The education community in Fremont is accustomed to setting and exceeding rigorous standards – it’s a theme embraced by public and private education providers at every level in Fremont.
Fremont Public Schools was the first in Nebraska to receive District Accreditation, the highest and most rigorous level of recognition, from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement on September 7, 2006.
In April of 2011, Fremont Public Schools scored another “first” by earning a five-year extension to accreditation by AdvancED, the reconstituted accrediting agency of the combined North Central and Southern Associations.
Fremont’s public school district employs over 375 certified teachers whose commitment to 4,540 students translates to 80 percent of FHS grads attending post-secondary institutions.
Nine neighborhood elementary schools serve about 2,080 students in kindergarten through 4th grade. A new middle school is home to more than 900 sixth through eighth grade students and in 2012 a new, state-of-the-art fifth through sixth grade school will serve 800 students. Fremont High School, with 1,350 students in grades nine through 12, was recently renovated with the addition of more than 50,000 square feet of additional classroom and activity space. More infrastructure upgrades are now in progress.
Faith-based schools offer parents high quality alternatives to public schools. Archbishop Bergan Catholic is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and sets high academic standards for all students. More than 97 percent of graduating seniors from 2001 through 2011 chose to continue their education after leaving high school. Academic or extra-curricular scholarships were awarded to 74 percent of the 2011 graduates. Over 90 percent of students are involved in at least one extracurricular activity. The Bergan campus is comprised of a preschool/elementary building (grades preschool through sixth) and a middle school/high school building (grades seventh through twelfth).
Trinity Lutheran has provided a faith-centered education since 1884. Academics are enhanced through technology such as SMART boards in every classroom, a media center and wireless mobile computer labs. More than 85 percent of Trinity’s students score at or above grade level on standardized testing and over 35 percent were top 20 percent compared to students across the country.
Fremont is also home to Metropolitan Community College, now entering its 36th year. MCC offers programs that allow students to pursue a career path, general education courses, technical programs, degrees or certification. The Fremont Area Center features a state-of-the-art certified nursing assistant lab, EMT lab and a one-of-a-kind data center training lab. The nationally recognized green Data Center Management program, in collaboration with IBM, prepares students for careers in the design and management of energy-efficient data centers. The fastest-growing of all MCC locations, the center served 1,373 students in the 2009-2010 academic year, a 15 percent increase over 2009-2010.
Situated on 33 acres in the heart of Fremont, Midland University is a private, residential, liberal arts college with a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 12:1. Priding itself on its intensely personalized teaching approach, Midland offers undergraduate degrees in 50 majors, pre-professional areas and a growing list of master’s level programs.
Noted for excellence in its business, accounting, nursing, biology, psychology and human performance programs, Midland is a dynamic, growing campus that is broadening its appeal to students from all corners of the country. More than 500 Midland students compete in one or more athletic programs offered on campus. Often champions, Midland is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference competing at the NAIA level.
Reading, a fundamental element of learning, increases the drive for knowledge and inspires people to seek, search and explore for more information. A public library is a treasure chest for people who read.
With more than 90,000 printed books, 4,000 music CDs, 3,800 movies, over 150 magazines and newspapers, and the technology to access a world of online information, Fremont’s Keene Memorial Library is truly a treasure. Offering an array of programs appealing to youth and adults alike, the library also supports continuing education, genealogy, hobbyists, job seekers and foreign language needs. Visitors to the library have access to public-computers, free WiFi, Internet and email.
Summer reading activities and adult book clubs feed the hunger for discovery with regular speakers scheduled throughout the year. Keene Memorial library is an elixir for a bad mood, lifesaver while completing school assignments and a loyal companion by the bedside.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. ~ Dr. Seuss