with Nelson Mandela Elementary
The mission of Nelson Mandela Elementary is to provide quality instruction that demonstrates ALL students can learn and develop academically, emotionally, socially and physically. Nelson Mandela Elementary is committed to maximizing the educational success of all students and bridging learning and achievement gaps.
Nelson Mandela Elementary is a private, tuition-free K-5 elementary school located in North Omaha. The school is fully funded by the Lozier Foundation and The Ruth and William Scott Family Foundation. Mandela first opened its doors in 2015 after Dianne Lozier and Dr. Susan Toohey decided they wanted to create a unique school that would serve the community of North Omaha.
At Mandela, scholars experience a rigorous and advanced curriculum, year-round school, frequent recesses, restorative practices in the classroom, and data-driven interventions. Every scholar also plays the violin through the program String Sprouts, offered by the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
WHY THE NAME?
After numerous community input sessions where a variety of names were discussed, the overwhelming support was for Nelson Mandela Elementary. The ideals that Nelson Mandela held regarding education and its role in changing the world are what we aspire to as a school.
Nelson Mandela said, "education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world." Every morning our scholars recite these words and also say, "and I will change the world with my hope, strength, service, unity, peace, and wisdom." Every day, scholars strive to embody these qualities so that they can change the world someday.
Check out our scholars saying our Mantra!