculation of Awards
There are two steps to calculating the awards: First, the student's average AP grade is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years. Second, the student's exam grades are checked to see which ones count toward the various awards (e.g., an exam with a grade of 3 does not count toward a National AP Scholar Award). A student must meet all criteria to be eligible; e.g., a student who has a 3.25 AP grade average but only received a 3 or higher on three exams will not receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award because the minimum requirement is four or more exams.
Advanced Placement (AP)
classes are designed to provide an appropriate level of instruction commensurate to students’ ability and for “credit” opportunities for college and university programs.
* If you have further questions, please contact your Advanced Placement Senior High School coordinator or click on the link below.
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Advanced Placement Programs.
Dual Enrollment (Concurrent Enrollment)
Click for additional information https://www.unomaha.edu or Dual Enrollment
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1. What is Dual Enrollment? Dual Enrollment (DE) (Concurrent Enrollment) allows academically talented students to earn transcript college credit while still at an Omaha Public Schools Senior High. Since the 2004-05 school year, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Omaha Public Schools have partnered to provide this opportunity to students. Certain Advanced Placement courses taught at your student’s Senior High School are included in the DE program. Omaha Public Schools staff members have been selected by UNO to be adjunct faculty. For more background information and details from UNO, visit https://dualenroll.unomaha.edu/studentqa.php