High School Assignment Plan
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.