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Preparing for a New School Year

From kindergarten to high school, Omaha Public Schools is preparing our families for an important step in their educational journey.

Our high schools are gearing up for open houses and showcase events ahead of school selection for the 2024-25 school year in January. Student ambassadors work alongside school counselors and other staff to help families decide which school best fits their needs.

“At the end of the day, listen to your head and heart,” said Tucker Ingram, Westview High student ambassador. “Talk to people around you and choose the best decision for you.”

Tucker and other student ambassadors will lead tours now through January.

"We come here, we attend this school, and everyone in this school is here to help us be our best to graduate,” said Dorcas Ametitovi, Northwest High student ambassador. “That's why it's important that we lead these tours."

School Selection Process

The school selection process begins with our High School Showcase on Nov. 30. The event allows families to explore each high school's College & Career Academies and Pathways. Staff and current students will share information about course offerings, advanced academics, world languages, performing arts and activities.

Counselors from each middle school recently toured each high school, so they are ready to assist families with questions.

“The more informed and excited our counselors are about the high schools, the better informed the families will be,” said Jenn Walker, Omaha Public Schools school counseling lead.

School choice applications will be available in January. All Omaha Public Schools students are guaranteed attendance at their neighborhood school. By March 2024, all students will know which school they will be attending.

“We can proudly say that in Omaha Public Schools, at the secondary level, we're able to approve more than 80% of the applications that come in,” said Pat Pope, student placement supervisor.

Families can find more information about School Selection and the process timeline in our comprehensive School Selection Guide.

Kindergarten Roundup

For our youngest learners, school visits happen during Kindergarten Roundup. All elementary schools in our district host events starting in January.

Kindergarten Roundup allows incoming students to visit their future school, see their classroom and meet the staff. Omaha Public Schools wants to ensure students smoothly transition into their new kindergarten class.

“We encourage families to go to their neighborhood school for Kindergarten Roundup,” said Pope. “All of our schools offer such great opportunities. You can't go wrong with whichever one you choose.”

Children must be five years old on or before July 31, 2024, to be eligible for kindergarten in the 2024-25 school year. Enrollment information is available on our website.