2017 Best Public High Schools in Nebraska

The 2017 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings.
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    Millard North High School

    • Omaha, NE
    • 307 reviews
    Niche User:I thought it was a great school I loved it and was also extremely involved. I made lifetime friends, and relationships with teachers. They staff and students are great and I would want everyone to come here. I'm so glad I came here.
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    Elkhorn High School

    • Elkhorn, NE
    • 86 reviews
    High School Senior:Elkhorn High School because of its size has given me enorous amounts of opportunities, and I can honestly say that every staff member cares. The school has rigorous coursework, but less than other schools in the same area. The first couple years are planned, so there is little variation among students which, also, leads to less class options and opportunities. However, I loved it here.
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    Millard West High School

    • Omaha, NE
    • 324 reviews
    Niche User:I loved Millard West. I have a lot of pride for this school. I believe that the faculty had set me up for success in future education, and real life experiences.
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    Westside High School

    • Omaha, NE
    • 460 reviews
    High School Senior:Westside is a school where I truly understand the American standard of equal opportunity. Sports venues are of the highest quality, from security to school pride. I would without a doubt trust the staff to take care of my children both in school and during sports games. The educational quality here is one of the best in the country, which has been widely improved since mandatory individual laptops were issued to all students in the early 2000's. I can get ahead in this school, and Westside also is the best when it comes to college preparation. Being a senior, I have noticed that all upper class-based classes are taught at a college-pace, therefore greatly conditions me for the realities of college life. If you are committed to your education, Westside is committed to you. If I could compare this school to a college, I would say that Westside is similar to UCLA.
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    Southwest High School

    • Lincoln, NE
    • 269 reviews
    High School Senior:I love block scheduling! It allows kids to double up in math, language, you name it! You're able to take more classes in a block schedule setting. Lastly long classes help prepare me for the long lectures, labs, and classes in the college setting as well.
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    Lincoln East High School

    • Lincoln, NE
    • 192 reviews
    High School Senior:Since coming to Lincoln East, I have made so many more friends than I ever thought I would. I have become involved in multiple clubs and activities, and have become a leader among my classmates and peers. I spend time volunteering in the community and at school, and strive to make the world around me a better place where everyone can feel as accepted and loved as I have felt here at Lincoln East.
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    High School Senior:Its an awesome school that helps many different learning speeds. Its education is the 5th best in Nebraska. I would love to raise my kids here. The small town feel makes everyone a family.
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    Auburn High School

    • Auburn, NE
    • 70 reviews
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    Central High School

    • Omaha, NE
    • 250 reviews
    High School Senior:For four excellent years I've been attending Omaha Central High School. And now I'm a senior. Some of my favorite experiences there have to be the games. You can feel the support and spirit the students have for the school. What makes this school unique is the people. We bring it together, we're a family here. No one gets left alone. Everyone there participates and comes together as a community. I would definitely choose to attend this school all over again if I had the chance because you have fun while you learn.
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    Lincoln High School

    • Lincoln, NE
    • 182 reviews
    High School Senior:My experience at Lincoln High, has actually kind of changed my life in a way. The faculty, staff, coaches, and students are all so kind and generous to me. It makes this school feel like home to me. From sports to education, the work that is done here is just outstanding. This school is a perfect fit for me in many ways because it meets my needs and desires.
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    Bellevue West High School

    • Bellevue, NE
    • 241 reviews
    Niche User:The physics department is great I really like this class and the teacher made it very interactive for the students to keep them interested and engaged.
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    York High School

    • York, NE
    • 30 reviews
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    Papillion-La Vista South High School

    • Papillion, NE
    • 164 reviews
    High School Senior:Overall, my experience here has been great. Ever since the beginning of freshman year, the teachers have always been helpful, as well as the upperclassmen. Ending this senior year, the teachers have only grown to be more positive and knowledgeable in their subjects. The in-school activities as well as the out-of-school activities are well recognized in the school, and the administrators and students both realize the need to support all departments, from athletics to fine arts, to be sure that every student has a place to express themselves and feel comfortable.
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    Lincoln Southeast High School

    • Lincoln, NE
    • 235 reviews
    High School Senior:I think it's amazing how a freshman can interact with a senior in many cases without feeling intimidated or inferior.

    I transferred to this public school from a private school lifestyle, so I really miss the uniforms.
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    Gordon-Rushville High School

    • Gordon, NE
    • 18 reviews
    High School Sophomore:It is the best because I went to school in Gordon and they had a lot of bullying between the students. In Cody, everyone is nice to each other and we get along with people outside the school and in school. There are times were students don't get along but they don't make a big deal about it. They just go that person and talk to them so they can get it figured out. We all love being in school. The sports there are amazing. Everyone gets included and we act like a real team. We talk to one another to try to get better.
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    Paxton High School

    • Paxton, NE
    • 20 reviews
    High School Junior:I absolutely love my school. I've had the time of my life while being here and wouldn't trade it for the world. I've never felt more welcomed and safe in my whole life. Our school has plenty of sports, clubs and activities to fit everyone's needs. It's the perfect place for any student looking to make friends, succeed in sports and in academics, and have a great time while knowing that you are safe and secure. It is like I never left home that's how much I love it. If I could go back and pick my school again I would. I've met lifelong friends and had a great time while doing it. The best choice that I have ever made! My school rocks and I'm not afraid to say that. Keep up all the great work you do for your students and staff! :)
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    High School Senior:Papillion -Lavista is an outstanding school surrounded by a great community. Everyone supports each other and receives continuous encouragement because this school is like a family. Teachers, administrators and staff are wonderful and care a lot about each and every student.
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    Bennington Secondary School

    • Bennington, NE
    • 39 reviews
    High School Senior:I have enjoyed my past four years here. I will miss the amazing friends i have made. The athletics have been very enjoyable, even though the coaches have not been the best. Bennington's choir director was very driven. He made me want to be a part of the choir in eigth grade, I hated to sing. As senior, I can say I enjoy going to choir everyday.
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    Hartington-Newcastle High School

    • Hartington, NE
    • 33 reviews
    Niche User:It is a small town school that a lot of people support. Everyone can participate in anything they choose to, so they can have a full high school experience. The teachers also want you to succeed and will spend time after school to help you better understand the material.
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    Chadron Senior High School

    • Chadron, NE
    • 65 reviews
    High School Senior:If I where're to choose this school again I would. Chadron Senior High School has offered amazing opportunities and has always been a place I can call home. The school is very unique and has created many of my favorite experiences such as, participating in different activities: student section, musical, and sports.
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    Norris High School

    • Firth, NE
    • 66 reviews
    High School Junior:The students are Norris are friendly and welcoming to everyone. I have made many new friends while enrolled. Norris is a small school which causes the whole Norris community to be close to each other. I would choose to go to Norris again, because the staff members are supportive and the students are friendly.
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    Freeman High School

    • Adams, NE
    • 21 reviews