Who We Are
Like any meaningful human endeavor, education can get pretty complicated. It’s easy to get so caught up in all the intricacies and differing perspectives that clarity gets lost and little real progress ever gets made.
However, it’s exciting for us to say - and say with confidence - that Scottsbluff Public Schools remain focused. Goals are clearly articulated, priorities are well evidenced and we are getting better all the time.
Our students are thriving in multiple areas of academics, athletics and activities. Test scores and graduation rates are up. The finest high school facility in the region is being built thanks to strong community support. District enrollment continues to grow. Our students and our teachers are accomplishing great things together.
Welcome to Scottsbluff Public Schools! You will find that our district has all of the big city opportunities that larger school districts have, but we offer a small town atmosphere and close-knit community as well. At Scottsbluff Public Schools our mission statement is:
Every Child, Every Day Everywhere!
We strive for excellence in academics and recognize that we are growing future leaders and active community members. Our teachers and staff are among the very best and are committed to helping each student find individual achievement through instruction and example.
There are ten educational facilities in the district, including one early childhood school (three and four year olds), five elementary K-5 schools, one middle school (grades 6-8) and one senior high (grades 9-12). Additionally, we have CHOICES, a smaller, personalized program for students seeking a more “hands-on” learning environment and ReConnect, a drop-out prevention and retrieval program for youth aged 17-21.
Scottsbluff Early Childhood Program
Four preschool classrooms are located in the Scottsbluff Bear Cub Preschool. The newly remodeled center is designed to meet the individual developmental needs of children ages 3-4. Three teachers work cooperatively to teach lessons that focus on active learning. Children receive special one-on-one attention from educators, as there is one adult for every 5 children in the preschool. Programming is offered on a half-day and full-day basis. Enrollment is typically filled very early each spring, so early registration is encouraged.
Five elementary schools provide a quality education for an estimated 1500 students. The schools have a number of unique programs and curricula to ensure the academic success of every student, including: Small Class Size; Technology in the Classrooms; School Breakfast Programs; After School Programs; Balanced literacy/guided reading programming; and well aligned, rigorous curricula.
Additionally, SBPS elementary schools provide innovative applications of technology into all classrooms and incorporate sound instructional strategies grounded in a relationship driven environment of consistently high expectations for all children. Orchestra is offered to all fifth graders and a variety of co-curricular clubs and activities are featured at all schools.
Bluffs Middle School (BMS)
BMS enrolls almost 800 students in three grades (6-8) in one of the most modern and appealing facilities available anywhere in region. The building was newly constructed and completely renovated in 2010.
A smooth transition from elementary to middle school is very important. Therefore, the 6th grade level is designed to help make this period an easy one. Students’ teams are nurturing and supportive with teachers and counselors particularly sensitive to the intellectual and social changes these children are experiencing
The school offers opportunities for advanced academic achievement. Beyond honors classes, students are also given the option to participate in high school algebra and high school physical science in the middle school.
As students progress into grades 7 and 8, academic challenge progresses right along with them. Advanced mathematics courses in Algebra as well as rigorous world language instruction including Spanish and even Chinese join a collection of exploratory and elective classes provided for students. In part due to the size of the school, Bluffs Middle School offers a remarkably diverse array of alternatives for students and sets a particularly engaging pathway for their preparation for high school and beyond.
In all grades, honors courses expand curricular offerings for students who are looking for more challenging academic opportunities.
Scottsbluff High School (SHS)
SHS enrolls approximately 900 students and is growing every year. At SHS students will enjoy a variety of Career Academies to prepare them for future endeavors as they plan for college and career possibilities.
A new, $34M facility has been approved by the voters and construction is well underway with a “phased completion and occupancy” planned over a two and a half year period. When completed, approximately 80% of the school will either be replaced or completely renovated.
The new building is designed to accommodate extensive career academy programming for 100% of the students with the successful completion of junior and senior year academies an important part of graduation requirements.
Career Academies are being developed in the following areas:
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Business, Marketing and Management
- Communication, Arts and Technology
- Health Sciences
- Human Sciences and Public Service
- Skilled and Technical Sciences
SHS offers a myriad of one-of-a-kind, unique courses that are not offered anywhere else in the valley. Course offerings include:
• Music Technology
• Marketing Analysis, Research & Promotion
• Visual Design
• Digital Video
• Business And Marketing Skills For The Lodging, Tourism And Retail Industry
• Upper Level Culinary Food Preparation And Training
• Animal Science
• Graphic Arts
• Equine Science
• Floral Design And Interior Landscape Development
• Landscape Design
• Construction And Maintenance
• Horticulture Plant Production
• Computer Applications And Leadership Development
• Entrepreneurship In Agribusiness
• Agricultural Mechanics
• Agricultural Metal Fabrication
• Mechanical, Architectural & Computer Drafting
• Woodworking & Machine Woodworking Technology
• Basic & Advanced Welding
SHS also offers students an assortment of core and elective classes in all academic areas. Scottsbluff High School has award-winning programs in journalism, speech, drama and music, as well as four-year world language courses in Spanish, Chinese and German.
Scottsbluff High School students take advantage of a wide assortment of choices to get a jump start on college through Advanced Placement Classes (AP) and Dual Credit College coursework. Advanced Placement Classes include Literature and Language, Statistics, Chemistry, Calculus, US History and World History. Dual Credit courses allow students to earn credit in high school and/or college. Dual credit course offerings include Algebra, Calculus, College Composition, and Physics.
SHS’ success in sports and activities is a long valued tradition. State and District Championships are common in Scottsbluff and our “Title Town” moniker is far more than a nickname. Individual and team honors are beyond compare for any school its size in western Nebraska and rival any such success anywhere the State.
- · Basketball
- · Art Club
- · Football
- · Band and Orchestra
- · Cross- Country
- · Cheer Squad
- · Volleyball
- · DECA
- · Wrestling
- · Swimming and Diving
- · Drill Team
- · Swimming
- · Echoes Newspaper Staff
- · Yearbook
- · Trap Club
- · FCCLA
- · Track and Field
- · FFA
- · German Club
- · Soccer
- · Key Club
- · Mock Trial
- · Tennis
- · Multi- Cultural Club
- · National Honor Society
- · Golf
- · Softball
- · One Act Plays
- · Spanish Club
- · Speech Team
- · Student Senate
- · Skills USA
"The Scottsbluff School District's vision of the future is… to provide a safe and engaging learning environment that will empower our students of today to successfully meet the challenges of tomorrow."