School Choice Thematic Programs



This  area of study focuses on human culture which includes interactions with others both nationally and globally.  Advanced work in this area will prepare students who have a career interest in government, international relations, law, and social sciences. 

Global Studies (7-8)
The Global Studies program deals with the analysis of international relations, political, economic, social, environmental, legal, and health issues that extend beyond national boundaries.  This program is located at Beveridge Magnet Middle School at grade 7 and 8. 

Leadership, Social Justice, Law, Government, and International Diplomacy (7-12)
The Leadership, Social Justice, Law, Government, and International Diplomacy programs advocate that citizens have certain roles and responsibilities to society and the environment.  These programs rely on resources such as Steven Covey’s “7 Habits” to develop leadership abilities in all students.  These programs are found at Nathan HaleMiddle School at grades 7 and 8 and at Northwest High School at grades 9-12.  At the middle school level, students experience an extended school day.

International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) educates students about the experiences of people and cultures throughout the world.  IB fosters a commitment in students to act as responsible members of the community on the local, national, and international levels.  The Middle Years Programme MYP) is found at Lewis and Clark Middle School and Central HighSchool in grades 7-10.  The Diploma Programme (DP) is found at Central High School in grades 11-12.


Technical Sciences include the areas of science, mathematics, and engineering.  In addition, technology as it relates to these three disciplines rounds out the technical science program offerings.  Advanced course work in technical sciences prepares students for possible careers in agri-business, aeronautics, dentistry, engineering, medicine, and nursing.

Agri-Science (10-12)
The Agri-Science program is based on the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education of CASE curriculum. The focus of this academy is to teach students about the role of agriculture in Nebraska’s economy and to explore agricultural careers.  This program is located at Bryan High School grades 10-12.

Aeronautics and Space (10-12)
The Aeronautics and Space program content and skills necessary to prepare for a career in aeronautics and space related jobs.  In addition, students may also graduate prepared to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Private Pilot Written Exam which is required in order to obtain the Private Pilot Certification.  This program is found at Burke High School grades 10-12.   

Mathematics (5-12)
Mathematics programs in OPS emphasize inquiry based learning and manipulatives that inspire higher level thinking skills.  These programs are found at R.M. Marrs Middle School grades 5-8, McMillan Middle School grades 7-8, and North and South High Schools grades 9-12.

Health Science (9-12)
The Health Science program is part of the Health and Wellness Academy at Benson High School in grades 10-12.  This program is designed to provide students a strong foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to pursue health careers. 

Creative and Technical Sciences (K-12) Academy
The Creative and Technical Sciences Academy offers a unique environment that encourages student to explore creative design in robotics, art, pottery, and Culinary Arts.  The BEST program or Benson Electrical Systems Technology program in grades 10-12 offers knowledge and skill development in electrical systems. 

Science (5-12)
Science programs in OPS that focus on the physical and natural science with an emphasis on green technologies.  These programs are King Science & Technology Middle grades 5-8 and North High School grades 9-12.

Engineering (7-12)

The Engineering programs in OPS include Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences. PLTW has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students are found at McMillan Middle School grades 7-8, and North High School grades 9-12.

Career Center (10-12, with some grade 9 offerings)
The Career Center is a state of the art technical center offering 14 technical programs that explore careers in construction, automotives, broadcasting, culinary arts, health occupations, photography, and zoology.
  Students from all seven high schools in OPS may attend the Career Center.  Course offerings are concentrated at grades 10-12 with some grade 9 offerings. 
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This area of study includes human verbal and nonverbal methods of sharing information as well as the use of technology to enhance effective communications. In addition, visual and performing arts are also considered forms of communication. Advanced coursework in communication technology, art, music, drama, and computer science prepares students interested in careers such as broadcasting, writing, graphic design, filmmaking, and information technology.

Dual Language (Spanish, K-12)
Dual Language (Spanish, K-12) Students in the Dual Language Program are taught in two languages, English and Spanish.  Students will be able to speak, understand, read and write in English and Spanish. Students are in a regular integrated class. Parents have the option to apply for the Dual Language program in Kindergarten. This program is found at Castelar, Crestridge, Gomez, Jackson, Liberty, and Spring Lake Elementary schools; Beveridge, Marrs, and Norris Middle Schools; and South High School.

Focus School Program (3-12)
The Focus School Program provides students extra value learning experiences in the area of Leadership, Technology, and Communication.  At the elementary level, students experience an extended school year and school day.  This program is found at Wilson Focus, grades 3-6, Lewis & ClarkMiddle School grades 7-8, and Burke High School grades 9-12.

Communication and Electronic Media (5-8)

This program studies conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behavior. Electronic media, such as radio, television, and the computer are tools used when these two concepts are taught together.  This programs is located at Buffett Magnet Middle School grades 5-8.

Information Technology (5-12)
This program includes the study, design, development, application, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems. These programs are located at R.M. Marrs Middle School grades 5-8, and South High School grades 9-12. 

Visual and Performing Arts (7-12)
The visual arts are art forms that create works that are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture. Performing arts are art forms in which artists use their body or voice to convey artistic expression. These programs are located at Beveridge Magnet Middle School, and South High Magnet School.


If your Home Attendance Area (HAA) school is one of these specialty instructional programs, there is no need to apply to that school.  Please verify your HAA school

through and click  “Find My School” under the “Schools link." There you can type in your address to find your HAA school or you may call the Student Placement Office at 402-557-2710.

If your HAA school is not one of these specialty instruction programs and you want your child to attend, you will need to apply.  Applications for the 2015-2016 school

year will be sent home to all students in grades 4 (K-4 schools), 5 (K-5 schools), 6 (K-6 schools), and 8 through the current school’s home to school communication system by January 21, 2015. Families with students in other grades who are interested in applying should call Student Placement at 402-557-2710 to request an application.

Application Due Date:

January 26, 2015

School Selection: February 9, 2015

Selection Criteria: Space at the requested school, siblings at the requested school, integrative status of the requesting family *

* Integrative status is determined by family eligibility in the National School Lunch Program. Students who integrate their requested school and who apply through the selection process are also eligible for student transportation.