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Mission Statement

St. Michael Indian School provides students from local Native American communities with a quality education that:

* is rooted in Catholic values,

* is sensitive to Native heritage,

* teaches leadership skills, and

* enables students to contribute in a culturally diverse world.

Description

St. Michael Indian School was established and financed in 1902 by Sister Katharine Drexel. It initially operated as a half-day academic institution, with the other half-day devoted to vocational agriculture and carpentry training.

In response to changing priorities of parents and students, vocational programs were phased out during WWII, and high school was added in 1946. The emphasis on academic excellence from kindergarten through grade twelve has been most demonstrable in the post-secondary pursuits of SMIS graduates. Twenty-seven of the thirty most recent (2007) high school draduates enrolled in post-secondary education programs, so to attend such prestigious institutions as Dartmouth, Yale and Notre Dame University.

No tuition was charged until 1946. Then a $10 per student tuition fee (cash or in-kind) was initiated. Tuition and registration fees have since risen to $1,900 for each of the current 221 primary school students and $3,150 for the 154 high schoolers.

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