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Keith County Schools have successfully created an academic environment where excellence in education, student academic progress, ongoing community support and individual student development are the primary focus. All schools within the county are dedicated to the mission that students will be provided with a safe and positive learning environment and the necessary tools to achieve academic excellence. This has been accomplished through a comprehensive plan of encompassing curriculum and personal development.

District 1, in Ogallala, offers a comprehensive Preschool-12 curriculum, articulated through the grades with planned skills and experiences designed to complement prior experiences. An emphasis on early literacy, with individual assessment and instruction, develops the initial skills necessary for continued academic success in the child’s educational experiences.

A K-12 Special Education program provides the specialized instruction designed to meet the needs of all students, birth to 21, who have found learning more challenging than others, or who might have physical or mental handicaps. The high school offers a wide range of learning opportunities for students, and extends its course offerings through distance learning classes, college classes and an alternative education program for students who learn best in a non-traditional setting.

Technology is an important aspect in the district’s approach to instruction and learning. Technology competencies are designed and assessed for both students and teachers. Multiple computer labs exist throughout the district, and in 2012-13, students in grades 9-12 will each be issued an iPad for their use during the school year. Advantages include the ability to teach social responsibility/digital citizenship for technology usage, the ability to teach students to deal with massive amounts of information the Internet provides, as well as students and staff all being on the same page.

Interscholastic sports and extracurricular activities play an important role in the Ogallala Public Schools’ planned experiences for the students, and are enthusiastically and proudly supported by the community. In addition to the traditional sports offerings, some of the activities available for student participation include Key Club, Drama, Speech, Band, Vocal Music, student clubs in Art, Science and Foreign Language, as well as the National Honor Society.

Several other schools in Keith County offer excellent educational opportunities. Paxton Public Schools offers a K-12 curriculum, and in 2010-11 added a new gym, locker and weight rooms, classrooms, office space, commons area and cafeteria. Students in grades 7-12 are issued a personal laptop for use during the academic year and grade school students have classroom access to computers. South Platte Public Schools also offer a K-12 curriculum.

Keith County offers two private Christian schools: St. Paul’s Lutheran School (Preschool-5th) and St. Luke’s Catholic School (Preschool-5th), where the student is offered an environment in which the school combines an emphasis on the basics of academics with a commitment to developing the Christian values of integrity, morality, responsibility and respect for the rights of others.

MID-PLAINS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
As a public institution of higher education, Mid-Plains Community College has four extended campuses to meet educational needs in 18 counties. The Ogallala Extended Campus serves Perkins, Keith and Arthur counties. Located at 512 East B Street South, the new MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus consists of five classrooms, a shop area, a large community room and distance learning capabilities. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to, transferable general education courses, computer and technical courses, as well as GED preparation and ESL/English as a Second Language. MPCC is committed to strengthening local business and industry by offering customized training and assisting with economic development efforts.

Keith County School Systems have made the educational needs and individual development of each student paramount, and strive to provide a setting where each child can maximize his/her potential with the long-term goal of becoming a responsible member of the community.

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