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St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas middle and high school and St. Mary’s Catholic Grade Schools offer a Christian-centered educational environment. Aquinas High School, built in 1961, is accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and North Central Association. In 1999, the Aquinas Chapel and building trades and construction classroom were completed. St. Mary’s completed a 5,000 square foot building project in 2000. The addition includes two kindergarten classrooms and a resource room.

Academically, Aquinas and St. Mary’s schools stress the basics of religion, reading, writing, and arithmetic. Standardized tests assist teachers in evaluating the students’ progress on a regular basis. Several advanced placement courses are offered each year. Religion and Mass play a part of each day’s activities.

The Catholic school system is financially supported by 13 parishes in Butler and Polk counties.

David City Public School

David City Public School in Butler County is accredited by Nebraska Department of Education and the North Central Association. Elementary school buildings are located in David City and Bellwood.

The maximum capacity of the public elementary school in David City is 450 and the Bellwood school has a capacity of 260. The public junior-senior high school was built in 1916 with additions in 1985 and 1993 and has a maximum capacity of 500.

Vocational courses offered in the high school include agriculture, business education, family and
consumer science, industrial technology, and industrial education. Adult education programs are available in the high school in cooperation with Central Community College. Distance learning programs are available via satellite.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cooperative Extension in Butler County

NUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln Cooperative Extension in Butler County delivers research-based education and information to citizens throughout the county. These educational programs, delivered via a variety of methods, are offered through a federal, state and county partnership arrangement. Our objective is to provide programs and other educational resources locally.

Our staff of extension educator and extension specialists, technicians, and support personnel specializes is providing programs throughout the county, and together with staff from all of Nebraska’s 93 counties, we contribute to more than 1.5 million educational contacts each year with Nebraska citizens. Our 4-H Youth Development Program, for example, reaches more than 650 youth in Butler County alone. Statewide, 4-H touches the lives of more than 90,000 youth each year.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is built to provide practical education that focuses on issues which influence daily life that helps to keep Nebraska competitive in a global society. Extension Specialists and Extension Educators are committed to a theme of excellence with educational programs customized

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