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ORRS

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Chemawa

  • Located in Salem, OR (pop. 165,000)
  • 75 tribes represented from over 20 states
  • AVID – college readiness program
  • AISES – American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Behavioral health and medical services adjacent to campus

Flandreau

  • Located in Flandreau, SD which is near Sioux Falls, one of fastest growing urban areas in the United States, allows the luxury of small town living with convenient access to products and services of a larger city.
  • More than 35 tribes represented among the student body
  • Upward Bound school for South Dakota State Univ
  • Potential internship opportunities at area businesses
  • Robust off-campus activities and events

Riverside

  • Located on Wichita, Caddo, and Delaware land near Anadarko, OK
  • Over 75 tribes represented
  • In addition to core course requirements, RIS offers broad opportunities for art and cultural courses
  • Active wellness policy to promote healthy choices and living
  • Students regularly awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunity for post-secondary education

Sherman

  • Located in Riverside, CA, sixty miles east of Los Angeles
  • Almost 70% of students come from reservations; approximately 75 tribes represented
  • Articulation agreement with UC universities
  • Early Academic Outreach Program school through UC Riverside
  • IHS clinic located on campus provides primary healthcare and behavioral health
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ORRS Comparison Table

Chemawa
Grades 9-12


Salem, OR
Pacific time zone


Students from over 24 states and 75 tribes.


400 student capacity
Teacher:student ratio – 1:18
Staff:Student ratio – 1:4

Year established: 1880


Campus acreage: 450+

AdvancED accreditation


Oregon diploma

Admissions requirements
(immunizations, COVID measures)


Completed application and all requirements including immunization requirements.
COVID plans.

Academic programs
(including SPED)

  • AVID – College readiness program
  • Honors Courses
  • Credit Recovery
  • Enrichment Classes
  • Vocational opportunities
  • Dual Credit with Western Oregon University
  • SAT/ACT Preparatory Classes
  • State of the art technology in every classroom
  • 20:1 Student/Teacher Ratio
  • Robotics/AISES
  • Automotive Program
  • Native Studies Program
  • Agricultural Program w/school farm including goats, cows and chickens

Extra-curricular
including interscholastic sports

  • Full Year-Round Sports Program
  • Tutoring
  • Cultural Arts
  • Traditional Cooking
  • Social, academic and cultural clubs
  • Intermural activities
  • Full recreation department
  • Residence life activities
  • State of the art fitness room

Support services including health and counseling services
(academic and mental/behavioral health)

  • (Medical, dental and behavioral health) provided adjacent to our campus
  • Academic counseling

Residential Program
including evening and weekend programming and student placement/room assignments, especially the younger grades.

  • Full recreation program
  • Challenge Course programming
  • Weekly off campus trips – hiking, beach, mountains, shopping, fast food
  • State of the art fitness room
  • Full-service counseling center
  • Braves Boutique – clothing closet (everyday wear, business wear, and formal wear)
  • Students placed in dormitories with same age groups

Cemetery information, if applicable.

Video of school campus or activities:

 

 

Flandreau
Grades 9-12


Flandreau, SD
Central Time Zone

Year established: 1893


Campus acreage: 450+

Accreditation: State of South Dakota


Diploma

Admissions requirements
(immunizations, COVID measures)


Completed application and all requirements including immunization requirements.

Academic programs
(including SPED)

  • SPECIAL EDUCATION: staff is committed to providing specialized academic and behavioral supports & services to students.
  • College Dual Credit
  • Contemporary Industrial Arts
  • Fine Arts/Theatre Arts workshops
  • Post-secondary workshops
  • Upward Bound school for SDSU
  • Honor Hall rooms in residence halls

Extra-curricular
including interscholastic sports

On-campus opportunities include the use of the gymnasium and weight training facilities, Canteen, outdoor cross-country course, participating in campus dances, movies, and intramural activities. Off campus activities include things like attending movies, roller skating, bowling, dining out, and attending cultural events and sporting events.
Student Leadership Opportunities available via various programs.
INDIAN ATHLETICS:
Currently we offer opportunities in JV and varsity sports including Football, Cross Country (Boys/Girls), Volleyball, Golf (Boys/Girls), Basketball (Boys and Girls), Track, Golf, and Cheerleading.

