Our Mission Statement:

Black Elk Elementary, an International Baccalaureate World School, guarantees that all students achieve academic excellence through guided inquiry and become internationally minded citizens as a result of challenging, innovative educational experiences. Compassionate and collaborative relationships within the educational community develop principled, caring, lifelong learners who have the initiative to positively impact the world. 

Our school, located in southwest Omaha with an enrollment of approximately 565 students, was named after Nicholas Black Elk, a Lakota Sioux Indian. He became known through the writing of John Neihardt in his book, Black Elk Speaks. Black Elk shared his life and visions with Neihardt because he wished to pass along to future generations some of the reality of Native American life and to share some of his dreams which were not yet realized. His vision of a new circle of community reaches out to all people today.