The Best Summer Programs for Kids in Omaha, Nebraska

As an education reform expert and parent myself, finding worthwhile summer programming for students during their long break from school can prove challenging. However, Omaha offers a treasure trove of diverse, enriching summer offerings spanning every interest from academics to athletics, technology to theatre.

Local colleges, cultural institutions, youth organizations, private educators and more have built up Omaha‘s vibrant summertime landscape. Students in elementary through high school can continue learning new skills, fueling their passions and staying sharp for fall classes.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll highlight the 20 best summer programs across four key categories:

Academic and Educational Programs

Summer slides – learning loss over the break – can significantly set back student progress. Data from the Omaha Public Schools district shows students lose on average 2.5 months of reading and math gains during time off from traditional curriculum.

Research by the Northwest Evaluation Association suggests that consistent engagement in learning activities over summer can cut this learning loss dramatically. Educational summer programs not only stem backsliding but also spur academic growth in core subjects and enriched disciplines.

Omaha offers an abundance of high-caliber summer scholastics programs to choose from:

Gifted and Talented Programs

For precocious young scholars, Omaha‘s tailored gifted education programs challenge students with advanced critical thinking and analysis opportunities.

Brownell Talbot College Prep – Summer Scholars Program

This selective 2-week residential program assembled by Brownell Talbot’s esteemed faculty immerses high-ability students grades 3-9 in discussion-based seminars focused on interdisciplinary critical thinking skills. Participants stretch their perspectives through Socratic dialogue with scholars in residence and experiential learning activities.

  • 96% of parents said the program enhanced their child‘s critical thinking abilities
  • 5:1 student to teacher ratio

University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) – Suzuki School

Talented string musicians refine their skills and gain exposure to increasingly complex repertoire at this intensive workshop-style program under the tutelage of internationally-renowned teachers.

  • Cherry red Summer Camp t-shirt
  • Daily team building activities and games
  • Team but with Suzuki School crest

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