Scottsbluff Public Schools emphasize clearly articulated and aligned curricula that carry high expectations for all students, in all schools, in all classrooms. Clearly written Learning Guides drive our teachers’ instructional planning and are easily accessed on our website so parents can see what students are learning. Rigorous secondary course offerings extend an outstanding early childhood and elementary school foundation. Particularly important examples include honors course designations and accelerated coursework at the middle school as well as Advanced Placement, college level (dual) Credit, and expansive elective programming at the high school. SHS has a rich and consistent history of National Merit Scholars and graduates who regularly attend the top, most exclusive universities around the country.
Throughout elementary, middle and high school, all students have opportunities to participate in a remarkably deep and broad fine arts program in SBPS. One area of particular pride is music. Students thrive in a multitude of choral and instrumental music experiences including such examples as award winning and very popular middle and high school bands and dance teams, an all-level orchestra of over 100 students, and a variety of choirs and musical performances that showcase amazing talents of both budding and polished young talents. The addition of a top professional grade recording studio at SHS will enhance these opportunities even more. And, with the expansion of our K-12 art program and a full-time dedicated instructor into our elementary schools and the addition of modern graphic arts facilities to our current contemporary art studios at the middle and high schools, few educational programs and environments will rival what SBPS has to offer! Speech, drama, forensics, art and music and more all contribute to a comprehensive fine arts program at SBPS!
Thanks to the support and generosity of an amazing community, with the completion of the new Scottsbluff High School, SBPS stands alone in terms of the quality of its school facilities. Combined with the storied tradition of well-maintained and historical elementary schools, students’ PK-12 experiences – including a totally remodeled preschool and “birth-three” Sixpence facility – are unrivaled anywhere in the region. Integration of technology and state-of-the art facilities for learning can be used flexibly and responsively depending upon the individual and changing needs of students. At SBPS our educational environments are very special and enhance teaching and learning in very real ways, every day. And the best part is, they’re just getting better!
At the heart of any school district is its people. SBPS is able to attract the very best in all areas and it’s easy to see when one enters any of our schools. From the welcoming attitude of our secretaries in our school offices to our maintenance team that proudly cares for many tens of thousands of square feet of buildings and countless acres of lawns and fields, our support staff is driven by pride in excellence. Similarly, our teachers and principals approach their work with a districtwide commitment to “Every Child, Every Day” – our school district’s signature mission. SBPS teachers have been honored in recent years as Nebraska Teacher of the Year (Shelby Aaberg, 2015) and Nebraska Middle Level Outstanding Educator (Dave Griess, 2015). Lincoln Heights was identified as a National Title School of Excellence that same year. These examples are among the many that are reflective of the quality people we are so fortunate to have throughout all our schools.
Perhaps the greatest attribute of our school system is our community. The people of Scottsbluff have no higher priority than its children and this dedication is visible in so many partnerships that our district has with private business, local government and public agencies and individuals and families throughout this town. As evidenced by the 2014 overwhelming support of the new high school bond election, Scottsbluff’s people express these sentiments through much more than just words. Many dozens of area businesses have partnered with our Career Academies. Our “3E” (Every Child, Every Day, Everywhere) initiative has attracted nearly 100 citizens and more to step forward in the name of respectful, responsible and safe community behaviors for and of our children. We have a newly revitalized Scottsbluff School Foundation and an amazingly supportive Board of Education. SBPS is a great school district because it is part of such a great community of people!