Parents have lots of choices in Learning Community schools in Douglas and Sarpy counties. The Learning Community encourages parents to explore Open Enrollment to find a school that meets their child's needs.
Whether it’s for smaller class sizes, after school homework help or extracurricular activities, parents will find many choices.
Parents of K-12 students living in Douglas and Sarpy counties may apply to any Learning Community school district: Bellevue, Bennington, Elkhorn, Douglas County West, Gretna, Millard, Omaha, Papillion-LaVista, Ralston, Springfield Platteview, and Westside.
Three Easy Steps:
- Explore schools at LearningCommunityDS.org.
- Visit schools – call school principals to schedule tours.
- Apply online at LearningCommunityDS.org. The online application is convenient and available 24/7. You may also apply by mail, or deliver the application to the school district office of the school you're considering.
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Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties FAQ
Q: What is Open Enrollment?
A: Open Enrollment means parents can apply to send their child to any public elementary, middle or high school in Douglas and Sarpy counties. With 11 school districts to choose from, parents have lots of choices. The Learning Community encourages parents to explore Open Enrollment to find the right school for their child.
Q: Who gets accepted?
A: School districts may accept any student in the Learning Community, provided the school has room. Priority is given to students with a sibling continuing at the school and those who contribute to the school's socioeconomic diversity.
Q: How do I find the right school for my child?
A: Visiting schools is best way to know you’ve made the right decision. Call schools directly to schedule tours and talk with principals. Make a list of your child’s needs and bring a checklist with you. During your tour, ask about class sizes and how classes are scheduled. Ask to observe classrooms. Are teachers and staff engaged with students? Are classrooms good environments for learning? Ask about the school’s educational programs. Does the school have a strong focus on ready, math or the subject most important to you and your child?
Q: Can my child qualify for free transportation?
A: The only way to find out whether your child qualifies for free transportation is to submit an application. Students are more likely to receive free transportation if they live more than a mile from the requested school, qualify for free or reduced price lunch and/or attend a magnet school or focus school.
Q: When is the last day to apply?
A: Open Enrollment applications are due on March 15. Submit an application in just minutes online at LearningCommunityDS.org, by mail (must be postmarked by March 15), or in person at the school district office of the school you're considering (by 5 p.m. on March 15). School districts will notify families of Open Enrollment offers by April 5.