Students’ quest for knowledge begins anew as NGL Academy, an unconventional school, opens in Bellevue
There are no classrooms made up of tidy little rows of desks facing one direction at the NGL Academy. It’s not that kind of school.
By Emily Nitcher
Joe Ricketts Talks Family, Religion, and How He Plans to Change the World Through Opportunity Education
“My dream is to be able to offer every student in the world a good education through the opportunity of Next Generation Learning system. We can do this with a unique mix of technology and a fresh way of thinking about education.”
Joe Ricketts’ passion project, a 931-acre religious retreat on the Platte, has a chapel, 7 lodges and a 2,500-foot walk
“People will come here to enhance their spiritual life, to make it deeper,” Ricketts said. “And really to make that whole aspect of their lives healthier.”
“When the people come here, they need to have the opportunity to contemplate, meditate and pray,” Ricketts said of the retreat. “They set themselves apart from the rest of the world.”
Joe Ricketts offered a tour this week of the 931-acre religious retreat he’s building in Sarpy County. Get a peek inside the sprawling Cloisters on the Platte off Nebraska Highway 31 and Fisher Road.
Academic economists are fine, but business leaders and bankers would bring an important perspective.
A high school with ties to a billionaire philanthropist will open this fall in Bellevue. The NGL Academy will begin accepting applications Thursday for its inaugural class of about 15 ninth-graders. The school, which will operate on the campus of Bellevue University, is aimed at lower-income students.
A jaunt down Fishery Road, a windy, gravel side street near the Platte River, affords views of tall trees, rolling hills and Interstate 80 — and not much else. But beyond the “no trespassing” signs lining the road, work is well underway on the sprawling religious retreat being built by billionaire Joe Ricketts.