The Sidney Public School District (Cheyenne County School District #1) is a state and NCA-accredited public school system located in the Nebraska Panhandle 100 miles east of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The District consists of 120 square miles including and surrounding the city of Sidney, the Cheyenne County seat with a population of 6500 people.
The District educates approximately 1200 students in grades K-12 at seven separate campuses: South Elementary (grades K-1), North Elementary (grades 2-3), Central Elementary (grade 4), West Elementary (grades 5-6), Sidney Middle School (grades 7-8), Sidney High School (grades 9-12), and the Alternative Education Center. In-town busing services are provided with stops at each of the campuses.
The Board of Education is committed to providing a quality educational experience which includes maintaining student-teacher ratios of approximately 20:1 across all grades. An outstanding staff of 100 teachers and 40 paraprofessionals deliver instruction for the 180 days that school is in session. Over 35% of all teachers possess masters degrees and over 90% are endorsed in their respective teaching fields.
Student learning is the focus of the District's philosophy and programs. Sidney students have historically performed well on the ACT, the Nebraska STARS Assessment System, the California Achievement Test, and other performance measures. Recent achievement results can be viewed on the District's Report Card and on the Nebraska Department of Education website.
The District enjoys strong parental and community support for education. A PAC (parent advisory council) is active at each elementary building, supplementing District programs and services.
Before-, after-, and summer school enrichment programs are well-attended and integral to the Sidney educational experience. The Cool Kids Club is a K-3 enrichment program that operates both during the school year and six weeks during the summer. Students are exposed to a variety of exciting and educational activities including special classroom projects and field trips. The District partners with many businesses and other community agencies to provide an outstanding experience for children. Homework and enrichment activities are also offered to students in grades 4-8 through the Middle Grades Enrichment Program. Inquiries regarding either program may be directed to the Extended Activities Program Director, Coleen Langdon .
The Alternative Education Center provides individualized instruction for students whose learning style requires a different approach than that of the traditional classroom setting.
Recent activity in the District has included the construction of a new high school which opened at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.