Education

School District No. 29 in Auburn includes the towns of Auburn, Brownville, Howe, Julian, Peru, and the surrounding area in southeast Nebraska. The district covers 159 square miles and had a 2015–16 actual valuation of $608,185,377, with an actual valuation per student of $740,786. Auburn Public Schools is accredited by the State of Nebraska and a regional accreditation agency, AdvancED.

The 2013–14 school operating expenses totaled $9,613,243, with an average cost per pupil of $12,355.

Educators in the district strive to provide excellence in education for its more than 800 students. Differentiated instruction allows teachers to meet the varied needs of students. A high ability learner (HAL) program includes enrichment camps, HAL diploma program, advance classes, and academic competitions. High school students may also enroll in Advanced Placement, online, and/or dual credit classes. A school improvement process guides teachers and administrators in setting goals, assessing academic progress, and developing new instructional strategies to address students’ needs. Currently, teacher staff development focuses on improving reading and math instruction, and integrating technology in instruction.

Calvert Elementary and the Middle School/High School had additions in 2009 at a cost of $5.2 million. In 2011, the school invested $300,000 into technology infrastructure upgrades and computers. The high school gymnasium was renovated in August 2014 at a cost of $220,000. The renovation includes a new gym floor and new bleachers.

Based on the 2014 results of the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessment tests in reading, math, and science, Auburn Public School ranked first in reading and second in math. Auburn High School was compared with 39 other schools in Class C-1.

Calvert Elementary and the Middle School/High School had additions in 2009 at a cost of $5.2 million. In 2011, the school invested $300,000 into technology infrastructure upgrades and computers. The high school gymnasium was renovated in August 2014 at a cost of $220,000. The renovation includes a new gym floor and new bleachers.

Based on the 2014 results on the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessment tests in reading, math, and science, Auburn Public Schools ranked in the top 25% of all schools in Nebraska on all three tests. Auburn was compared to 249 other public schools in Nebraska.

Auburn Public Schools named One of Only Five Districts to Earn NDE’s Excellent Rating!

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Calvert Elementary

Educational Service Unit

Educational Service Unit 4 (ESU 4), headquartered in Auburn, is an intermediary agency that serves Pre-K–12 schools in Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties. ESU 4, like all Nebraska Education Service Units, provides support resources that may be difficult for small, rural schools to provide. Thus, each school may select and contract for services based on its needs. Examples of services purchased by Auburn Public Schools are: Internet connectivity support, technology staff development, professional development for educational staff, and health care screening. Currently, Auburn Public Schools, ESU 4, and Head Start partner to provide early childhood programs for the district’s preschool students.

Special Services

Southeast Nebraska Developmental Services (SENDS) has been providing support to adults with intellectual disabilities in the Auburn area since 1973. SENDS is part of Region V Services, a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, primarily serving 16 counties in the southeast corner of the state. SENDS provides day services and residential services. Support includes: opportunities for community participation, support in developing social skills, teaching independent living skills, and assisting in securing and maintaining jobs in the community.

Higher Education

An abundance of public colleges and universities are available in Nebraska. There are also a number of community colleges as well as private colleges and trade schools. A large number of degree programs are available and some institutions offer courses and workshops specially tailored to meet specific training needs of industry, education, and business.

Several of Nebraska’s universities are ranked as national leaders at making quality education affordable.

College

Miles

Peru, NE
Peru State College

12

Beatrice, NE
Southeast Community College

52

Bellevue, NE
Bellevue University
Nebraska Christian College

56

Maryville, MO
Northwest Missouri State University

59

Omaha, NE
Bryan College of Health Sciences Clarkson College
College of Saint Mary
Creighton University
Grace University
Hamilton College
Joseph’s College of Hair and Beauty
ITT Technical Institute
Kaplan University
Metropolitan Community College
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Vatterott College

63

Lincoln, NE
Bryan College of Health Sciences
College of Hair Design
Kaplan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Southeast Community College Union College
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

69

Crete, NE
Doane College

75

St. Joseph, MO
American College of Technology
Missouri Western State University
Vatterott College

81

Fremont, NE
Midland University

99

Kearney, NE
University of Nebraska at Kearney

198