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Wakefield Public Schools

Quality education is provided to students at Wakefield Community Schools.  State and nationally accredited, 484 students attend the elementary and high school.  The maximum capacity of the public elementary school is 250.  The junior/senior high school was built in 1977 and has a maximum capacity of 250.  It is estimated that 97 percent of the eighth grade students finish high school.

Vocational courses offered in the high school include business, consumer science, and industrial trades.  Internet services are available in the school.  Adult education programs are available in the high school in cooperation with Northeast Community College.

 The Wakefield Activity Center, opened during the winter of the 2001-2002 school year, in a facility open to the general public. The Activity Center includes a  gymnasium, complete with a four-lane walking track, and a weight room, which includes free weights, weight machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes. For your convenience, restrooms and locker rooms are also located in the facility. The place is used by Physical Education classes, Weights/Conditioning classes, and sports teams on a daily basis.  Local residents are also welcome and encouraged to come and lift weights and/or exercise during the school day or during scheduled hours. During the week, the Activity Center is usually open 6:00 a.m. to  8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Educational Service Unit

Educational Service Unit #1 is one of 17 ESU’s statewide that provides services to Nebraska children through local school districts. ESU #1 serves children throughout K-12 schools in Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Thurston, and Wayne counties in northeast Nebraska.

ESU #1 is headquartered in Wakefield and provides a variety of special education, staff development, technology and media services to 22 school districts in its six-county area. Educational Service Units were created by the Unicameral in 1965 and were initially independent. They were later placed under the jurisdiction of the Nebraska Department of Education. Historically, the purpose of the ESU has been to provide services that individual school districts could not economically or efficiently provide for themselves.


Wakefield is fortunate to be nestled in the center of endless opportunities when it comes to colleges and secondary education.  If you are looking to live in Wakefield and commute to school, there are a multitude of options for you.

Wayne State College,  just 10 minutes from Wakefield, serves approximately 4,000 students.  WSC offers more than 40 majors and minors in eight academic divisions.  Masters degrees are also available in business and education.

Northeast Community College is 40 miles southwest of Wakefield.  The main campus is located in Norfolk, NE with centers located in communities throughout the region.  Northeast offers more than 70 technical, vocational, business and liberal arts programs preparing students for immediate employment or for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Other colleges within a 40- 50 minute drive:

St. Lukes College of Nursing – Sioux City , Iowa

Morningside College – Sioux City , Iowa

Briar Cliff College – Sioux City, Iowa

Western Iowa Tech Community College – Sioux City, Iowa