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Academics

School Overview

At Boys Town, children attend year-round academic classes at two state-accredited schools. Younger kids (grades 4 through 8) go to Wegner Middle School, while ​older students attend classes at Boys Town High School. Children who leave Boys Town before high school graduation can transfer their academic credits earned to their community high school.

Boys Town High School is proud to offer many AP classes in numerous subjects for our students to take advantage of, as well as many courses to help students get career ready.

All children receive an academic evaluation when they come to Boys Town to help assess their current educational level and learning needs.

Academic testing includes:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Language
  • Writing

All of our teachers are certified by the State of Nebraska. The Boys Town’s year-round school program offers traditional academic curriculum that focuses on helping students – especially those who are behind in their schoolwork – find success in the classroom and get back on track so they can graduate.

  • Special Education

    If a student requires special education services, we provide an IDEA-compliant program that includes special education assessments performed by a licensed psychologist and access to occupational, physical and speech/language therapies. Master’s-level certified teachers plan and deliver daily academic and behavioral instruction.

    Some of our students come to Boys Town with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). For these students, Boys Town teachers will follow the IEP to ensure that students are able to reach their educational goals.

  • Career Readiness

    Teaching youth skills that will help them find a job and thrive as adults after they leave our residential program is nothing new for Boys Town. Throughout our over 100-year history, we have prided ourselves on preparing our students to make their mark in the real world as productive, hard-working citizens.

    At the Center, students can find their passion, learn specific workplace skills and build connections with potential employers and mentors while completing their required academic courses for graduation.

    1. Communications and Media Sciences
    2. Construction
    3. Health Occupations (students can earn their CNA while enrolled at Boys Town)
    4. Small Engines
    5. Welding (Registered Apprenticeship)
    6. Graphic Design
    7. Culinary Arts
    8. Auto Mechanics

    Planned Future Course Offerings:

    • Landscape Design

    Combined with the life skills and relationship-building strategies they learn as part of their Family Home families, these boys and girls are making huge strides toward a better life.​

  • Clubs and Activities

    • Band
    • Choir
    • Art
    • JROTC
    • Science
    • Crochet
    • Chess
    • HOSA (students can earn a CNA Certificate)
    • Key Club (service group)
    • … Any many more!
  • Christian-Service Activities

    In addition to school activities, all Boys Town youth are required to complete 24 hours of Christian Service each year. The ultimate goal is to teach Boys Town youth the importance of being a good citizen by volunteering. It is our hope that by practicing service, this skill will generalize into adulthood so that someday, Boys Town alums may serve as a volunteer coach, volunteer at their child’s school, shovel for an elderly neighbor, cook meals for a family in need, and, most importantly, treat others with kindness and respect.

    There are many all-campus Christian Service opportunities for boys and girls to participate in while at Boys Town:

    • Serving at the Sienna Francis House, an Omaha homeless shelter
    • Honey Sunday, to raise money for the developmentally disabled
    • Operation Christmas Child
    • Salvation Army Bell-Ringing
    • Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart
    • Special Olympics
    • And many more!