Welcome to Riley Elementary School

From our Principal

Jeff Bjorkman, Principal

Welcome to Riley Elementary!

The original Riley School, named for the poet James Whitcomb Riley, was built in 1910 at 47th and Adams. Riley Elementary is now located in the north central section of Lincoln, NE at 5021 Orchard Street. Riley is a hidden gem with dedicated teachers, hard-working students and supportive families. Riley is also known for having one of the most beautiful gardens and learning areas in Lincoln Public Schools.

Riley Elementary is a Title I building, serving students in grades K-5. We currently have three sections of every grade level.  Specialists serve Riley students in Music, PE, Art, and Computer Science. We also have a full-time librarian that supports teachers and students by using both print and digital resources to enhance student learning.

Staff at Riley work to integrate technology into the teaching and learning process. Students in grades 3-5 use Chromebooks in class during parts of their day to enhance their learning. Our reading curriculum provides online tools and resources that students use during whole group instruction and independent work time.

Riley uses the BIST philosophy and Positive Behavior Supports as its organizational structure when developing systems for learning and discipline. Using a school wide discipline approach reduces the number of behavior concerns and maximizes our instructional time.

As a Community Learning School, Riley strives to be involved in our students’ lives by providing extra learning opportunities, family activities and community resources. At Riley, we partner with Family Service to provide before and after school programming to meet the needs of students and families’ care and academic needs.

Riley has instituted a Student Ambassador Program.  This program is designed to provide a new student with a friend and resource on their first day of attendance. The Student Ambassador sticks by the new student all day. Student Ambassadors play with the new student at recess, eat lunch with them, take them on a tour of the building, and introduces them to all the adults in the building using proper introduction techniques. The Student Ambassador is responsible for teaching the new students the unique routines and expectations of the classroom and the building.

Our mission to help our Riley students: IMAGINE the possibilities, BELIEVE in their potential, and ACHIEVE at their highest level.  The staff at Riley wants to provide meaningful and challenging learning opportunities for all students in a safe and positive environment. Riley staff, families, & students will share the responsibility for academic achievement, positive character development, and support of individual and cultural differences.

Riley School Improvement Goals:

All students will increase their achievement in the area of reading comprehension.

All students will increase their achievement in the area of math number sense.



Jeff Bjorkman, Principal

Before and After School Childcare

Before and after school childcare is offered through Family Service of Lincoln. Click HERE for rates and information

Riley Media Center