EPS Earns National Recognitions

EPS Earns National Recognitions

Best Public Education District in Nebraska
Elkhorn Public Schools was recently named the “Best Public Education District in Nebraska” by Business Insider.  The list was determined based on the following factors: the strength of academics, health and safety, diversity, and the quality of teachers, with EPS earning A+ rankings in three of the four categories. For the full report, please visit https://goo.gl/LnHR9K.

2018 Best School Districts in America
Of over 9,500 eligible districts, Elkhorn Public Schools was recently ranked number 311 and one of only two districts in Nebraska named to the “2018 Best School Districts in America” list, compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.  Districts on the list were reviewed and ranked based on several factors, including school funding, poverty rate, drop out rate, and student performance.   For the full report, please visit https://goo.gl/ryYLdA.

100th Percentile for Learning Growth
The New York Times recently reported results from a Stanford University study that looked at the amount of learning growth that is achieved by districts across the nation. Elkhorn Public Schools was scored at the 100th percentile, which is the top possible rating in the study. The review indicated that EPS students achieved 6.4 years of growth during 5 years of school.  For the full report, please visit https://goo.gl/R3gTtK.




Superintendent Dr. Bary Habrock will be meeting with all EPS elementary and middle school PTO and booster groups in the coming weeks to address the District’s rapid growth and discuss plans for the future.  Community members are encouraged and welcome to attend any of the scheduled presentations.  A schedule of Dr. Habrock’s visits, listed in order of occurrence, is below and a copy of Dr. Habrock’s presentation can be found here.

  • Westridge – Tuesday, January 23 @ 6:30
  • EGMS – Tuesday, January 23 @ 7:30
  • West Bay – Monday, January 29 @ 6:00
  • Fire Ridge – Monday, January 29 @ 7:00
  • ERMS – Tuesday, January 30 @ 1:30
  • EMS – Thursday, February 1 @ 3:30
  • Arbor View – Thursday, February 1@ 6:00
  • Sagewood – Thursday, February 1 @ 7:00
  • Manchester – Monday, February 5 @ 6:00
  • Spring Ridge – Monday, February 5 @ 7:00
  • West Dodge – Tuesday, February 6 @ 6:30
  • Skyline – Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:30
  • Hillrise Elementary – Thursday, February 8@ 6:30
  • EVVMS – Wednesday, February 14 @ 12:30
  • ESHS – Wednesday, February 14 @ 7:00
  • EHS – Thursday, February 15 @ 7:00
EPS Named to 8th Annual AP Honor Roll

EPS Named to 8th Annual AP Honor Roll

For the sixth consecutive year, Elkhorn Public Schools has earned the honor of being named to the College Board’s 8th Annual AP® Honor Roll.  Nationwide, EPS is among only 450 school districts across the United States and parts of Canada being honored by the College Board with this placement for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while also increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

Inclusion on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data with the following criteria:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors.  During the 2016-2017 school year, Elkhorn students from both high schools took a total of nearly 1,300 exams and the total number of students taking these exams has more than doubled in five years. Reaching these goals and earning this honor indicates that EPS is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.

Athletics Classifications Updates, Conference Changes

A rapidly growing school district such as Elkhorn’s often creates change and, at times, uncertainty when it comes to athletics classification.  Particularly during this time of the school year, questions begin to stir about this topic, specifically, “when will we move to Class A?”  In order to provide as much clarity as possible at this time, please review the below considerations and variables that are used when determining athletics classifications:

  • Activities are broken up into sports according to each school’s enrollment numbers for grades 9-11.
  • Each fall, schools in the state of Nebraska, are required to report their grade 9-11 figures to the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) on the last Friday in September.
  • The NSAA waits for the official publication of this report from the NDE, using these figures to compile a rank-by-size order for their annual classification report.  These figures are traditionally available near the end of December.
  • Once the figures are available, the NSAA then uses this rank order to establish classification for each sport and event they sponsor.
  • These numbers are used for classification of schools for the following year (i.e. numbers turned in to the NDE in September 2017 will be used for classification for 2018-2019 school year).

According to NSAA rules, each activity has a different number of schools that make up their classifications and divisions.  This is mostly due to the number of schools participating, and “history” over time.  Every sport is on a one year cycle except for football, which follows a two-year cycle.

32 school in Class A             28 schools in Class A            26 schools in Class A _        Split # A&B            One Class

B & G Track                           Football  (2 year Cycle)        B & G Tennis                          Swimming

B & G Golf                             Volleyball                               (All others in B)

Wrestling                               Softball


B & G Basketball

B & G Soccer

B & G Cross Country

Classification Change – One change that will be implemented beginning in the fall of 2018 includes football being classified by the number of boys in grades 9-11 in a school.   A school with 425 or more boys, will now be considered Class A for the following two year scheduling cycle.  More information on how this change will affect both ESHS and EHS will follow.

