Educating Children in a Safe Environment
Seward’s Board of Education’s goal is to educate children in a safe environment, provide equal learning opportunities, and encourage students to strive for excellence. Board members are committed to fiscal and educational accountability so that all students will be successful in a changing world.
The Seward Public School District (accredited by the North Central Association and the State of Nebraska) covers 250-square miles, and has three facilities. Recent enrollment was 389 elementary (grades K-4) students, 351 middle (grades 5-8) students and 531 high school (grades 9-12) students. The computer to pupil ration is one to three in the middle and high schools and one to six in the elementary school.
An estimated 98 percent of eighth grade students finish high school. Approximately 83 percent of graduating seniors pursue a college degree, and 17 percent enter the job market.
In November 1999, Seward citizens unanimously passed a bond issue to support a $6.5 million high school expansion, which includes a new gymnasium, theater and athletic training facility. The new addition opened its doors in 2002.
Nine new classrooms were recently added to the Seward Elementary School to accommodate increased student enrollment. The addition includes a computer lab furnished with 25 computers. Seward Elementary offers an all-day kindergarten option.
Two parochial schools operate in the area. St. John Lutheran School, grades K-8, had an enrollment of 271 students in 2003-04. Its average annual tuition is $750. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, grades K-4, has an average annual tuition of $550 per student and a family maximum of $800. Its 2003-04 enrollment was 73 students.
Concordia University is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It offers quality graduate and undergraduate programs from popular fields like computer science, business, education and commercial art to specialized areas like pre-seminary and theology. Its current enrollment is around 1,300. Concordia also offers on-line classes, a degree completion program, and several cohort group graduate programs.
Southeast Community College-Milford is about 12 miles south of Seward. SCC is a multi-campus institution that had a 2003 enrollment of 9,672 students. The Milford campus, which has provided technical and vocational programs for students across the state since 1941, had a 2003 enrollment of 925 full-time students.
Annually, Milford places 96 percent of its graduates within 60 days of graduation. It offers 24 different programs that lead to an associate of applied science degree — including architectural engineering, automotive technology, building construction, graphic design and electrical engineering.
St. Gregory the Great Seminary, a four-year undergraduate school for prospective Catholic priests, opened its doors in Seward in 1998.