Here in Omaha, there are 62 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, seven high schools, one virtual school and 13 alternative programs all within the public school district. The OPS mission is to prepare all students to excel in college, career and life. They are “innovators in the world of educational technology.” During the 2016-2017 school year, they established the first virtual K-8 school in the state. OPS is also the first district in Nebraska certified to teach digital citizenship. Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year reached 53,180, where 20,137 of the students speak 121 different languages. The graduating rates have increased by 14.6% since 2003 reaching up to 78.1%.
Teaching staff has an average of 10 years experience and nearly 60% hold advanced degrees. Many of the OPS teachers have won the Nebraska Teacher of the Year award and other national, regional and local citations.
There are 66 private schools in Omaha, serving 16,819 students. 71% of these schools are religiously affiliated, most common being Roman Catholic. Mount Michael Benedictine High School is the highest ranked private school in the state, consistently scoring the top marks across the board. The average private school tuition is $3,471 (2018-2019) which is the lowest average in the United States.
Metro Community College is the largest community college Omaha has to offer, with three different campuses throughout the Omaha area. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, MCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Nebraska. MCC offers more than 100 one- and two- year career programs in business administration, computer and office technologies, culinary arts, industrial and construction technologies, nursing and allied health, social sciences and services, and visual and electronic technologies, as well as academic transfer programs. Their culinary program is nationally ranked!
COLLEGE & UNIVERSITIES:
Creighton University & University of Nebraska-Omaha are the top universities in the city. Creighton is a private Jesuit university founded in 1878 located in downtown Omaha. It competes in the NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Big East. Creighton’s enrollment is above 8,500, and is known for its academic success and excellence.
The University of Nebraska-Omaha is a public research university founded in 1908 that is expecting to enroll 20,000 students by 2020. Located in midtown Omaha, the Mavs compete as well in the NCAA Division I athletics but in the Summit League. UNO has an economic impact of $605.4 million through direct, indirect and charitable services!