Support services including health and counseling services
(academic and mental/behavioral health)

  • Nurse on campus M-F during school hours
  • Flandreau Tribal Clinic located in the city of Flandreau for basic health care needs for eligible students.
  • Academic counselors are assigned to work with students throughout the career of the student
  • Behavioral health services may be available through other providers
  • FIS Chaplaincy program, Native Spirituality program

Residential Program
including evening and weekend programming and student placement/room assignments, especially the younger grades.

  • Shared kitchen, study centers with computers, laundry facilities, and recreation and leisure areas
  • Honor Dorm
  • Chaplaincy program
  • Residence halls consist of separate wings connected by a cental dining area which allows students to remain indoors

Cemetery information, if applicable.

 

 

Riverside Indian School
Grades 4-12


Anadarko, OK
Central Time Zone

Year established: 1871


Campus acreage: 450+

Accreditation: OK State Dept of Education


Diploma

Admissions requirements
(immunizations, COVID measures)


Completed Student Application with acceptance letter from the committee.

Academic programs
(including SPED)

In addition to the core academic requirements in math, english, and science there are other subjects available such as computer and arts, and electives in health, personal finance, speech, music, Native literature, tribal government, Native song & dance.
Credit recovery through the Bridge Program.

Extra-curricular
including interscholastic sports

JV and varsity opportunities in cross-country, baseball, softball, basketball and track & field.
Student clubs: NHS, student council, Indian Club, War Party (sports fans), Robotics, Close-Up.

Support services
(academic and mental/behavioral health)

Counseling Technicians on campus, IHS licensed counselors on campus and Telepsychiatry as needed.

Residential Program

Grade 8-12 will be housed in the new big dorms. Grade 4-7 will be housed in the small dorms. All dorms attend multiple trips a month off campus. Some outings include skating, movies, college games and eating.

Cemetery information, if applicable.

 

 

Sherman Indian High School
Grades 9-12


Riverside, CA
Pacific Time Zone

Year established: 1892


Campus acreage: 450+

Accreditation: WASC through June 2028


Diploma

Admissions requirements
(immunizations, COVID measures)

  • Complete the 22-23 School Application (including all vaccination records, CIB, physical, recommendation form, and other requested documents).
  • COVID vaccination is not required but is highly recommended. If your student is vaccinated, please provide proof to the school.

Academic programs
(including SPED)

Sherman Indian HS offers a number of Academic programs for our students:

  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination): this is a college prep program for 10th – 12th graders who want to attend college after high school. The program is not meant for the top-grade earners, rather for those who are in the “middle of the road” and need a little extra help to get their grades up and accepted into college. AVID focuses on being college ready, including taking higher level and challenging courses, applying for college and scholarships, completing FAFSA, and preparing students to be successful in their post-secondary educational endeavors.
  • Cultural Educational Opportunities: Sherman offers both Native Studies (9th grade) and Tribal Government (12th grade) courses. Our Cultural and Traditional Leader also provides coursework in Museum Studies, where our students help run and maintain our on-campus museum.
  • CTE Pathways: This is a career education opportunity for students who are interested in one of the following fields: 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.
  • A – g courses: a – g courses are courses approved by the Regents of the University of California. If a student wants to attend a UC after high school, they will need to complete their a – g requirements. Sherman offers several courses in each category to help our students meet their a – g requirements.
  • Special Education: The Special Education department provides full implementation of all current and transfer IEPs. Class offerings include SDC, RSP, and inclusion classes to meet varied needs of our learners. The Special Education department also works closely with our Pathways program to write relevant transition plans for our Special Education students that can be implemented in their home communities.
  • EAOP (Early Academic Outreach Program): The academic counselors work with our students and UC Riverside to identify students who are eligible for this program. The program is designed to help students with both their coursework and admission to UC Riverside (or any other UC).
  • FAFSA/Application/Scholarship Workshops: The academic counselors also offer day, evening, and weekend workshops for our students to help them fill out their college applications, FAFSA, and scholarship applications. Flyers and announcements are made notifying students when the workshops will be held.
  • We also have partnerships with Riverside Community College and California Indian Nations College that allow our students dual enrollment so they can begin taking college courses while still in high school
  • Sherman also offers educational opportunities for Gifted and Talented, Bilingual, and 504 support if needed.

