The best of small town education

High-quality, public education is the foundation to Nebraska’s great quality of life.

In Ord, it’s no different.  Here, students have tremendous opportunities to excel.  Classroom size is small and students get the one-on-one attention with teachers they deserve.  Ord students also boast exceptional scholastic achievement, with the vast majority of students attending post-secondary education. For example, in 2013 Ord Elementary School was chosen to be one of fewer than 300 K-12 schools across the United States to be a National Blue Ribbon School. This reward is a reflection of not only the high performance and achievement of the students who attend the school, but also of their continued improvement and the positive influence of the community in which they are being raised.

Learning extends beyond the classroom in Ord as well.  In 2009, voters passed a $9.8 million dollar school bond to renovate the existing historic Ord High School, along with constructing a new sports gym to give the community modern facilities to compete in a 21st Century learning environment.

Post-secondary education can be accessed in town as well.  The Ord Learning Center is a learning facility provided by Central Community College, and is co-located with Valley County Economic Development and the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Center provides distance learning, independent study and instructor-led courses-led instruction.

Below, you will find information about our area schools from pre-K to post-secondary.

  1. Preschool
    • Building Blocks Preschool
      814 South 16th Street
      Ord, NE
      (308) 728-7039
    • Linda’s Preschool & Discovery Center
      1119 S Street
      Ord, NE
      (308) 728-9958
  1. Elementary & Secondary Education
    • Arcadia Public Schools (website)
      Arcadia Public Schools is a Class D-2 school located at 320 West Owens Street in Arcadia Nebraska. Classes are taught for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Current enrollment in the school is 130. For more information call (308) 789-6522 or (308) 789-6523.
    • Central Valley Public Schools (website)
      The Central Valley district includes the towns of North Loup, Scotia, Greeley and Wolbach. Contract Central Valley High School in Greeley at (308) 428-3145 and Central Valley Elementary School in Scotia at (308) 245-3201.
    • Ord Public Schools (website)
      The Ord Public Schools District is located in Valley, Garfield, Greeley and Custer counties and covers 288.5 square miles. A class 3 district, Ord is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the State of Nebraska. For further information call (308) 728-5013 or visit
    • St. Mary’s School (website)
      St. Mary’s School is a Catholic grade school which incorporates grades kindergarten through eighth. In 1955, Sisters of Saint Joseph came from Chicago to staff the school. For more information about enrollment, contact them at (308) 728-5389.
  1. Post-Secondary Education
    • Central Community College (website)
      Central Community College’s Ord Learning Center is co-located with Valley County Economic Development and the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce.  Distance learning, independent study courses, and instructor-led courses are available through the Learning Center.  A full breakdown of Central Community College’s programs and classes can be found here.   For more information contact Crystal Ramm at the Ord Learning Center at (308) 728-3299 or
    • University of Nebraska – Kearney (website)
      The University of Nebraska – Kearney is located 75 minutes south of Ord and provides full bachelors, masters and doctoral programs of study. To learn more about UNK, visit or call 1-800-KEARNEY.