Award Year: 2013

Ord Elementary School

820 S 16th Street
Ord, NE, 68862-1984

(308) 728-3331

Doug Smith, Principal at time of Nomination

Ord Public Schools

School Website


Ord Elementary School is Committed to Excellence in: Character - leadership, respect, integrity, perseverance, honest effort; Academics - problem solving, logical reasoning, lifelong growth; Community - cooperation, teamwork, communication.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Ord Elementary School is located on the edge of the Sandhills in the North Loup River Valley in Ord, Nebraska, surrounded by rich agricultural land which is vital to the local economy. Ord is honored to be one of Nebraska’s Showcase Communities and serves as the first community in Nebraska to become state-certified for economic development. Strong leadership, a never ending work ethic, and the ability to make use of available resources are characteristics of the community that are instilled into the culture of the student body.

Built in 1970, Ord Elementary was designed around the concept of a single room school house. The open teaching environment creates a learning atmosphere that fosters strong relationships, inclusive teaching practices, and promotes collaboration among teachers and students. Skillful passionate teachers and staff coupled with unparalleled community support are the core strengths of the school system. Combined with daily formative assessments, weekly progress monitoring, and fall benchmarking a dynamic educational experience is tailored for each student. The family values of love, patience, and empathy are taught directly alongside the core subjects of language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, music, and art, creating a comprehensive educational experience that develops the whole person.

Students and staff begin every day with a morning assembly celebrating accomplishments, reciting the pledge of allegiance, and professing a mantra of “BE KIND, WORK HARD, NEVER GIVE UP!” The core values that our ancestors brought to the plains, a commitment to hard work in order to achieve success, and the generosity to share with others, was true in the 1880’s and continues 130 years later.