Learn About Arnold Public Schools

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For more than 100 years, Arnold Public Schools has combined a respect for tradition with an embrace of the future, academic rigor, an appreciation of the individual, and an emphasis on the essence of community. Our outstanding faculty has been honored with numerous awards for their intense dedication and high expectations, academic and otherwise.

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Cognia Accreditation

Arnold Public Schools has been Accredited by Cognia, formerly known as AdvancED and NCA, for many years. APS alignment with this organization ensures that we are operating in compliance with state requirements, as well as offering excellent services to our families in all areas of our school operations.

Our School Improvement Team works with the AdvancED process and systems to ensure that goals to help students achieve their maximum potential are set, and that teachers have the necessary tools to engage students and to meet learning head on with a great attitude.

MPCC Partnership

Since back in the 1990s, Arnold has maintained a partnership with Mid Plains Community College to provide college courses and dual credit college courses for our high school students.  Courses have been offered in the Industrial Technology Areas to begin with, then added courses in Computer Technologies, and moving more into academics with College English Composition courses.  Other courses over the years have been offered on a one time basis for students with individualized needs as well.

Our Administrators, Office Staff, and School Board Members all work together to provide structure, support, and guidance to our staff and students at Arnold Public Schools. 


In every area of school life, the faculty seeks to challenge and inspire students to reach new levels of inquiry and understanding. In addition, specialists in the areas of technology, art, music, library media, athletics, and physical education use their talents and expertise to deliver a rich, well-rounded environment. Innovative programs such as School House Graphics have received national recognition for providing unique real-world business educational experiences.


Arnold Public School is a K-12 Class D school located on the western edge of Custer County. Arnold is located 35 miles west of Broken Bow and 45 miles northeast of North Platte. Arnold is just over 550 square miles in size and is made up predominantly of an agricultural related economy. The district population is 1002 people. Arnold operates 4 bus routes and logs over 101,292 miles on regular routes. Our tax base consists of a predominantly agricultural-related economy.   Arnold works with Mid-Plains Community College to offer dual credit classes in Welding, Accounting, College English, Desktop Publishing, Graphic Art, and Emerging Technologies. Arnold is a member of the Southwest Distance Learning Consortium and we receive and send several classes utilizing distance equipment. We are aligned with ESU10 for other technology areas, and for professional development and Title I and Resource services.

1:1 Laptop Initiative

“In 2006 Arnold Public School became a one to one (1:1) laptop school by purchasing laptops for students in Grades 9-12. The distribution of the laptops represented the culmination of several years of study, planning, and commitment on the part of our school board, staff and administration.

We love our “One to One Initiative” because of the multitude of opportunities it affords our students. Since technology is such a fundamental part of our students’ lives, it is imperative they are taught to use it safely in a learning environment. It is also important that each and every student have equal access to technology, and our 1:1 initiative has leveled the playing field for students.”

We are currently in our 4th cycle of laptops, and have grown to include laptops for all students K-12, with iPads available for students in K-4. Technology is fully integrated into classroom teaching with iPads, Laptops, SmartBoards, Apple TV, and any other device that teachers will use to reach students. 

June 27, 2022

Duct Tape Challenge Update

Students are starting to get into a routine because the AR points are climbing. Mr. McIntosh may still be feeling pretty safe, but we'll see. The goal this year is 3,500 points and students are at 665 points as a school.

Although class sizes and the length of books vary, many classes set their own goals as well as the school-wide goal so here is a breakdown of points earned by class:

K - 71 points
1st - 23 points
2nd - 13 points
3rd - 55 points
4th - 41 points
5th - 4 points
6th - 118 points
7th - 106 points
8th - 25 points
9th - 47 points
10th - 42 points
11th - 113 points
12th - 7 points

It will be exciting to see how colorful Mr. McIntosh is with the various duct tape if students end up reaching their school-wide goal. Happy reading!!

Diviners Cast List Chosen

Congratulations to the cast of The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr.


CC Showers – Colbi Smith

Basil Bennett – Trey Connell

Melvin Wilder – Rio Remund

Dewey Maples – Logan Recoy

Goldie Short – Delaney Rogers

Ferris Layman – Lance Jones

Buddy Layman – Reagan Cool

Jennie Mae Layman – Ella Cool

Norma Henshaw – Gracie Neth

Eugene Brown – Johnathon Lamphear

Luella  Bennett – Riata Remund

Well Diggers/Townspeople/Church Goers:

Ruth Davis – Harmony Borah

Doris Williams – Samantha Wonch

Shirley Smith – Danah Baldwin

Darlene Henshaw – Anna Tullis

Beverly Thomas – Taylor Hanna-Miles

Raymond Lee – Jamie Tickle

Early White – Ethan Furne

Rose Anderson – Ivy Tullis


Jayden Hanna-Miles, Silas Cool, Clay Witthuhn, Dolores Duponcheel, Ashlea Baldwin, and Kylee Allen.

Upcoming Activities

Activities for the week of May 2nd:

  • Monday- HS Girls BB Meeting at lunch
  • Monday- 6-12 Spring Concert- 7:00PM
  • Tuesday- 6-10 Maps Testing- Morning
  • Tuesday- Best of the Midwest Track Meet @ Sutherland- 3:00PM
  • Wednesday- JH Track @ Gothenburg- 9:30AM
  • Thursday- 7-10 Maps Testing- Morning
  • Thursday- 5th & 6th Grade Fort Kearney Field Trip
  • Thursday- HS Golf @ St. Pat’s- 9:00AM
  • Friday- HS Track @ Arnold- 9:30AM
  • Friday- South Loup Sports Banquet @ Arnold- 6:00PM

Activities Calendar at A Glance