Maybe you have heard that Norfolk Public Schools is global. Absolutely it's global! Global on opportunity! Our students have the opportunity to take part in programs structured toward their goals for the future. Opportunities to be part of great partnerships. Opportunities to be among remarkable teachers. Opportunities to have great peer groups. Opportunities to learn in a diverse environment. The opportunities at Norfolk Public Schools are in place because of our multiplicity, our size, and our exceptional students and staff. These opportunities are expansive enough to discover something for every student's benefit, yet small enough for individual attentiveness. It's something we're absolutely proud of.
Norfolk Public Schools provides a distinctive educational curriculum to meet the needs of all learners in its quest to be a top-performing school that is a source of pride to students, parents, and community members. We serve 4100 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. All-day kindergarten is available in all seven elementary schools, and Lincoln offers a K-4 Montessori Program. The Middle School serves grades 5-6, Junior High serves grades 7-8, and our Senior High serves grades 9-12. In addition, the Alternatives for Success is a specialized program that provides an alternative, flexible learning environment for ninth through twelfth grade students. And, our High Ability Learner, or "Challenge," program serves intellectually gifted students in all our schools, as does our comprehensive special education program.
The district covers 68.8 square miles in Madison, Pierce, Stanton, and Wayne Counties. Norfolk Public Schools exceeds accreditation requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education. Norfolk High School also out-performs accreditation standards set forth by the AdvancED Commission.
The educational path at Norfolk Public Schools is designed intentionally for peak achievement. With an extensive variety of classes, all students are challenged and personally encouraged to find their individual route. Core courses push analytical thinking to teach our students to resolve problems, not simply memorize data. In a culture of those who only expend, our students will be the inventors and creators. NPS offers several specialized programs including Advanced Placement Classes, Dual Credit Courses with Northeast Community College and Nebraska Wesleyan, and Articulated Credit to Northeast Community College. Also offered are Health and Drafting Academies, Extensive Career and Technical Education Programs including Business, Marketing and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Technology, as well as Agriculture. Panther graduates leave high school ready to extend their learning, to contribute and to succeed.
Norfolk Public Schools believes that quality education begins with a quality staff, and also with collaborative partnerships with local businesses and community agencies. Since the first graduating class in 1889, Norfolk Public Schools, in cooperation with the community, have prepared students for the world beyond the walls of the schools. Dedicated teachers, hard-working students, and supportive parents ensure that NPS provides an outstanding educational journey for all. The staff is filled with experts in curriculum who also develop relationships with our students to ensure a successful educational journey. Our educators devote many hours to constantly improving their techniques and knowledge, with many of our teachers holding master's degrees. You will be impressed with the level of dedication shown to our students by the staff at Norfolk Public Schools.
The Board of Education
The six members of the Board of Education for the Norfolk Public Schools are elected at-large by registered voters of the school district. Elections are held every two years. Board of Education members serve four-year terms and receive no compensation for their work. The Board is responsible for establishing policies under which the school system operates. They must also act within the framework of rules set forth by the Nebraska State Board of Education and federal laws. Board members must represent the unique needs of the community. Current members of the Board of Education include:
- Mr. Bruce Mitchell
- Mr. Arnie Robinson
- Mrs. Tammy Day
- Mr. Robert Waite
- Mrs. Sandy Wolfe
- Dr. Patti Gubbels
The Norfolk Community
Nestled in northeast Nebraska, Norfolk offers everything you would expect: first-rate recreation, community celebrations, award-winning charm, unique shopping, and welcoming accommodations. Norfolk is in the heart of the Elkhorn River Valley of Madison County. U.S. Highways 81 and 275, and Nebraska Highways 24 and 35, intersect in Norfolk. Norfolk is 112 miles northwest of Omaha, 121 miles north of Lincoln, and 75 miles southwest of Sioux City, Iowa.