Disclosure: As a real estate agent, I’m required to abide by the Fair Housing Act and the REALTORS® Code of Ethics. Because of this, I will not be offering any personal opinions (positive or negative) on schools or school districts. This is to prevent steering a potential buyer to certain neighborhoods or communities.
K-12 Public School Districts
The K-12 school system is a little confusing for newcomers. The Omaha area has over 10 different public school districts (and the City of Omaha covers 5 different school districts).
Omaha Public Schools
OPS is the largest school district in the State of Nebraska and one of the state’s largest employers. Omaha Public Schools operates 63 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 9 high schools.
Westside Community Schools (a.k.a. District 66)
Westside is made up of 10 neighborhood elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
Millard Public Schools
Now the State of Nebraska’s third-largest school district, Millard Public Schools began with a single school in a small town setting. This suburban school district sits in southwest Omaha and was formed when several rural school districts consolidated into one.
Elkhorn Public Schools
Found on the western side of the Omaha metro area, Elkhorn Public Schools is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the area.
Papillion La-Vista Public Schools
Springfield Platteview Community Schools
If you decide to buy a home, the school district you live in will impact your taxes. I created a page dedicated to property taxes to break this down in more detail.
University of Nebraska – Omaha
UNO is the second biggest university in Nebraska. It has an enrollment of over 15k students.
Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university located near downtown Omaha. It’s often rated as the #1 university in the midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
In 2023, UNMC was ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in the “Best Medical Schools: Primary Care.”
Metropolitan Community College
MCC is Nebraska’s largest community college, offering a quality education that’s affordable, with multiple, convenient locations.
Bellevue University was founded in 1966. It is a private, non-profit university in that serves over 10,000 and students. It is rated as one of the top universities for military members.