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 1,600 students and is projected to reach over 1,700 for the 2015-2016 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 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.
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. A particular benefit of this program is the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits. The academy 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 has now 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. In the spring of 2016, as part of the Animal Science Class, Bryan High Urban Ag students will begin operation of a chicken coop to gain knowledge of animal husbandry. The students are designing and building the coop and will gain hands-on experience as they oversee the process of hatching of eggs, caring for the chickens and selling the eggs in conjunction with their garden program.
Students have the opportunity to earn approximately 20 hours of dual enrollment credit at Metro Community College through this program.
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. Classroom instruction focuses on logistics and management. Transportation classes provide exposure to forklift driving, small and diesel engines, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the trucking industry. Students visit distribution centers so they can see first-hand how large volumes of materials/products are handled. Students have the opportunity to graduate with a 10-hour OSHA training certification and possible forklift certification.
Award Winning Curriculum
On April 9, 2015, in Washington, D.C., nine programs were recognized as “Excellence in Action” award winners, representing the best Career Technical Education (CTE) has to offer. These programs of study were selected based on their uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, and increasing student postsecondary and career prospects. Among the winners was
Omaha Bryan High School’s (OBHS) Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
program in Omaha, Nebraska.
OBHS received the award from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)as a result of their exemplary business partnerships, extensive job placement opportunities and detailed alignment with college degrees and certifications, providing students with the skills they need to enter postsecondary education or a living wage career within the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster. OBHS representatives accepted the honor at an award luncheon and reception as part of theNASDCTEc Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.
“This program of study exposes students to a wide variety of career opportunities they didn’t know existed,” said Mary Miller, Curriculum Specialist, Omaha Bryan High School. “They can go from high school to a career that’s high-wage and high-demand, but are also prepared for postsecondary education.”
“These Excellence in Action award winners are incredibly successful – graduating their students at above average rates, building strong industry and community partnerships, and increasing students’ chances to obtain postsecondary credit and degrees and industry-recognized credentials,” said NASDCTEc Executive Director, Kimberly Green.“We believe by lifting up such examples of excellence in action we can help build the critical awareness and support high-quality CTE programs of study need to thrive and succeed.”
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.
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.