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Native American Classes


Native American Studies (NAS) I, II, and Leadership are aligned specialty elective courses with standards-based curriculum are offered in 3 high schools (Highland, Del Norte, and West Mesa) and 3 middle schools (Jimmy Carter, Cleveland, and McKinley). NAS promotes opportunities for cultural study, student self-reflection, and community building. NAS presents concepts that support American Indian/ Alaska Native values and advocacy. Emphasis is on the development of critical success skills including communication (reading, writing, and speaking), math, technology, and social skills. The Indigenous Teaching and Evaluation Model (ITEM) is the cornerstone for instruction and evaluation.

 Native American Government and Economics for high school seniors. The course is aligned with state standards and incorporates Indigenous illustrations specific to Native American content that include: treaties, business, laws and statutes, land and water rights, and etc.

Native Language Programs for all high school students during the school year and Summer Native Language and Culture Institute annually for students in grades K-8. The curriculum utilized by the Native language teachers is; Dine’ Bizaad Bi’nahoo’aah. Onsite coursework is conducted in four high schools with the highest Native student enrollment (West Mesa, Highland, Del Norte, and Cibola) and twelve high schools are supported with transporting the students to a centralized school (Career Enrichment Center) in the district. The teachers are state certified with a Level 1 teaching licensure. All teachers also passed Native Language exams within their respective tribal systems.