High School Assignment Plan


    High School Application Process
    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. Students are guaranteed enrollment at their neighborhood school. Families may apply to any school. However, the Student Assignment Plan will determine their transportation eligibility and priority in the high school choice process. 

    High School Application Timeline

    • January 8-12 Every Omaha Public Schools eighth grader will receive an application at their current school
    • January 29 Final date to submit the applications back to the current school
    • February 20 High School placement letters will be mailed to homes

    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.

    Map of high school transportation areas

    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. 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.

    High School Partner Zone Map

    High School Partner Zone Table


Partner Schools

Zone Neighborhood School Partner School 1 Partner School 2 Plus One School
Zone 1 Burke North South Northwest
Zone 1 North Burke South Westview
Zone 1 South Burke North Bryan
Zone 2 Central Benson Westview Buena Vista
Zone 2 Benson Central Westview Burke
Zone 2 Westview Central Benson North
Zone 3 Northwest Bryan Buena Vista Benson
Zone 3 Bryan Northwest Buena Vista South
Zone 3 Buena Vista Northwest Bryan Central


    Ops college and career academies and pathways logo

    Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways
    The Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways comes after an evaluation and refocus of current programming. It builds on what has been working well and where we can grow for the students we serve.

    The proposed Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways align with high skill, high wage, in-demand future jobs. They give students the opportunity to explore a potential career field while gaining skills that will be beneficial in the next chapter of their story. In Omaha Public Schools, some high schools will offer academies, while others offer pathways.

    Below, we have outlined the proposed Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways in each partner zone. No matter which school a student attends they will gain real-world career experience while maintaining the foundation of core classes and access to advanced academics, fine arts and electives. The zones are designed to offer students an opportunity to select from a variety of career clusters.


    List of academies and pathways per school

    See the Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways page to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the high school student assignment plan changes final?

  • How do I know which school is my neighborhood school?

  • In the new High School Student Assignment Plan, how do I know which schools my student is eligible for transportation to?

  • How does this Plan impact my Special Education student?

  • How does the Partner Plan impact my student’s ESL services?

  • Can my child still go to our neighborhood school?

  • Can I still choose to have my student go to a school other than my neighborhood school?

  • What if my child currently receives transportation to a school that is not a partner school?

  • Under the Partner Plan, what happens if I move during the school year? Will my child receive transportation back to their current school?