The state's largest school district continues to grow.
Bolstered by a growing Pre-K enrollment and the largest kindergarten class in decades, the Omaha Public Schools district counted 51,070 students this fall.
It's the largest enrollment for OPS since the 1970s, when numbers nosedived as families increasingly moved to the suburbs.
The 51,000-figure pushes OPS past large, urban school districts like Sacramento, Portland, Oklahoma City, Detroit and Wichita, according to data from the Council of the Great City Schools.
Enrollment grew 1.2 percent from last year and 9.7 percent over the last 10 years. The district's racial and ethnic makeup remains heavily minority, at 68.6 percent.
The district's K-12 population is 48,524. Kindergarten class numbers for 2013 rebounded after a new state policy enacted last year required students to turn five by July 31 instead of Oct. 15, resulting in a drop in enrollment.
Kindergartners numbered 4,472 students this year, the largest class in years, due to climbing birth rates in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
The district's preschool numbers have skyrocketed in the last several years as more Pre-K programs were added and OPS took over Douglas County's Head Start programs in 2005. More than 2,500 kids are enrolled in OPS Pre-K programs, compared to 1,458 in 2003.
At the high school level, enrollment figures remained fairly static from last year. The districted counted 12,371 high schoolers, up 27 students from 2012-13.
Central, South and Burke had the largest enrollments, with Central tallying 2,411 kids. Benson and Northwest had the smallest enrollments, at 1,143 and 1,250, respectively.
Benson is in jeopardy of losing its Class-A athletic classification due to its shrinking enrollment over the past several years.
An earlier version of this story listed incorrect enrollment numbers for Central, Benson and Northwest.