Omaha Bryan High School was built in 1971 and named after Nebraska politician William Jennings Bryan. The building was originally built for student occupancy of 1,200 students. Bryan’s current enrollment stands at over 1,500 students and is projected to reach 1,700 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Bryan High School, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides a student-centered learning environment that cultivates character, embraces diversity, fosters academic excellence, and prepares students for post secondary opportunities and career readiness.
Through our school’s mission students will engage in activities focusing on local, national and global issues which require problem solving and critical analysis. Issues such as illiteracy and hunger are addressed through a proven career academy environment. Food insecurity and limited exposure to books and language are obstacles that low income families face. Any one of those obstacles can affect their school performance, cognitive development, and ability to learn. We have the ability to significantly impact and help eliminate the gap that affect people in our own community and invest in our students by providing the career readiness skills necessary to meet the demands of the 21st century.
It is our goal to raise $8.4 million dollars through private donations to build an expansion onto our existing school that will enhance our unique academy environment and provide the resources needed to fulfill our mission. This addition will directly impact 1300 students in the academies of Urban Agriculture and Food Science & Transportation, Distribution and Logistics or related pathways. By implementing our strategic plan we will be able to empower our students to meet the demands of an ever-growing global economy.
Our Unique Academy Approach
Bryan has adopted a unique pocket academy structure. Our career academies are small, personalized learning communities within Bryan High School that involve career based and service learning projects. Teachers from other subject areas work with the academy instructors to integrate curriculum and concepts into core academic subjects. Students are grouped together for specific classes throughout the day, which promotes a family-like atmosphere resulting in close student-teacher ties that ultimately impacts achievement. Our program follows the National Career Academy Coalition’s National Standards of Practice.
Urban Agriculture and Food Science Academy
Bryan is currently the only Omaha Public School to have an agricultural program and will soon become the largest FFA chapter in the state of Nebraska. In this academy, students utilize knowledge of both urban and traditional agriculture to be innovators in their field and positive members in the community. Agricultural themes are incorporated into their core coursework such as plant and animal science and food production. Students participate in various competitions and regularly attend field trips and conferences across the state. Vegetable and fruit gardens are managed by the students along with other landscaping projects throughout the campus.
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Academy
This academy was specifically designed for students who have an interest in transportation, distribution or supply chain management. To give students real-work experience, Bryan High School developed a partnership with First Book - a non-profit book bank that provides books to children in need. As a distribution center for First Book, Bryan keeps 5% of all books received and has been able to donate these books to over 35 organizations. More than 45,000 books, with an estimated value of $437,000, have been given to the community on behalf of our program.
In collaboration with our community, staff and students, we invite you to join us in supporting our capital campaign to grow and sustain our career academies. This will have a lasting impact on the development of our students, the growth of our educational partners, and the empowerment of our Bryan High School Families.
Your generosity is the key to making the successful completion of our academy addition possible and placing nutritious food and educational resources in the hands of those most in need throughout our community.
This historic campaign will advance educational excellence and make Bryan High School a change agent that impacts our students, their families, the community at large and the world beyond.