Native American Education Program
The Eastside Native American Education Program provides culturally relevant activities, family programs and enrichment opportunities to Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native children
The Eastside Native American Education Program is a federally-funded program that assists Native American, Alaskan Native and American Indian students in the Lake Washington, Bellevue and Northshore School districts in grades K-12. Since the initiation of the Indian Education Act of 1972, the federal government has assisted local school districts in funding educational programs for all Native American, American Indian and Alaskan Native children. These programs are intended to provide children with programs that not only offer them the opportunity to succeed academically but to enrich their cultural lives as well.
Program Administrator Mary Wilber and an open committee of parents steers the program content and determines the best available talents and resources to implement the program’s activities.
To assist all Native students, provided services include:
- Once a week after-school activities
- Homework support
- Coordination of home and school needs
- Student advocacy
- Cultural events
- MSP / HSPE preparatory classes
- Microsoft Job Shadow
The program offers opportunities for Native Students and families to create a community through activities the parent committee organizes during the school year. The program’s Eastside Native American Program Website provides more detailed information on the current events and activities.
This program relies upon a grant from the federal government that is based upon the number of Native children within the educational entity applying for the grant. The Eastside Native American Education Program is a consortium of the Lake Washington, Bellevue and Northshore School districts. The number of children served in the program determines the amount of grant money the program collects.
The program is required by the federal government to be "comprehensive" in its scope, meaning that it must provide activities that meet the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, but also must be consistent with and promote the goals in the state and local improvement plans under Title III of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, as well as other state standards and assessments. The program is assessed each year by the government to ensure that the goals are being met.
Any child who is an enrolled member of a band or tribe, or who is the child or grandchild of an enrolled member of a band or tribe is eligible for the program. For more details, visit the Eastside Native American Program Website.