High School Assignment Plan 2022-23
In the 2022-23 school year, our District will open two new high schools and implement a new High School Student Assignment Plan.
Omaha Public Schools has taken many steps to plan for the opening of the five new schools. In 2019, the Board of Education approved new boundaries for elementary and middle schools. In addition, our district recently announced the proposed Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways, an evolution in our high school programming. Now that boundaries have been determined, the district has finalized the new High School Student Assignment Plan, to coincide with the opening of the two new high schools.
The High School Student Assignment Plan determines a student's transportation eligibility and placement priority during the high school choice process. The plan and how it was developed is outlined below.
How was the plan developed?
Over the past 16 months the Student Assignment Plan Committee has been working towards a simple, efficient and equitable plan for all district students. The committee developed several options and gathered feedback from internal and external groups including students, parents and staff. The feedback from those groups helped to determine the plan.
High School Choice
Choosing a high school that meets a student's individual needs is an important opportunity in Omaha Public Schools. We know that students and families make their high school choice based on a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, programming and transportation. The plan takes this into account. No matter where a student lives, they will have the option to apply to any high school in Omaha Public Schools. The Student Assignment Plan will determine their transportation eligibility and priority in the high school choice process.
Neighborhood vs Non-Neighborhood Transportation
Our district currently has guidelines for transportation eligibility to both neighborhood and non-neighborhood schools.
Neighborhood transportation is for eligible students who attend their neighborhood (home) school.
- The plan increases transportation eligibility at all high schools.
- Instead of using distance, the plan uses streets to identify transportation areas in each high school boundary.
- Each transportation area identified is an area that is generally located farthest away from the school.
- The neighborhood transportation plan is below.
Non-neighborhood transportation is for students who attend a school other than their home (neighborhood) high school.
- The plan creates three partner zones each including three high schools.
- One additional school has been identified as a partner school.
- Students would have priority and be eligible for transportation at other schools in their partner zone and their home school's additional partner schools, also known as their "plus one school" (pictured below).
- For example, students living in the North attendance area would be in the same zone as Burke and South. North High School's plus one school is Westview (156th and Ida). Students in the North attendance area would have priority and be eligible for transportation to Burke, South or Westview.
- The three partner zones and the plus one schools are listed below.
- All three partner zones offer students access to diverse programming at high schools across the district.
- The non-neighborhood transportation plan is below.
|Zone||Neighborhood School||Partner School 1||Partner School 2||Plus One School|
|Zone 2||Central||Benson||Westview||Buena Vista|
|Zone 3||Northwest||Bryan||Buena Vista||Benson|
|Zone 3||Bryan||Northwest||Buena Vista||South|
|Zone 3||Buena Vista||Northwest||Bryan||Central|
Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways
The Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways comes after an evaluation and refocus of current programming. It builds on what has been working well and where we can grow for the students we serve.
The proposed Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways align with high skill, high wage, in-demand future jobs. They give students the opportunity 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, while others offer pathways.
Below, we have outlined the proposed Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways in each partner zone. No matter which school a student attends they will gain real-world career experience while maintaining the foundation of core classes and access to advanced academics, fine arts and electives. The zones are designed to offer students an opportunity to select from a variety of career clusters.
See the Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways page to learn more.
Throughout February, our District held family engagement sessions. These sessions provided families with the opportunity to hear more information about the proposed High School Student Assignment Plan and Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways. Families were able to provide feedback on the High School Student Assignment Plan during these presentations. To view any of these sessions, just follow the link below at the given date and time. The High School Student Assignment Plan will go into effect in August 2022 as the new high schools open. Our district will begin communicating with impacted families in April 2021 through August 2022.
Family Engagement and Feedback
Our District offered four family engagement opportunities. Three were provided in English and one in Spanish. To view one of the meetings, simply click the link below on the appropriate date and time.
We are committed to regular, ongoing communication with families as the process continues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the high school student assignment plan changes final?
How do I know which school is my neighborhood school?
In the new High School Student Assignment Plan, how do I know which schools my student is eligible for transportation to?
How does this Plan impact my Special Education student?
How does the Partner Plan impact my student’s ESL services?
Can my child still go to our neighborhood school?
Can I still choose to have my student go to a school other than my neighborhood school?
What if my child currently receives transportation to a school that is not a partner school?
Under the Partner Plan, what happens if I move during the school year? Will my child receive transportation back to their current school?