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About Lakeview Community Schools

Who We Are

We are the Vikings!

Viking Head

Lakeview Community Schools is a Nebraska public school district proudly serving approximately 1,000 students from suburban Columbus, rural Columbus, Platte Center, and Creston, as well as industrial tract residents since 1969.

Join us as we “Honor the Past, Live the Present, and Create the Future”. Go Vikings!

Lakeview Community Schools District Office

3744 83rd St.

Find Your Beginning

Platte Center Elementary Building


Shell Creek Elementary Building


Our Elementary Schools

Lakeview’s District supports two Kindergarten through 6th grade elementary schools. Platter Center Elementary is located in Platte Center, just 9 miles northwest of Columbus on Highway 81. Shell Creek Elementary is a double track, K-6 school located 3.5 miles northeast of Lakeview Junior-Senior High in rural Columbus. Both Elementary schools have an outstanding staff with a united vision for academic excellence and social development for their students. Lakeview Community Schools boasts of its collaborative environment among staff. Together, the strengths, knowledge, and experiences of the elementary teachers and secondary teachers are shared to create the best possible educational environment for students. Our educators work together to identify essential standards, create common assessments, and analyze student data to improve instruction.

Students are exposed to opportunities in the fine arts and are challenged daily as they grow in a structured yet engaging environment.

If parochial school is preferred, Lakeview is also affiliated with two K-8 schools north of Columbus, Christ Lutheran and St. John’s Lutheran.

Conquer Your Future

Course Offerings

Lakeview Junior-Senior High is rooted in building a strong foundation in academics, character, and mindset for our students. Simply put, Lakeview has the best of both worlds. Lakeview supports a small school environment where students feel safe, connected, and involved, yet offers the curriculum, programs, and activities much larger schools often provide. If you decide to attend Lakeview we are confident you will find your fit!

Lakeview’s location from Central Community College also allows us to harness the potential for Lakeview students to conquer their future! Lakeview has a long standing relationship with Central Community College.

Lakeview’s Conquest Program-provides students the opportunity to take dual credit classes at Lakeview or if students choose to broaden their horizon they may participate in the college release program, where students take college level classes at CCC. Our outstanding partnership with CCC allows us to create flexible scheduling for students. We can assure you if you want the opportunity to “conquer your future” like a true Viking, then Lakeview Junior-Senior High is the place for you!

If your focus is hands on education then Lakeview can provide you the curriculum you’re looking for. Lakeview is well-known for its Ag and FFA programs. Animal Science, Horticulture, Landscaping, or Precision Ag-if agriculture is your thing, Lakeview provides options. Lakeview also offers a strong Skilled and Technical Science program which covers a broad scope of skills from small engine repair and metal fabrication to wood-working, construction, basic electronics and robotics. If hands on education is what you are seeking then get your gloves on and let’s go to work!


Extra Curricular

 • Football
 • Volleyball
 • Golf
 • Cross Country
 • Softball
 • Basketball
 • Wrestling
 • Bowling
 • Track & Field
 • Soccer
 • Cheerleading
 • Dance
 • Viking Voices
 • Marching Band
 • Jazz Band

 • Speech
 • One Act
 • Journalism
 • Yearbook
 • National Honor Society
 • Mock Trial
 • Science Club
 • Math Club
 • FFA
 • Robotics
 • Student Council
 • Multicultural Club
 • Circle of Friends

Explore the Difference

Lakeview pride is established in the many activities that we offer our students. Join Lakeview and become a part of the rich tradition of Viking success. 

Academics & Activities

Academics (2022-23)
 • 30+ ACT Scores 
 • 25 NSAA Academic All State Athletes 
 • 39 Lincoln Journal Star Academic Award Recipients

FBLA (2022-23) 
 • Largest Chapter in the State of Nebraska 
 • 7 National Qualifiers 
 • Current Co-President serves as State Secretary

FFA (2022-23)
 • 18 FFA State Qualifying Teams 
 • 15 Individual State FFA Degrees

Robotics (2022-23)
 • National CREATE Robotics Championship


 • 2021-State Champions
 • 2023-2 Shrine Bowl Selections
 • 2023-4 Shrine Bowl Coaches 
 • Playoffs— 7 out of 10 years 
 • District Runner Up—6 out of 10 years 
 • All State Players—10 out of 10 Years 
 • All District Selections—50 in the last 10 years 
 • All Star Game Selections—8 players in 10 years 
 • Finished in Top Ten final  • Rankings 5 out of 10 years

 • 2020, 2021-3rd Place, Class C-1
 • 2021-School Record of 32 Matches Won

Wrestling (2023)
 • Individual State Champion
 • 12 State Qualifiers
 • 3rd in Districts, Class B-4
 • 5 State Qualifiers in Girls Wrestling 
 • Girls District Runner Up

Girls Basketball
 • 2019-District Champions, Class C-1
 • 2019-Rated #7 in C-1

Track & Field (since 2020)
 • 2022 Boys District B-4 Champions 
 • 24 NSAA State Track Meet Qualifiers 
 • 11 State Medalists 
 • 7 Time Invitational Meet  • Champions and 4 Runner Ups 
 • 2 State Silver Medalists 
 • 7 ALL STATE Performances 
 • 2022 Top 10 Finish at Class B NSAA Championships 
 • 5 All-Time School Records Broken 
 • 7 Individual District Champions 
 • 5 Individual Conference Champions

Boys Golf
 • 2022, 2023-Team State Qualifiers

Changing Young Lives

Meeting the Needs with Community Support

 • Pre-School opened in 2022-23 at Shell Creek Elementary 
 • Pre-School opened in 2020-21 at Platte Center Elementary 
 • Addition of 4 lower grade elementary classrooms at Shell Creek 
 • 2019-20 Expansion and renovation of the Lakeview High School Building and Construction of the District Office, following the passage of a $12M bond

Lakeview Jr-Sr High Construction 2020

Richly Diverse Community

Enrollment Summary 2023

Lakeview’s student population accurately reflects the Columbus and Surrounding Community we serve.

Lakeview Community Schools had a graduation percentage rate of 92% for 2022. 

Lakeview has a strong academic background displayed with strong NSCAS scores and ACT scores above the state average. We offer a broad curriculum that includes quality STEM education, a world-class agriculture education program, and career education opportunities that are second-to-none.

Jason Cline

District Office

Steve Borer

Lakeview Jr-Sr High

Brandon Nygren

Platte Center Elementary

Erin Craven

Shell Creek Elementary