The Morongo School

An article from Indian Country Today on an excellent model Tribes and Tribal Education Departments and Agencies can use.  Morongo decided to open its own school, and the results have been positive:

For about the same budget cost as the mentor program, the Morongo tribe decided to build a tribally managed private school. Currently the school covers K-8th grade, and in fall 2013, the Morongo School will create a 9th grade class, and each year after will create a new high school class. By 2015, the school will cover K-12. . . .

The curriculum emphasizes nation building, culture, reading, math, environment, and writing. Cultural activities and knowledge are built into leadership, cultural games, and cultural classes. Test scores in math and reading have increased dramatically for both strong students and initially low scoring students.


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