On Monday, Millard, Concordia, Fremont, Westside and Elkhorn schools all opened their doors to students for the start of the new school year.
And this year, many of them were celebrating the year with a batch of firsts.
Elkhorn Grandview Middle School is the latest public school to go up in the area. The $16.5 million building was designed with students in mind. The hallways are color coded by grade, making it easy for students to find their classrooms.
"It really boils down to kids getting back in the building, teachers doing their thing and just having a great year,” said principal Mike Tomjack.
The middle school also has some start of the art technology to help students learn. Smart projectors are in every classroom and allow teachers to turn a whiteboard into an interactive screen.
But they aren't the only one with new technology. Students at Concordia Junior-Senior High are now using IPads in the classrooms. With different apps available for use in the classroom, students can take notes, do their homework and even submit assignments with their hand held devices.
"I'm also a little concerned about having to send in my homework over the internet," said sophomore Natalie Watson. "I like to write things out so that's a concern I have but other than that I think they're great."
On Tuesday, Ralston, Lincoln, Papillion-La Vista, and Bellevue school districts will all begin school. Omaha Public Schools start back up on Wednesday.