Vision: Engineering Our Future!
Mission: The mission of Tatanka Elementary School is to support each student's educational journey through collaboration, communication, critical and creative thinking, to become lifelong learners and productive citizens in our ever-changing society.
Tatanka Elementary School opened in the fall of 1980, and at that time was called Buffalo Primary School. It was a first, second and third grade building. Dean Skallerud was the principal until 2000. In the fall of 1997 Buffalo Primary School went to a kindergarten through grade five building and was renamed Tatanka Elementary. Gail Feneis was principal from 2000-2005, and Don Metzler has been Tatanka's principal from 2005 to the present.
In 2011, Tatanka received a grant from the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) to develop a STEM magnet school. In the fall of 2012, Tatanka officially became a STEM magnet school.
Tatanka Elementary's average enrollment is 520 students.