From preschool to continuing education, Grand Island is a great place for education.

Preschool options

Grand Island provides myriad choices for preschool. Several churches operate preschools, as well as the YWCA, the Grand Island Public Schools’ Early Learning Center and privately operated options.

Neighborhood public schools

Grand Island Public Schools has 14 elementary schools and three middle schools spread out across the community.

Senior High academies

Students at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High are enrolled in one of the career pathways among the school’s five academies for sophomores through seniors.

Area public and private options

In addition to GIPS, the area around the city is served by the rural Grand Island Northwest public school district. Grand Island also has Trinity Lutheran, Heartland Lutheran and Grand Island Central Catholic as parochial options.


Both recent high school graduates and nontraditional students can pursue career education or prepare for transfer to a four-year institution at Central Community College’s Grand Island campus. Next door at College Park, students can take upper-level classes through the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“One of the best parts of Grand Island is our schools. Not only do our neighborhood schools care about our kids, but every layer of the district is focused on doing what’s best for them. I can confidently send my kids to school every day knowing that they’re not just learning, they’re loved.”

-Natalie Lukens, Grand Island

Distance from GI to colleges / universities across the state

1. Hastings College, Hastings 25.7 miles
1. Central Community College, Hastings 28.8 miles
2. University of Nebraska Kearney, Kearney 43.1 miles
3. Central Community College, Columbus 67.6 miles
4. Concordia University, Seward 79.4 miles
5. Doane, Crete 95.5 miles
6. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln 95.5 miles
6. Nebraska Wesleyan, Lincoln 97.9 miles
6. Southeast Community College, Lincoln 99.9 miles
7. Northeast Community College, Norfolk 109.0 miles
8. Midland University, Fremont 111.2 miles
9. Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Curtis 136.6 miles
10. Wayne State, Wayne 138.7 miles
11. College of Saint Mary, Omaha 143.7 miles
11. University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha 145.0 miles
11. Bellevue University, Bellevue 145.5 miles
11. University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha 147.1 miles
11. Clarkson College, Omaha 147.4 miles
11. Creighton, Omaha 149.1 miles
12. Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte 145.8 miles
13. McCook Community College, McCook 149.5 miles
14. Peru State, Peru 162.7 miles
15. Chadron State, Chadron 326.9 miles