Elkhorn South and METRO Conference Transition – Due to the numbers turned in during the 2016-2017 school year and the 9-11th grade enrollment numbers given to the NDE, a classification change was anticipated due to the thought that ESHS would become larger than both North Platte and Norfolk, moving ESHS into Class A in every sport.   In actuality, both North Platte and Norfolk districts grew proportionally, allowing ESHS to remain in Class B (in the larger sports with 28 teams) for the 2017-2018 school year.

Because the METRO Conference had already accepted ESHS for the fall of 2017, that agreement will be honored and ESHS athletics will move to the METRO Conference, an athletics-only conference, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.   With the move to the METRO Conference, ESHS will be competing against mostly Class A competition, as well as some Heartland Athletic Conference (HAC) and Eastern Mid Conference (EMC) Schools.   The METRO consists of the following 18 schools from 7 different districts:

OPS Millard Papillion LaVista Bellevue Elkhorn Archdiocese Westside
Benson Millard South Papillion LaVista Bellevue East Elkhorn South Creighton Prep Westside
Burke Millard North Papillion LaVista South Bellevue West Marian
Bryan Millard West


In conclusion, no change in classification is anticipated for the 2017-18 school year.  However, projections conclude that all ESHS sports will likely be in Class A for the 2018-2019 school year.  We anticipate that the enrollment numbers for ESHS that will be turned in to NDE in September 2017 will be approximately 955 students in grades 9-11.  Last year, North Platte turned in 900 and Norfolk turned in 902.  Interestingly, North Platte and Norfolk’s numbers included grades 9-12, and the change will require that only grades 9-11 (for football only) be submitted in 2018.  Therefore, it is projected that ESHS would be larger than both previously mentioned districts in the 2018-2019 school year.  Knowing that there are moving variables and classification happens by season, the following conclusions can be drawn from current projections:

  • 2017-18 School Year
    • Class B – Football, Volleyball, Softball, B&G Basketball, B&G Soccer, B&G XC, Baseball, Boys Tennis
    • Class A – Swimming, B&G Track, B&G Golf, Wrestling, Girls Tennis
  • 2018-19 School Year
    • Class A – All athletic programs
  • 2019-20 School Year
    • Class A – All athletic programs

Elkhorn High School Conference Affiliation and Classification:  There are no plans for Elkhorn High School (EHS) to change conferences due, in part, to the likelihood of a third high school in the near future which will result in splitting EHS into two Class B high schools.  There are also no anticipated changes to athletics classifications for EHS in the 2017-2018 school year.  However, given the change in how classification is determined for football, with it being determined by number of boys in grades 9-11, it is projected the EHS will be Class A for football for the 2018-2019 school year.  Knowing that there are moving variables and classification happens by season, the following conclusions can be drawn from current projections:

  • 2017-2018 School Year
    • Class B:  All athletic programs
  • 2018-19 School Year
    • Class A:  Football, B&G Track, B&G Golf, Wrestling, B&G Tennis
    • Class B:  Volleyball, Softball, B&G Basketball, B&G Soccer, Cross Country, Baseball
  • 2019-2020 School Year
    • Class A:  All athletic programs

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact Mark King (EHS) at 402-289-4239 or mking1@epsne.org or Roger Ortmeier (ESHS) at 402-289-0616 or rortmeier@epsne.org.



Partners in Education Mentoring Program

Partners in Education Mentoring Program

Elkhorn Public Schools is proud to sponsor the Partners in Education Mentoring Program, a cooperative effort of educators and community volunteers designed with an academic focus to provide on-going support for student success.  Adults from the community are paired with students who are struggling academically, socially or emotionally.  Mentors meet with their mentee weekly for 30 to 60 minutes.  Meetings are academic in nature and take place on school grounds.

The program has a slightly different format at each level. At the elementary level, the program can take place before, after or during school. Adult mentors are paired with elementary students who are struggling in one or more subject areas.

The middle school program is more individualized and usually takes place during a student’s study hall.

High school students who request a mentor work with their mentors during non-instructional time, including study halls, before school, or after school. Like the middle school format, the needs of the high school mentees are addressed on an individualized basis.

Elkhorn Public School’s Partners in Education Mentoring Program is seeking adult volunteers from our community to mentor students in grades K-12. Mentors are asked to volunteer for at least 30 minutes each week for the entire school year, and may indicate preferred grade levels and times. Orientation will be provided and each building has a facilitator available to answer questions.  For more information call (402) 289-2579.

You can be the difference in a student’s life!

Elkhorn Public Schools Partners in Education Mentoring Program


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20650 Glenn Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022

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