Extra-curricular
including interscholastic sports

Sherman offers the following sports:

  • Boys
    • Football
    • Cross Country
    • Basketball (JV and Varsity)
    • Baseball
    • Track and Field
  • Girls
    • Volleyball (JV and Varsity)
    • Cross Country
    • Basketball (JV and Varsity)
    • Softball
    • Track and Field

Extracurricular Cultural Activities: Sherman offers a number of after school and weekend cultural activities for our students to participate in. We offer Sons of Tradition, Daughters of Tradition, Pow-Wow night, drum group, talking circles, a beginning of the year Unity Fire, Fancy Shawl, Jingle Dress, and Hoop Dance lessons, annual Round Dance ceremony, speakers from Sacred Voices, Native American Film Festival, Gourd Dance Pow-Wow, and a partnership with Sacred Sites Institute.

 Clubs: Sherman offers a number of club opportunities for our students as well. Each dorm forms their own club so they can fundraise for dorm trips. Other clubs we have had in past years include Crochet Club and G-Team (Environmental). If there are clubs that students would like to start, they can ask a staff member to sponsor it.

 Annual Pow-Wow is held on the third Saturday in April. The Sherman Pow-Wow will return fully in April 2023.

 Ms. Sherman Pageant: this annual event is held during the week of Pow-Wow, where our young women vie for the title of Ms. Sherman. Ms. Sherman is our school ambassador, and will represent our school at off-campus events both locally and out-of-state.

Support services
(academic and mental/behavioral health)

There is an Indian Health Services (IHS) Clinic located in the main academics building. The Clinic staff provide primary care and behavioral health care to students enrolled at Sherman Indian High School during school hours. A board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, a caring Registered Nurse, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Medical Support Assistant provide care in a relaxed, quiet atmosphere. Students are guided toward healing by holistic medical and behavioral health care, rehabilitation, and prevention services. In some cases, a student’s health needs exceed the limits of the Clinic. In these situations, care may be referred to a local specialist or a student may be placed on Health/Medical Leave.

 After school hours, there is one Homeliving Counseling Tech. The Counseling Tech works with students on dealing with issues such as homesickness, grief, substance abuse, and personal decision making. We are also in the process of hiring a second Counseling Tech.

Residential Program including evening and weekend programming and student placement/room assignments, especially the younger grades.

The residential program has a set after school and weekend schedule that is flexible should there be a special event. Students have access to the Recreation Center, Clarke Cultural Center, the gym, the weight room, off campus trips (for supplies), field trips, tutoring, and dorm activities. The goal of the Homeliving program is to give students the opportunity to grow socially, physically, and culturally, in a safe and secure learning environment that focuses on student retention.

 Dorm placement is based on grade level and gender. Dorm Managers make individual room placement decisions. Currently we have 4 fully operational dorms, 2 boys and 2 girls. All 4 may be in use for the upcoming school year if staffing permits.

Cemetery information, if applicable.

Sherman Indian does have a cemetery that is located 5 miles away from campus, on a plot of land that was owned by the school at one time. All of the graves have a marker, and all of the names of the deceased are remembered on a memorial wall. While we know where all of our deceased are located, we unfortunately know the exact burial location of each person who is laid to rest there.

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