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Off-Reservation Residential Schools

Off-Reservation Residential Schools (ORRS) are academic living-and-learning institutions offering Native American scholars customized scholastic, social, and cultural curricula. These grade school- through high school-aged educational programs prepare students for higher learning, community leadership, and global job markets. Students develop and excel in a variety of classroom, campus, dormitory, and community settings that teach, embrace, and preserve the indigenous language, customs, and tradition.


 

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Chemawa Indian School

Chemawa Indian School boasts one of the most beautiful and sprawling preparatory school campuses in the Northwest Region. Created in 1880, it has been designated as the oldest, continuously operated boarding school for Native American students. Chemawa’s 9th – 12th graders population continues to grow as their residential facilities with age-appropriate dormitories, full recreation programs, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service counseling center, and much more. Chemawa Indian School’s 79-acre campus is housed securely within 450 acres of land. Chemawa’s campus offers safe, academically enriched, and fun learning environments that emphasize the culture, heritage, and languages of its diverse Native communities. A dedicated team of teachers, educators, administrators, and support staff provides students with the educational resources needed to access ever-advancing technologies and to achieve their full potential.  

Students benefit from a variety of academic programs, extracurricular activities, and support services designed to help them succeed while in school and after graduation. Chemawa Indian School’s faculty offers a wide range of opportunities for a diverse student body to take advantage of college readiness programs, such as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), SAT/ACT prep classes, and Dual Credit with Western Oregon University. Students with interests outside of the classroom may choose from a wide variety of academic programs, such as Automotive Mechanics, Robotics Technology, American Indian Science and Engineering, and Agricultural Program with School Farm.

Grades:  9-12 

Year Established:  1880

Accreditation:  State of Oregon

Flandreau Indian School front of building

Flandreau Indian School

Flandreau Indian School located in Flandreau, South Dakota has been educating Indigenous youth for over 140 years. Originally established in 1875, Flandreau Indian School built its high school educational program upon holistic and comprehensive support services. A full-time Nurse on Campus, Chaplaincy Program, and a Native Spirituality Program are some of the services designed to support students throughout their educational journey. Students will find a variety of activities for spending and enjoying their time on campus with fellow classmates. This 450-acre campus includes a gymnasium, weight training facility, outdoor cross-country course, honor dorms, study centers with computers, and dining areas. Every student will be assigned an Academic Counselor who will remain dedicated for their entire high school career.    

While attending Flandreau residential school, students are provided a culturally resonant and culturally sensitive curriculum and extracurricular activity that informs their physical, social, and emotional development. Flandreau Indian School’s athletic program offers opportunities for the athletes of Boys and Girls and Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. The sports program provides many excellent opportunities for student-athletes to develop friendships, leadership skills, and work ethics. Basketball, cross-country, track and field, wrestling, golf, volleyball, and cheerleading, are a few of the sports that Flandreau Indians use to build community, accentuate holistic education, develop leadership skills, and embrace academic excellence.

Grades:  9-12 

Year Established:  1893

Accreditation:  State of South Dakota

Riverside Indian School

Riverside Indian School

Riverside Indian School, accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, is serving the academic, social, and emotional needs of a diverse student body (approximately 800 students). This unique residential school promotes cultural preservation, high academic achievement, and personal growth among its student population, which includes grades 4th – 12th. Riverside campus’s recently renovated and upgraded facilities will accommodate every age group of the student body. Students will comfortably share dorm, recreation, study, and living facilities while in residence. With a diverse range of educational programs and support services like Counseling Technicians on Campus, Telepsychiatry, and Indian Health Services, all students can receive the necessary emotional, mental, and physical assistance they might need. Riverside Indian School offers a rigorous academic program designed to prepare Native adolescent scholars for high school, college, and beyond.

Riverside Indian School offers students excellent opportunities to grow, build, create, and play together. This educational journey involves a primary focus on academic achievement and engagement, while keeping a critical eye on the journey outside of the classroom. Riverside’s extracurricular activities continue developing students’ mental, social, and emotional well-being, and are key to creating future leaders. Also, student-athletes will have plenty of opportunities to compete on Junior Varsity and Varsity athletic team sports, such as basketball, volleyball, track and field, softball, and more.

