English Learner, Migrant and Refugee Education

  • A student poses with a projectOmaha Public Schools prides itself on the rich diversity of our students and families. There are a variety of services available to support families who speak a language other than English at home. 

    All new K-12 families enrolling in a school in our district complete a Home Language Survey to identify students who speak another language other than English.  Students who have been identified with another language are given a Language Assessment Screener.  The results help the staff determine if students qualify for services.  Students who qualify will be tested yearly to determine the continuation of services.

    English Learner supports at Omaha Public Schools are designed to help students accelerate their language development and reach proficiency in English.  Our program offers a variety of services. 

    Migrant Education
    The Migrant Education Program strives to provide services and materials to help migrant children succeed in school. Children and youth who are younger than 22 and have not yet earned a high school diploma are eligible to receive services. They can earn a diploma, develop their skills, and expand their options for the future.  Federal guidelines for eligibility are based on parents, guardians, or youth working in temporary or seasonal agricultural or fishing employment, including meatpacking plants, and families who have moved to Omaha in the last three years.


  • 10,767 students received services in 2022-23
  • 19,724 current students have been provided English learner services
  • 107 languages spoken by our students
  • 2,369 refugee students receiving services
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