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Brownell-Talbot Schools

Private | PK-12 | 450 students

!00% of graduates go on to the college or university of their choice.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $167,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $620.

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4 stars

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2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 18 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted November 12, 2013

We currently have our 7th grade child attending Brownell, and our son graduated from brownell in 2013. Brownell has been the best thing we have done for our kids education. Our son that is now in college has stated that he has felt well prepared for college and he credits his education at Brownell for that. To us Brownell feels more like a family than just a school and our kids love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

There is a terrible bullying problems to this school that is constantly overlooked, someone needs to address it. As soo a so it is addressed the school will be 5 stars for sure. The academics are very rigorous and challenging. Straight path to the ivy leagues but not without being bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Great leadership, nice and profeesional teachers, smart and hard working students. small class size, over 80% studenst involved shcool actives. Highest acdamics standards Best shcool to send kids to the top colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

This school is a small, but competitive school. They include many options for fine arts, AP classes, and extra curricular activity. We are a small school and it's easier for teachers to concentrate on every student. If you need help with a class, then they will help you out right away. They want you to succeed. We also have a college counselor who tries her best to get you into the best college possible senior year. You have classes starting in 8th grade called college counseling where you learn about colleges. You also know almost everyone in your school since we are so small. It's easy to make friends and you don't have to worry about being popular or not. There are no groups/cliques, everyone includes everyone. We also have a house system (similar to Harry Potter) which I really enjoy. Freshmen year you are put into a house. It really helps you get closer with upperclassmen. I'm also in volleyball and we only have 11 girls on our team. It's really nice and enjoyable because you don't feel excluded.


Posted October 17, 2013

As parents we are the people who have the primary responsibility to guide each of the children under our care from conception to commencement. We are truly blessed and assured that having our son attends Brownell-Talbott is one of the best decisions that we have made. We have already seen positive results of that decision. First and foremost our son understands how fortunate he is to have a trusted, proven academic curriculum, qualified and caring faculty, available in each and every classroom through- out the campus. We are truly satisfied and most excited about the far reaching effect that will be a positive impact on anyone, anywhere that a capable, caring, educated student can have for a lifetime. We are unable to come up with a downside to sending our son to Brownell-Talbott. He is our son but we have no doubt that he will provide warmth and light to all who cross his path.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

We moved our two kids to Brownell-Talbot after becoming completely disillusioned and then finally disgusted with our highly rated public school system. We were stunned at how fast BT became a second home for our kids. They are both extremely challenged and highly engaged. They have developed study habits they never had before (and never really had to develop before), and they are outpacing their friends in the public school system. The focus on excellence permeates the school - being smart and doing well is the standard and the norm not the exception. The teachers are fantastic and our kid's new base of peers is just amazing. It's not cheap, but it's the best money we've ever spent and we'd move into a cardboard box if that's what it meant to keep our kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

BT is a wonderful school. He is excited to get up and go to school! It is a quality education impacting all fascists of his life. The teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

I am both an alumnus of BT & a proud parent. The things I loved about it during my time there are still present for my children to enjoy. The student body is diverse both culturally and philosophically. They offer a quality faculty with a fantastic teacher:student ratio. In addition to the curriculum, there are many sports & extra-curricular activities and the smaller enrollment offers students the chance to try multiple endeavors instead of perhaps being forced to specialize. The school uniform is not overbearing and helps eliminate any social divisions by keeping expensive fashion statements out of the equation. In short, I enjoyed my experience there and am proud to have my children attending & see them doing the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

I chose Brownell Talbot because of it small size and individual attention to each student. They both receive an excellent education. We have been happy with the school. It isn't worth the extra expense and they do charge for everything thing! It is double to triple the amount of any other private school in the area and doesn't seem worth the added expense. Both children are happy and thriving so I am happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

Omaha does not have many quality schools to choose from so if parents can afford Brownell Talbot it is worth the investment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

We are in our third year at Brownell-Talbot School, and we absolutely love the school. From an academic perspective it is beyond what any of the other schools in Omaha offer; and from a community perspective it truly is like having a second family. Because we believe so strongly in the school, we support the school in a vareity of ways, including financial, volunteering, donations, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

Our daughter attends Jr Kindergarten at Brownell Talbot and it has been an amazing experience. The teachers are very supportive and understand her needs and thinking style. We know the parents and we were welcomed to the community right away. Our daughter is excited to go to school each day and we have seen her growth as she has begun to think critically through problems. We are very happy that we chose Bownell Talbot, we looked at public schools but it felt like a factory education. Our daughter is shy and it takes a bit for her warm up to others. I think that she would have been lost in a public school. The financial sacrifice has been worth it for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

My daughter WANTED to go here so badly. She was bored in public schools with no hope of any offerings of advanced classes. They welcomed her at Brownell -Talbot, both staff and students. She has made wonderful friends in the 1 1/2 years she has been there (not an easy feat when you are in high school) and most importantly for her is that she is challenged on a daily basis academically. My only regret is not being able to send all my children there. If only all schools were this good at what they do, we as a nation would not be lagging behind but charging ahead of the world once again !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

Brownell is a great place that allows students to grow and mature while remaining a part of one big family. I'll forever treasure my time at B-T. It's a nurturing and caring place that produces students of high-caliber, ready to make a difference in the world.


Posted October 14, 2013

I appreciate the small class size and the challenging curriculum. I have seen many students graduate from B-T and go on to great college careers. The comment I hear most often from past grads and their parents is that they were so well prepared for the challenges of college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

PK, JK, K-12. Early childhood program starts for 3-year-olds (by July 31). The school has small class sizes elementary through high school. French and Spanish taught in elementary. Teachers are outstanding. Parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

I agree that this school is shockingly bad. There is a lot of bullying, and it is handled poorly. The academics are substandard, and they do not have a proper program for high ability learners. I regret all the time and money I wasted on this school. Be smarter than I was and send your child to Millard or Westside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2013

We switched to Brownell after I felt like my son was neglected in the public school. We are very happy with our decision, and so is he. The school is a great mix of kids- white, black, asian, indian with different religious beliefs. The teachers have expectations and give them a reasonable amount of homework. I absolutely love the fact that in 5th grade they have a different teacher for each subject, and he has a well equipped classroom for those subjects. Learning a foreign language is mandatory. They have PE every day, and swimming once a week. Through Veracross I can follow his grades, assignments.... Investing in my sons future through Brownell was the best decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

I'm a sixth grader at this school and I think it is just amazing. I went to 2 schools in India, but they were so horrible compared to BT that we moved back. The school has a strong focus on academics while still being good at sports. It's not like the snotty private schools on TV shows. It's also using state of the art technology like giving students email accounts, Veracross, Worplay.com, and individual domains. I also love that most of our computers are macs, so we get experiance with both major OSs.


Posted January 22, 2012

It is a great school for education. It also has a very traditional feel to it. It is certainly among the top private schools in the region.
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas, Ph.D.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (402) 553-2994

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • speech
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • speech

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Speech team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
More from this school
  • Brownell-Talbot School is Nebraska's only private, independent, coeducational school serving grades preschool through 12. Our student body comprises all major world religions and 32 percent diversity. Brownell-Talbot School is a safe, caring community dedicated to academic excellence and to preparing students for success in college and in life. Through experiences in academics, activities, and the arts, students learn passionately, think critically, act responsibly, and lead with integrity.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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400 N Happy Hollow Blvd
Omaha, NE 68132
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Phone: (402) 556-3772

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