Grades:  4-12 

Year Established:  1871

Accreditation:  Oklahoma State Dept of Education

Sherman Indian High School campus

Sherman Indian High School

Sherman Indian High School was originally opened in 1892 as Perris Indian School in Perris, California. The school was relocated to Riverside, California in 1903 and renamed the Sherman Institute. That name would remain until 1971 when the school was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and it became Sherman Indian High School. Sherman Indian High School serves as a college preparatory institution providing a comprehensive education that emphasizes academic excellence, cultural awareness, and personal growth.

Sherman Indian High School is committed to preparing students for life beyond high school by offering robust college prep programming that includes Advanced Placement courses, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Dual Enrollment with Riverside Community College, and much more.

Support services include college counseling, financial aid workshops, as well as elective courses in art, music, and physical education. Students from over 100 tribes across the United States attend Sherman Indian High School, making it a diverse yet inclusive learning community. In addition to academic classes, students also participate in cultural activities such as powwows, traditional dance, and language classes, which help them to connect with their heritage, new friends, and promote cultural awareness.

Grades:  9-12 

Year Established:  1892

Accreditation:  WASC through 2028

ORRS Comparison Table

Each school has specific features and amenities that may suit a student’s interests and needs better. To review the offerings, select the area you are interested in and each school's features will be listed in a drop-down menu for side-by-side comparison.

Every ORRS incorporates a safety culture. The well-being of every student is the top priority, providing a myriad of campus security measures such as perimeter fencing, staffed entry points, and overnight room checks while in residence. Additionally, numerous safety protocols are in place, such as Bully Prevention Policies, Active Shooter Response Preparedness, Teen Driver Safety, Playground Safety, and more. ORRS enhances the learning process by managing students’ mental, physical, emotional, and social needs.

Chemawa Indian School

  • Completed School Application
  • School Reference Form (must be completed by last Principal, Teacher, or Counselor)

Flandreau Indian School

  • Completed School Application

Riverside Indian School

  • Completed School Application
  • School Reference Form (must be completed by last Principal, Teacher, or Counselor)

Sherman Indian High School

  • Completed School Application
  • School Reference Form (must be completed by last Principal, Teacher, or Counselor)

Chemawa Indian School

  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
  • Dual Credit with Western Oregon University
  • Honors Courses
  • SAT/ACT Preparatory Classes
  • Credit Recovery Program
  • Early intervention for on time graduation
  • Monthly scholarship, FAFSA and college application workshops

Flandreau Indian School

  • College Dual Credit
  • Upward Bound School for South Dakota State University
  • Postsecondary Education Workshops
  • Honor Dorms in Residence Halls

Riverside Indian School

  • Scholarships for Postsecondary Education – counselors assist with identifying opportunities and submitting applications. 
  • Credit Recovery Program - The focus is always juniors and seniors for credit recovery. 5th year seniors are priority.

Sherman Indian High School

  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
  • FAFSA/Application/Scholarship Workshops
  • Early Academic Outreach Program – to help students with coursework and admission to any UC school
  • Dual Enrollment with Riverside Community College and California Indian Nations College
  • University of California Regents Approved Courses

Chemawa Indian School

  • Vocational Opportunities
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Robotics
  • Automotive Program
  • Native Studies Program
  • Agricultural Program with School Farm
  • State of the art Automotive Technology program
  • Industrial arts program – metalwork, carpentry, textiles and culinary
  • Senior Capstone Cultural Project
  • Community Service “Give Back” Days in the Community
  • Work Study/Job Shadowing Program

Special Education:

  • Full implementation of IEP academic and behavioral support services

Flandreau Indian School

  • Fine Arts/Theatre Arts Workshops
  • Contemporary Industrial Arts
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Academic Counselors

Special Education:

  • Specialized Academic and Behavioral Support Services

Riverside Indian School

Elective Educational Programs:

  • Computer
  • Arts
  • Health
  • Personal Finance
  • Speech
  • Music
  • Native Literature
  • Tribal Government
  • Native Song & Dance
  • Active Wellness Policy to Promote Healthy Choices

Sherman Indian High School

  • Native Studies (9th grade) and Tribal Government (12th grade) courses.
  • CTE Pathways: Culinary, Health Careers, Plant Science, Animal Science, Public Safety, Construction, Automotive/Electricity, or Computers. (Each Pathway culminates with an internship in the field of study.)

