Transforming incredible potential into the power to impact lives, businesses and communities. Education in Omaha is driven by our award-winning network of public and private schools, colleges and universities. They excel at pushing our students inside the classroom and beyond it, serving learners of all needs and abilities, preparing today’s young people to be tomorrow’s leaders – those equipped to develop new technology, collaborate on a big ideas and sit on community boards.

Our dynamic K-12 landscape encompasses more than 300 public and private educational institutions, including a diverse population of magnet schools that focus on targeted subjects (e.g. engineering, math, or music and media technology), career academies and international Baccalaureate schools. The assignment is clear: empower a future workforce with top-notch communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills coupled with the technical know-how to thrive in a digital world. Our educators are up to the task.

During the 2016-2017 school year, Omaha Public Schools established the first virtual K-8 school in the state of Nebraska and was the first Nebraska district certified to teach digital citizenship. Omaha’s nationally-recognized Millard Public School District, which provides laptops for all high school and middle school students, enhances its online learning experience with Google Classrooms and snow day e-learning, which was rolled out during a particularly relentless 2018-2019 winter.

Nonprofit education initiative Avenue Scholars is doing its part to grow a skilled and ready workforce – building partnerships across the community and a bridge between education and employment. Avenue Scholars serves more than 900 students and works with almost 400 different employers in five high-demand career fields, including Health Services, Information Technology and Auto Tech & Transportation.

The investment in our students – and the drive of our students themselves – have the nation taking note. We consistently rank among the leading states for percentage of high school graduates – and those graduates can continue their studies, right here, at nationally-ranked colleges and universities and two internationally-recognized medical schools.

We rank:

#2, America’s Best Cities: Top 10 Small Cities, Resonance Consultancy, 2019

#3 out of 25, Best Places to be a Teacher, SmartAsset, 2018

#52 out of 200, Best Place for Education, Forbes Magazine, 2017

  • #5/50 America’s Top States to Get an Education (NE) – CNBC, 2017
  • #9/50 America’s Top States to Get an Education (IA) – CNBC, 2017
  • 2018 Best High School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report, 2018
    • 10 metro school high schools earned the bronze classification

Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you.

The We Don’t Coast mentality means working together to create a better home for everyone. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Together, we are O.NE.



A Bold Dream Fulfilled

Chasing lofty goals. Always focusing on the finish, even in the face of incredible odds. Our community is filled with people who embody that “We Don’t Coast”-mindset – none more than Shannon Haines, M.D., and her 12-year-old daughter, Kaylee.

Sweet Dreams

Longtime baker Michelle Kaiser assumed her friends were pulling a prank. She had, after all, made no secret of her dream of appearing on national TV. Turns out, the person on the other end of the line really was from the Food Network, recruiting her to compete on season four of Spring Baking Championship.

Discovering your potential. At any stage of the game.

To his students, Herb “Herbie” Thompson is a Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha specializing in Communications while finishing his Ph.D. in Leadership. To the Omaha community, he is much more. Born in England, where his mother grew up, his...