The Grand Island Public Schools District
The Grand Island Public Schools is a comprehensive school system offering education to students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students identified with special needs are served through a three-county comprehensive special education cooperative, Central Nebraska Special Services Program (CNSSP).
The district includes fourteen elementary schools, three middle schools, an alternative middle school, one senior high school, and an alternative high school. Combined, these buildings house approximately 8,000 students.
The School District of Grand Island is proud of the energy, creativity, commitment, caring, and high standards for professionalism displayed by its staff. The district employs approximately 1,300 staff members.
Click on the Grand Island Public Schools website to find more information on Grand Island Senior High, Middle Schools and a listing of all Elementary Schools. www.gips.org
Grand Island also offers education through three other schools:
Northwest Public Schools District
Northwest Public Schools is a Class III school that educates students K-12. The total school system is accredited by the State of Nebraska Department of Education and the high school by the North Central Accreditation Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
The Northwest District serves students in five attendance centers, consisting of four K-8 buildings and one 9-12 building. Those sites include 1-R, Cedar Hollow, St. Libory, and Chapman at K-8 buildings, and the 9-12 Northwest High School. As a district, the Northwest Board feels it is important to continue a neighborhood school concept and assure students in the northwest area that they have the option of attending the neighborhood high school Northwest along with any of their elementary attendance sites.
As of September 2008, Northwest High School had a student enrollment of 698 students in grades 9-12. Student enrollment in the four feeder schools was 723. Total enrollment in the Northwest District was 1,421.
Grand Island Central Catholic
Central Catholic was founded in 1956. Today, Central Catholic consists of a middle school for grades 6-8 and a high school for grades 9-12.
Central Catholic is fully accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and North Central Association of Colleges & Schools. All members of the administrative and teaching staff are certified by the State of Nebraska.
Central Catholic is primarily a college preparatory institution. At the middle school level, emphasis is placed on learning basic skills and exposing students to a wide variety of learning opportunities in a highly structured environment. At the high school level, a broad range of courses are offered to meet the individual needs of students. Religious instruction is an integral part of the curriculum for both middle school and high school students. .
Heartland Lutheran High School
The history of Heartland Lutheran High School begins in 1992 when a small group of people came together to discuss the feasibility of Lutheran secondary education in Central Nebraska.
After years of hard work, prayer, and God's guidance, Heartland Lutheran High School opened its doors for the 2000-2001 school year.
Heartland Lutheran High School is a ministry of Christian education owned and operated by the Lutheran High School Association of Central Nebraska, Inc., an association of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations. HLHS is operated in agreement and compliance with the doctrine and practice of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
After many years of growth and changes, in 2006 the new building that included classrooms, offices, and a gymnasium was finished and changed many ways of doing things at HLHS! They now had room to grow and it was apparent that HLHS was here to stay!
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2006 - 12
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Grand Island Christian School
In the Fall of 1979, a handful of Godly men met together to discuss an alternative to public school education in the Grand Island Area. Having witnessed the gradual removal of Christian influence, including prayer, from public education, they felt it was time to form a Christian school that could be based on God's Word.
Shortly thereafter, Grand Island Christian School opened its doors for the first time, with 2 teachers and 19 students. As God has given the school growth, they have moved from a small, rural setting, to rented space, finally to their current location at 5-Points in Grand Island in 1996.
The school is private, state-approved and inter-denominational, operated under the charter of Grand Island Christian School, Inc.
Their mission statement is: Grand Island Christian School exists to train students to see all of life through the truth of scripture while deepening their desire to love God with their whole heart, soul and mind.
Visit Grand Island Christian School’s website at: www.gichristian.org
Grand Island offers college education through these opportunites:
Central Community College
Central Community College is a multi-campus community college serving a 25-county area in central Nebraska—approximately 14,000 square miles with a population of more than 300,000.
CCC offers 33 career and technical education programs with a focus on degree, diploma and certificate programs requiring two years or less to complete. The college also offers an academic transfer program for students who want to complete the first two years of a bachelors degree before transferring to a 4-year college or university.
In addition, the college offers classes in communities throughout its 25-county service area, online learning, and training and development for businesses, industries and other organizations.
Central administration is located in Grand Island. Three main campuses are located in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings. Educational centers are located in Holdredge, Kearney and Lexington. Additionally, CCC uses a variety of distance learning techniques to provide educational services in some 90 communities in its service area.
College Park, located at 3180 W. Highway 34 in Grand Island, is a unique facility which provides bachelor and master degree programs from Doane College; associate and continuing education courses from Central Community College; research-based information in agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family economics, community and economic development and 4-H / youth development from the Hall County extension office; classes from the Central Nebraska Area Health Education Center; and the "Live from the Park" performing arts series hosted by College Park. More information is available at 308-385-6400
Doane's Grand Island college campus is specifically designed to meet the needs and objectives of learners who have to juggle their college education with responsibilities as career professionals and parents. As a student in the adult learning courses you'll discover:
- A rich selection of degree and course options
- Faculty who combine impressive academic qualifications with extensive professional experience.
- Small, conveniently scheduled programs and a curriculum flexible enough to meet your individual needs.
- A friendly community where you can make connections of lifelong value with classmates from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds.
Joseph’s College of Beauty
Joseph's Colleges of Beauty and Barbering not only offers you an education but a career as well in both men's and women's hair design. Joseph's has been under the same ownership since 1965 and with 8 locations in the state of Nebraska, have trained thousands of licensed cosmetologists and barbers. Joseph's is accredited by
the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) and the Nebraska Department of Health-Cosmetology Division.
Joseph Cuva makes it a point to meet each student personally at each location. That's right, there is a Joseph, and he is a licensed cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor in the state of Nebraska!
Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center
The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center is dedicated to educate, train, and evaluate law enforcement officers; as well as regulate statewide training academies and mandated programs, to ensure all meet state certification requirements as established by the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice through the Police Standards Advisory Council.
The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center is an open enrollment institution to all applicants meeting admission standards. Historically, the majority of entry-level students in each class have been employees of a law enforcement agency at the time of their admission.
The minimum age of students is set by statute at 21 years of age. There is no statutory maximum age.
The minimum educational requirement for admission is a high school diploma or GED.
Visit the Law Enforcement Training Center website at: www.nletc.state.ne.us