Special Education:

  • Full Implementation of All Current and Transfer IEPs.

Chemawa Indian School

  • Student Council and Leadership Development
  • Year-round Sports Program
  • Intramural Activities
  • Full Recreation Department
  • Tutoring
  • Social & Academic Clubs
  • Residence life activities
  • State-of-the-art fitness center

  Cultural Activities:

  • Cultural Arts
  • Traditional Cooking
  • Cultural Clubs

  Off-Campus:

  • Hiking
  • Beach
  • Mountains
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants

Flandreau Indian School

JV & Varsity Sports:

  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field
  • Cheerleading
  • Campus dances

Cultural Activities:

  • Indian Club

Off-Campus:

  • Movies

Riverside Indian School

JV & Varsity Sports:

  • Cross-country
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field

Organizations:

  • Indian Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Robotics Club
  • War Party Sports Fans

Cultural Activities:

  • Powwow
  • Drum making
  • Beadwork

Off-Campus:

  • Skating

Sherman Indian High School

JV & Varsity Sports:

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Track & Field

Cultural Activities:

  • Sons / Daughters of Tradition
  • Annual Pow-Wow Week
  • Drum Group
  • Hoop Dance Lessons
  • Annual Round Dance Ceremony
  • Sacred Voices Speakers
  • Native American Film Festival

Chemawa Indian School

  • Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health provided adjacent to campus
  • Academic Counseling
  • School Nurse (RN) providing triage and medication management
  • Full counseling center in the dormitory (evening and weekend access)
  • Group counseling in the areas of:  homesickness, grief, drug and alcohol abuse
  • Support groups – Hope Squad, Two Spirits, Al-Anon

Flandreau Indian School

  • Nurse on campus Monday – Friday, during school hours
  • Chaplaincy Program
  • Native Spirituality Program

Riverside Indian School

  • Counseling Technicians on campus
  • Indian Health Services Licensed Counselors on campus
  • Telepsychiatry as needed

Sherman Indian High School

  • Indian Health Services clinic
  • Holistic Medical and Behavioral Health

Home Living Counseling Tech for:

  • Homesickness
  • Grief
  • Substance Abuse
  • Personal Decision Making

Chemawa Indian School

  • Full Recreation Program
  • Challenge Course Programming
    • On-campus
    • Designed for personal growth, community development, and fun
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Room
  • Full-service Counseling Center
  • Braves Boutique – clothing closet for everyday wear, business wear, and formal wear
  • Students placed in dormitories with same age groups

Flandreau Indian School

  • Honor Dorms
  • Study Centers with Computers
  • Recreation Areas
  • Gymnasium
  • Weight Training Facilities
  • Residence Hall Wings connected by central dining area
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Chaplaincy Program

Riverside Indian School

Dorm placements based on grade level and gender.

  • Grades 4-7 housed in smaller dorms
  • Grades 8-12 housed in larger dorms
  • All dorms attend multiple trips a month off campus

Sherman Indian High School

  • Dorm placements based on grade level and gender.
  • 4 Fully Operational Dormitories
    (2 boys and 2 girls)

Set after-school and weekend schedule

  • Campus Life
  • Recreation Center
  • Clarke Cultural Center
  • Gymnasium
  • Weight Room
  • Tutoring

Off-campus:

  • Beach trips
  • Theme Parks

Chemawa Indian School

chemawa.bie.edu

Flandreau Indian School

flandreauindianeducation.com

Riverside Indian School

ris.bie.edu

Sherman Indian High School

shermanindian.org

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