The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
The schools are: Columbian Elementary School in the Omaha Public Schools; Elkhorn Middle School in the Elkhorn Public Schools; Lincoln Montessori Elementary School in the Norfolk Public Schools; Mount Michael Benedictine School in Elkhorn and St. Wenceslaus Catholic School, both in the Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools district; and Sidney High School in the Sidney Public Schools.
All six Nebraska schools were honored in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.
Now in its 37th year, the Blue Ribbon program has recognized more than 9,000 schools.
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Omaha Catholic schools: 24.7
The World-Herald was not able to verify composite ACT scores for Creighton Prep and Marian high schools. The composite ACT score of the graduating class of 2018 for the entire Omaha Archdiocese was 24.7.
Elkhorn South High School: 24.6.
Millard West High School: 23.3.
Gretna High School: 22.8.
Millard North High School: 22.6.
Westside High School: 21.5.
Papillion-La Vista South High School: 21.1.
Papillion-La Vista High School: 21.
Millard South High School: 20.4.
Bellevue West High School: 20.4.
Bellevue East High School: 19.5.
Central High School: 19.1.
Omaha Burke High School: 18.8.
Omaha North High School: 17.9.
Omaha South High School: 16.1.
Omaha Bryan High School: 15.4.
Omaha Northwest High School: 15.
Benson High School: 14.9.
The correlation between a school’s poverty rate and test scores is evident, a World-Herald analysis found.
High schools in the Omaha Public Schools with high poverty scored low. Suburban schools with low poverty scored better.
For example, Elkhorn South High School scored highest with a 24.6; its poverty rate is 3.6 percent. The lowest score was Benson at 14.9; that school's poverty rate is 86.5 percent.
Read The World-Herald's breakdown of Omaha schools' ACT scores here.