Norfolk Education

Norfolk families value education and our commitment shows this in more than test scores. Of course, we have plenty to brag about in that corner:

• An astonishing 90 percent of our students graduate high school, compared to the 81.7 percent national average.

• 76 percent of high school graduates go on to a college setting.

• Nebraska ranks fifth in student-teacher ratios at 14.5 to one.

• We rank high in computer availability, with 64 percent of our teachers using the Internet half the time to deliver classroom instruction, compared to a 33 percent national average.

• Norfolk students score above the state and national averages on college entrance exams.

In the public arena, we offer nine elementary schools (including a K- 3 Montessori school), a middle school, junior high and high school, educating more than 4,400 students. Additionally, private and parochial systems enroll another 1,500 children.

Our curriculum not only covers the basics but also offers specialized tracks for business education, gifted/advanced, technology, industrial technology and visual arts. Many participate in the state’s six-year-old School-to-Work program that partners high school students with businesses to prepare them for realistic career expectations.

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