Award Year: 2019

Harwood Elementary School

110 Freedland Drive
Harwood, ND, 58042-4131

(701) 356-2040

Mr. Jerry Standifer, Principal at time of Nomination

West Fargo 6 School District

School Website


Educating today's learners for tomorrow's world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
Harwood Elementary All School Photo

Harwood Elementary All School Photo

"Educating today's learners for tomorrow's world" is the official mission of Harwood Elementary School, which is strategically aligned to the greater West Fargo Public Schools Mission. However, if you ask any adult in the building what the mission is, the answer you get would be "kids always come first." Over the past five years this phrase has become the foundation of every decision made by adults in the building, regardless of position. This foundation to the decision-making process has provided a positive, student-first culture and climate which is unique and unmatched for students, staff, and community stakeholders.

To help students develop the highest levels of academic, physical, and social learning success, Harwood Elementary sets and holds high expectations for all stakeholders, students, staff, and parents. We believe it truly takes a village to raise the child and this is reflected in the academic expectations and success of our students, and the behavioral expectations and success our students demonstrate when representing our school in the community at large. We believe in the power of positive praise, but also teaching students growth from failure and mistakes, no one is perfect, and consequences are also a natural part of learning and can be very positive! Each student will excel and struggle with multiple expectations during their time at Harwood and we want to provide the supports and expectations to allow them to confront, meet, and/or exceed their academic, physical, and social learning expectations to help prepare them for success in life.