State eyes American Indian residential school
By Dirk Lammers
Condensed by Native Village
South Dakota has applied for a grant to help build a year-round
residential school for Native American students. The new school is
meant to improve academic achievement among Native youth. It will
likely be built in
The grant, "Race to the Top,"
is a U.S. Department of Education program aimed at student success.
In the grant, the school would serve grades 9 – 12 and offer two
years of postsecondary education. Curriculum would focus on
science, technology, engineering and math.
The initiative would also involve family and tribal communities.
Students could receive
mentoring, internships, research
experiences and cultural guidance.
The new venture would be an outgrowth of the GEAR UP honors program
(Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.)
GEAR UP began in 1992. It targets mainly American Indian students and prepares
them for postsecondary education.
GEAR UP” success:
All students have
graduated from high school;
have pursued postsecondary education;
9% have joined the military;
have either graduated, or are still enrolled, in
The school would begin with a freshman class
and add a grade level
at a time. The school may partner with state universities to offer
The U.S. Department of Education
plans to announce its first-round winners in spring.
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