Guide to Brownell Talbot School

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Brownell Talbot College Preparatory School (BT) is one of Omaha’s best private schools. In fact, it is Nebraska’s only independent, coed, college preparatory day school.

Brownell Talbot Private School Omaha, Nebraska

Brownell Talbot serves preschoolers through 12th grade, nurturing young scholars and fostering growth in an inclusive, diverse environment.


Brownell Talbot’s 11-acre campus is in the heart of the Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood in midtown Omaha.

The official address is:
400 Happy Hollow Blvd
Omaha, NE 68132

The campus has modern, technology-equipped classrooms, a well-stocked library, and state-of-the-art science labs. Additionally, there are spacious common areas where students can socialize and collaborate on projects.

I took the photos of Brownell Talbot’s campus on a recent tour.

Entrance Sign to Brownell Talbot School in Omaha, Nebraska

At the heart of Brownell Talbot’s mission lies a commitment to providing a well-rounded education that balances rigorous academics with opportunities for personal development.

With a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1, dedicated faculty work closely with each student, tailoring instruction to individual needs and fostering a tight-knit community.

The success of this approach is evident in the fact that BT has a 100% college acceptance rate.

Students are encouraged to explore their passions, make meaningful connections, and develop a strong sense of community stewardship.

History of Brownell Talbot School

Brownell Talbot has a rich and storied history. The school officially opened its doors on September 17, 1863.

It was started by an Episcopal Bishop named Joseph Cruickshank Talbot. His goal was to give cultural and educational opportunities to the daughters of pioneers. Brownell Hall (named after the Presiding Bishop of Connecticut whose parish provided a large portion of the funds needed to purchase the school’s first home) was formed as an all-girls boarding school.

Entrance Sign at Brownell Talbot School
Sign at the Entrance of Brownell Talbot School

In 1922, the school relocated to its current home in midtown Omaha. It’s nestled next to Memorial Park in the Dundee neighborhood. This move brought it closer to the people and allowed the institution to have a significant impact on the lives of students and the community as well.

In 1952, Brownell Hall became a coed institution. At this time, boys were already enrolled in the Talbot School for Boys. The merging of the two schools eventually led to the formation of the current-day Brownell Talbot.

In 1969, Brownell Talbot became independent of the Episcopal Church. It does not have any religious affiliation.


Brownell Talbot is known for its small class sizes, personalized attention, and globally-minded approach to education.

The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, and is credited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Cognia, and AdvancED.

The school is known for its academic excellence and individual achievement, focusing on fostering strong relationships between students and teachers. The curriculum is designed with departmentalization in mind, stemming from the idea that middle school is a time of transition for students.

During their time at Brownell Talbot, students are challenged to discover themselves and their distinct talents.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities play a significant role in student development at Brownell Talbot. With various clubs and activities available, students can explore and nurture their interests outside of the classroom.

Lower School activities include Ballet and Dance, Chess Club, Little Inventors, Stock Market Game, Battle of the Books, and more

The Middle School also has a Chess Club as well as Bulls and Bears Investors Club, Debate, Gaming Club, Science Olympia, Quiz Bowl, and several others.

Upper School students can participate in Academic Decathlon, Pirate Radio, Yearbook, Quiz Bowl, Band, Choir, Competition Art, and more.

Arts and Theatre

The school’s emphasis on the [arts] is evident through its numerous music, theater, and visual arts opportunities.

BT has a theatre on campus.

Opportunities include band, choir, musicals, plays, juried art exhibits, and more, depending on age.

Jennifer Morgan, a client of mine, leads the theatre department. I helped her find a home when she moved from Kansas.

The BT student newspaper is called Verbatim.


The Middle and Upper Schools offer a robotics club.

BT’s robotics teams have qualified for the World Championships for 23 consecutive years. Students gain hands-on engineering experience by designing, building, and programming robots. The robotics season begins in September and culminates with the World Championships in April.


The upper school has 17 varsity sports teams. BT is a little different than some schools because they allow students to play multiple sports while participating in activities like Science Bowl, speech, robotics, etc.

BT has a full-time strength and conditioning coach and a pool on campus.


Prospective families are encouraged to visit campus and connect with the school’s community before applying.

BT’s application process varies depending on your child’s age.

For younger kids, you must fill out an application and include contact information for your child’s current classroom teacher.

There will also be a family interview.

A readiness exam will be given to applicants to the Early Years and Kindergarten program. For grades 1-4, an entrance exam will be given.

In addition to an entrance exam, grades 5-12 applicants must submit school transcripts and contact information for current math and English teachers.

There is a $130 application fee.

BT has two enrollment directors to guide you through the process — one for the middle and upper school, and one for the lower school.

International students can apply for admission in grades 7 through 11. The application process is slightly different, requiring additional documentation and an age limit of no older than 19 years at graduation.


These rates are for the 2023-2024 school year. BT does offer scholarships, financial aid, and payment plans.

Lower School

  • Early Years* (five-day morning) $12,300
  • Early Years* (five-day full-day) $16,360
  • Kindergarten* $17,130
  • First Grade $17,600
  • Second Grade $18,590
  • Third Grade $18,590
  • Fourth Grade $18,590

Middle School

  • Fifth Grade $19,000
  • Sixth Grade $19,400
  • Seventh Grade $20,090
  • Eighth Grade $20,880

Upper School

  • Ninth Grade $16,000
  • Tenth Grade $16,000
  • Eleventh Grade $16,000
  • Twelfth Grade $16,000

Rankings – A+ Overall Grade
Also according to it is:

  • Best High School for STEM in Nebraska
  • Best Private High School in Nebraska
  • Best Private K-12 School in Nebraska

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Frequently Asked Questions

Brownell Talbot College Preparatory School is a private school with a tuition of $19,950 for the highest grade offered.

No, Brownell Talbot is not a boarding school. It is Nebraska’s only private, independent, co-educational day school.

There are currently 441 students attending Brownell Talbot College Preparatory School, ranging from preschool to 12th grade.

Brownell Talbot College Preparatory School is a top-rated private school with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1, offering individualized attention and a strong focus on academic excellence.

Brownell Talbot has no religious affiliation. It is independent. Although an Episcopal Bishop founded it, it became an independent school in 1969.