Elkhorn schools does not respect parent input. They lack strong leadership. They have build new schools that are already overcrowded. They hire more teacher aides than teachers. Students are not treated with respect.
Omaha Nebraska is a very successful, healthy, American mid-western city. Spreading west from Illinois, unions and socialism were stopped in their tracks here. As a result, Nebraska consistently had some low unemployment scores. In some comments I sense jealousy, intimidation and a desire for "social justice" where there should be American pride. This school is outstanding. I am a former student of this school. I transferred from a school in the south that was in the throws of busing students. Today nothing has changed there, that school gets a Great School rating of 2.
i used to be a student at elkhorn high. i have since transferred halfway through my junior year to a small school past Fremont. Some of the education programs are great. The science, japanese, and shop classes are all taught quite well. But some of Elkhorn High's Math and English teachers seem to care less if you passed the class or not.
I am a parent of a soon to be graduate. Not only has my career seen our family move from TX, to PA(twice), to CA, and now NE in the last 10 years, but I went to the same high school all 4 years. I will submit that Elkhorn, by far, has been the most involved from a post-graduation standpoint and guided my son to the right activities for the continuance of his education. Like most high school boys however, including myself once upon a time, if left to their own devices, overachieving to better position themselves for the future comes in a distant 4th place behind girls, sports, or simply fun. Hence, no matter how poor or great the system is structured for your child to succeed, it is the responsibility of each and every parent to ensure their child is prepared for life after the innocence of high school.
I would have to say the last post smelled of sour grapes, and for reasons unknown. I transferred into Elkhorn in 8th grade. I was not wealthy by any means. I was friends with kids of all backgrounds - jocks, drama, journalism, SOC, some were considered 'cool' and some were not. Teachers were very demanding, but very supportive. I would send my child to EHS in a heartbeat.
I think that Elkhorn Schools are fantastic. The Parents are involved, administration is enthusiastic and in control, facilities are exceptional, and the teachers are great. Having had three kids graduate from Elkhorn and a third there now, I couldn't have been more pleased with all the school has done.
I have had three children go through the entire Elkhorn School System and would highly recommend it to anyone. The high school has a normal student body with kids who are seen as more popular than others--that's high school. Teachers are fair and don't care who has money. Great school!
I am a recent graduate of elkhorn high school and still have another sibling attending. I have lived elkhorn for about 10 years and played sports year round for the elkhorn antlers all four years I attended. I am willing to admit that my family is not one of the wealthy ones by far. but i still got a great education and got along with all the adminstration and staff. There may be some cliques but those soon diminish and everyone begins to hang out with everyone. It is a great school with a great student body and awesome facilities. My other sibling still attending the school is loving it and is glad she/he still has another year to attend. Everybody in the elkhorn community is very involved one way or another with the school and very friendly with one another as well. If I could go back I would.
EHS provided me with endless opportunities of extracurricular involvement and academic pursuit. With the help of encouraging and flexible teachers and coaches, during my time at EHS I participated in such activities as the National Mock Trial team, Varsity Choir, Varsity Cheerleading, Student Council, National Honor Society, and Students Against Destructive Decisions. These are only a few of the dozens of activities offered to students. As a junior in college, I am also realizing first-hand the academic headstart I have versus my college classmates. My teachers at EHS provided me with a very challenging, well-rounded education which has prepared me for success at the collegiate level. I can honestly say that the teachers at Elkhorn always kept my educational future as first priority, as opposed to national test scores or taking the easy way out. Thanks!
I am also a graduate, not a parent, but let me tell you that the first post is quite reactionary and overstated. Yes, the district is wealthy, but a motivated student can get along just fine. I was middle class and had an excellent education with lots of attention from teachers. I still occasionally keep in touch with some faculty after 3 years. Also, the new principal is excellent and a returning administrator. For those looking at transfering in a student, Elkhorn is also very unusual in that it is very welcoming to new students. A new student creates quite a buzz and the new kid is usually very popular when they first come in. Let me end with this. Elkhorn is not perfect. No school is. A student can have a wonderful or awful experience, and the majority of that responsibility is on the student himself.
I am not a parent of someone that went to Elkhorn. I actually went there and graduated in the spring of 2004. It is a very academically challanging school...in fact...nebraska school board rated it one of the hardest and best academic public schools in nebraska. They are also well known for having great atheletics and awesome sportsmanship. Overall I would say that I wouldn't pick any school over elkhorn. I don't see how people say that it is really clique. How do these parents know? They didn't go to the school themselves. For the most part, everyone is nice to everyone. Its a great school!
I have had 3 children with very different personalities and skill levels attend this school and am very satisfied with the dedication and commitment of the staff. A strong mentoring program and dual enrollment for college credit are just two ways they make the most of a child's motovation. Parent involvement and communication are welcomed here. There are boundless opportunities for students to get involved. Elkhorn High has won it's conference annual Sportsmanship award for several years running. There are academic teams as well as athletic teams of excellence here. With a total school enrollment of about 900, it is small enough to be a close-knit group and large enough to offer many opportunities. This is an outstanding school.
I recently graduated from elkhorn high, and have gone there for 7 years, although i was not raised in elkhorn. I have to admit this schoool definitely has many cliques. Yes, lower and middle class families do have get treated differently, you have to understand that, this is how they were raised. They grew up with money. I will admit that I was not the wealthiest nor lower class. I did have to make an extra effort for any attention at school. It's much different for parents to see on the outside and just observe their child than for the students to be in inside competing for attention. It definitely is a 'have it or you dont' community. I will admit that I didnt mind the school, there was some feeling left out just cause I didnt play sports, but all in all- the education is great, I wouldnt change schools.
I've had two children attend this high school. While this is a very rich district it is apparent the influence of money and/or longtime residency in the district plays a major role in your childs chances at success in the classroom and at opportunities in extracurricular activites especially sports. Located on the outskirts of Omaha, Elkhorn Public Schools is reaping the benefits of the exodus of the weathly of Omaha to the rural environs. The high school administration and super have no control over their high school staff at either an educational level nor of their coaching staff. The high school enrollment is a 'have it or you don't' population. It's not unusal to see 16 yr olds in 'Beamers', very clicky enrollment. High school staff devote their time and effort to the kids of the wealthiest and most influencial of parents neglecting the middle class and lower.
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