Top 10 Best Nebraska Public Schools (2024)

Nebraska is the #32 largest school system in the United States, serving 327,576 students across the 1,085 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are 229 private schools, serving 42,253 students). 89% of all K-12 students in Nebraska are educated in public schools, compared to the national average of 90%.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Nebraska is 46%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 47%.
Minority enrollment is 36% (majority Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 14:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(NE) School Average
American Indian
1%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
21%
Black
7%
White
64%
Two or more races
4%
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in Nebraska.

Top Ranked Public Schools in Nebraska (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Blue Sage Elementary School
(Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
3600 S 215th Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022
(402) 289-3577
Rank: #22.
Hitchcock Elementary School
(Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
5809 S 104th St
Omaha, NE 68127
(402) 715-2255
Rank: #33.
Spring Ridge Elementary School
(Math: 87% | Reading: 85%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 87% (Top 1%)
Reading: 85% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
17830 Shadow Ridge Dr
Omaha, NE 68130
(402) 637-0204
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Aldrich Elementary School
(Math: 85% | Reading: 86%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85% (Top 1%)
Reading: 86% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
506 N 162 Ave
Omaha, NE 68118
(402) 715-2020
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Fire Ridge Elementary School
(Math: 86% | Reading: 85%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 86% (Top 1%)
Reading: 85% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
19660 Farnam St
Elkhorn, NE 68022
(402) 289-0735
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Elkhorn South High School
(Math: 84% | Reading: 87%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 84% (Top 5%)
Reading: 87% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
20303 Blue Sage Parkway
Omaha, NE 68130
(402) 289-0616
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Upchurch Elementary School
(Math: 85% | Reading: 83%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85% (Top 1%)
Reading: 83% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
8686 S 165th St
Omaha, NE 68136
(402) 715-7150
Rank: #88.
Reeder Elementary School
(Math: 85% | Reading: 80%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85% (Top 1%)
Reading: 80% (Top 5%)
Grades: PK-5
19202 Chandler St
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 715-6420
Rank: #99.
Manchester Elementary School
(Math: 84% | Reading: 82%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 84% (Top 5%)
Reading: 82% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
2750 N Hws Cleveland Blvd
Omaha, NE 68116
(402) 289-2590
Rank: #1010.
Meadowlark Elementary School
(Math: 80-84% | Reading: 80-84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 80-84% (Top 5%)
Reading: 80-84% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
1010 E 53rd St
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 698-8210

Best Nebraska Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
17
5,081
25%
28
8,497
20%
6
1,227
11%
15
3,953
9%
10
1,299
5%
10
1,567
13%
9
1,093
22%
13
2,641
68%
7
1,468
31%
15
1,896
10%
14
4,550
74%
7
1,169
21%
19
5,471
57%
6
1,017
35%
23
6,457
36%
202
95,972
51%
13
2,981
12%
34
12,558
53%
11
1,964
13%
4
1,065
19%
15
1,710
29%
92
47,770
33%
22
5,339
21%
24
6,184
36%
9
2,477
18%
8
1,535
13%
19
5,349
43%
10
1,115
13%
15
3,657
46%
72
34,100
32%
7
1,228
20%
8
2,133
16%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Nebraska?
The top ranked public schools in Nebraska include Blue Sage Elementary School, Hitchcock Elementary School and Spring Ridge Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Nebraska?
1,085 public schools are located in Nebraska.
What percentage of students in Nebraska go to public school?
89% of all K-12 students in Nebraska are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Nebraska?
Minority enrollment in Nebraska is 36% (majority Hispanic)

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