Studen​t Eli​gibility

Tacoma's Indian Education Program meets the ​unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state standards as all students. The Indian Education Program is committed to connecting families of Native American students with culture, community and education.

The Program is federally funded as part of civil rights legislation and treaty guarantees through the Office of Indian Education in Washington D.C.

Any TPS child meeting the following:

  1. Be an “Indian” or a descendant of a biological parent or biological grandparent who is:
    • A member (as defined by the Indian tribe or band) of an Indian tribe or band including those Indian tribes or bands or groups terminated since 1940; and those recognized by the state in which they reside; or
    • Considered by the Secretary of Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; or
    • An Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or
    • A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988, as it was in effect October 19, 1994.
      • *Canadian Tribes are not eligible.
  2. Must have a Title VI Student Eligibility 506 Form on file with TPS Indian Education Office. You can also find this form at your child’s school or the Indian Education Office.
  3. Student must be enrolled in TPS

Parent/Guardi​an Membership Benefits

  • Involvement in planning program goals and activities
  • Increased knowledge of district policies & procedures
  • Networking with local organizations serving AI/AN students and families
  • Quarterly Parent Advisory Committee Meetings

Program​ Servic​es and Benefits

  • High School credit recovery
  • Annual High School Graduation Celebration
  • Annual Pow-wow in partnership with Tacoma Community College
  • Community resource programs
  • Community service learning
  • College visitations
  • Facilitate communication with schools, students, and families
  • Newsletter
  • In-service workshop for culturally related topics
  • Increased involvement in children’s education
  • Opportunity for personal growth

Program Ob​jectives

  • Address the culturally related academic needs of AI/AN students.
  • Extended program support with academic, lab, sports and school fees, will be for qualified AI/AN students reviewed based on free / reduced lunch status as the priority.
  • Improve cultural awareness and self esteem among program students
  • Increase the number of AI/AN students successfully completing and graduating from high school.
  • Share area cultural activities schedule to increase student knowledge and awareness of heritage and community opportunities
  • Provide support and guidance for school staff in the selection of curriculum using American Indian and Alaskan Native literature and provide assistance and materials to insure the accuracy of American Indian and Alaskan Native history