About Omaha Public Schools
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 Joy
We serve more than 53,000 young people in a welcoming, diverse school district community. 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 more than 100 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 work in nearly every subject area, including all core classes, 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 mission at Omaha Public Schools is to prepare all students for success 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. Five new schools (to elementary, one middle and two high schools) are scheduled to open in August 2022 and August 2023.
All students’ studies are 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 fine and performing arts, world languages, JROTC and other extra-curricular activities.
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 learning.
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 & Safety During COVID-19
We care deeply about our students, staff and families. Health and safety continues to be a top priority.
To help our students overcome learning challenges throughout the pandemic, 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.