Welcome to Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School!

A school where excellence in education and a caring Christian environment create a great experience

Mark Otte

Thank you for visiting our international website.  Let me tell you about our school.

Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School (NELHS) is a school that was established in 1979.  We are currently in our 36th year of existence and have produced many outstanding graduates that have gone on to universities across the United States.  We are a small school with approximately 95 students located in the midwestern town of Waco, Nebraska.  Most of our students live in either a boy’s or a girl’s dormitory on campus under the supervision of tutors who help our students learn strong study skills and life skills that help them transition easily to the college setting.   The small student body allows us to have an 8.6 to 1 student to teacher ratio.  The average class size is 13 students. This allows teachers to make close connections with our students and create a very personalized education plan for each student.  The small school setting also encourages students to participate in athletics and the arts outside of class.  Our Christian beliefs combined with the small school in a small town create a very safe campus where the learning can blossom.

NELHS is located 45 minutes from Lincoln, Nebraska which is the state capital and also the home of several Universities including the University of Nebraska.  Lincoln has an airport that connects to many major cities across the United States and then to the world.  Omaha (90 minutes away), the largest city in Nebraska also has a large airport with connections to cities across the world.

Nebraska experiences the wonder of all 4 seasons and during a school year you will move from summer to fall to winter to spring.

NELHS has hosted international students for 8 years from many countries.  We have seen the graduates from our school go on to many prestigious universities.  NELHS also has an agreement with the University of Nebraska to provide in-state tuition to our international program graduates.   The University of Nebraska is a highly regarded university with many areas of study.

We would love to get to know you and your family better.  If you have any additional questions about our school or our international program, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 402-728-5236 ext. 202 or Pastor Seth Haakenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 402-728-5236 ext. 203.

I look forward to working with you in the future.


Mark Otte, Administrator

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