Award Year: 2013

St. Patrick's Catholic School-Elkhorn

20500 West Maple Road
Elkhorn, NE, 68022-0010

(402) 289-5407

Don Ridder, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Omaha

School Website


To Teach as Jesus Did by challenging all students to become their very best spiritually, behaviorally, and academically.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Thirteen years ago, St. Patrick’s Catholic School was a mere vision. The vision became reality in August 2000 when the doors opened, welcoming 82 students and 6 staff members. Today, the school is privileged with educating 773 energetic, unique minds with 81 highly trained staff members. St. Patrick’s school proudly earned Advanced Accreditation in 2009. St. Patrick’s continues to envision a future of growth and excellence in education while fostering leadership skills and instilling values embraced by the Catholic faith.

St. Patrick’s staff pledges daily to teach students to become self-disciplined learners through the Discipline with Purpose program(DWP). DWP creates an educational environment that fosters respect, compassion, and high behavioral standards with an emphasis on students and staff actively living out God’s message. St. Patrick’s focuses on educating the whole child so he/she may excel at the high school of his/her choice and beyond and contribute positively to society. St. Patrick's creates a welcoming atmosphere where open communication between parents and staff ensures student success. This communication is evident in weekly Principal's Notes, classroom newsletters, school websites, and a web-based grade book program.

The curriculum and differentiation of instruction at St. Patrick’s focuses on each student as an individual. All instruction is tailored for specific learning styles to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn. Students feel a sense of accomplishment that fosters success.

St. Patrick’s has a strong reputation for providing a learning environment of respect, compassion, high standards, and spirituality. The mission, “To teach as Jesus did by challenging all students to become their very best spiritually, behaviorally, and academically,” is evident in every aspect of school life.