Join us every Tuesday after school at North Hill Elementary from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. for our Native Education After-School Group.
ʔi, syaʔyaʔ! (Lushootseed)
Wáa sá iyatee! (Tlingit)
The Native Education Program is invested in Native student success!
- Program Overview
- Program Enrollment
- Commitment to Native Students
- Program Successes
We help American Indian and Alaska Native students:
- Qualify for specialized academic services and non-academic support.
- With placement, transfers, discipline, truancy questions and concerns.
- Access behavioral mental health and chemical dependency services.
- Access various district and program engagement opportunities.
- Navigate post-secondary options - college and career pathways support specific to American Indian & Alaska Native learners.
- Grow their culturally-responsive leadership capacity.
The Native Education Program also:
- Supports the integration and ongoing development of the Washington State Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum.
- Advocates for Native students and their families.
- Serves as a liaison between students, families, school staff and community agencies.
- Provides information and advisement about tribal affiliation and enrollment processes to American Indian or Alaska Native students.
All American Indian and Alaska Native students and their families are strongly encouraged to enroll in the program and participate in program activities.
To be enrolled in the Native Education Program, please complete the following forms:
Please do not leave the tribal affiliation space blank on the form. Be sure to sign and date the form. Think you may have filled out this form in the past? It is critical that this form is current, complete and on file for each student. Please contact us if you have questions or are unsure.
To better provide quality programs and services to Native students in Highline, we ask families to fill out this form. The information we collect helps us to better identify strengths and needs of every Native student enrolled in Highline Public Schools and helps us to develop, in partnership with families of Native students, strategies to more effectively serve them.
This brief form helps us improve education for American Indian and/or Alaska Native students in Highline.
How to Submit the Forms
There are several ways to submit the forms.
Highline Native Education Office @ Highline Central Office
ATTN: Sara Marie Ortiz
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
Burien, WA 98166
You may also submit the the form at your school office, directing them to email to Native Education Program Office/Program Manager Sara Marie Ortiz, or send directly to Sara Marie Ortiz at the HPS Central Office, using the address above.
Please contact Sara Marie Ortiz at 206-631-3162 if you have any questions or concerns.
The Native Education Program is committed to working with, and on behalf of, Native students and families:
- To provide authentic, culturally relevant, responsive and competent academic support to Native students.
- To actively support the academic success of our Native students in high school and prepare them for college, successful careers, and meaningful citizenship.
- To highlight programs, services, and resources in Highline Public Schools, currently available to all students, and support Native students and families in accessing these resources to maximize Native student success.
- To empower students and their families to be positive change-makers in their communities by providing quality academic advancement, community service opportunities, mentorship opportunities, and leadership development opportunities.
Successfully executed programs and services include:
- Native student/family advocacy
- Direct academic support provided to American Indian/Alaska Native students across grades
- College/career readiness advisement and mentoring
- Native art, culture, Indigenous Knowledge Frameworks, and community leadership exposure
- District-wide implementation framework development of the Washington State Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum (ongoing)
- Program development/capacity building and donor relationship building
- Drafting/passage of and ongoing implementation of and adherence to the Highline Public Schools Native Education Board Policy (2197)
- Support of HPS leadership/admin/staff's culturally-rooted and informed service to Native students across grades, schools, and content areas
- Strategic and intensive community partner/stakeholder engagement and support
- Cross-district scaling of promising practices in Native K-12 education, inclusive of co-teaching/learning opportunities with the Western Washington State Native American Education Consortium, Washington State Indian Education Association, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, National Indian Education Association, Urban Native Education Alliance, University of Washington, Highline College, and other key Native education stakeholders
- Intensive family engagement for families of Native students in Highline and support of high level community/family/tribal participation in development of district policies/procedures and programming to ensure Native student success
- Extension of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported Partnering for Early Native Learner Success Project, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe-supported Plan for Native Student Success, Native Student Secondary Success strand, and the ongoing enhancement of the Highline Public Schools Native Family Advisory Council
- Ongoing development and full support of the Native Student Literacy Success Summer Academy and Native Education K-8 Literacy Liaison who works across the district to support the improved literacy proficiency of our Title III qualified Native students K-8 with limited Native Title III support also provided to students in grades 9-12
Northwest Justice Project: Low cost or no-cost legal services for Native families
SW King County Chamber of Commerce: SUCCESS Foundation/Ed Committee
Seattle Art Museum Salish Resource Guide from/in conjunction with permanent exhibit @ SAM
Urban Native Ed Listening Session Transcript: May 2012 (Seattle, WA)
United States Office of Indian Education (Department of Education)
U.S. Department of Education Office of Indian Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Room 3E201, LBJ Bldg.
Washington, DC 20202-6335
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Office of Native Education
ONE Supervisor - Michael Vendiola (Swinomish)
WA State OSPI Office of Native Education
Old Capitol Building
PO Box 47200
The Highline Native Student Success Summit 2019 is Coming!
The Native Student Success Summit is designed to inspire and empower high school students to be successful in higher education and beyond. Registration is required, transportation will be provided, and attendance is free.
During the summit, participants will:
- Find encouragement and support with tools and resources for Native student success and leadership development.
- Gain an increased awareness of ways to identify, articulate and work toward actionable goals for personal and communal success in culturally rooted ways.
- Make meaningful connections and gain a deeper sense of community with other Native student leaders.
Registration information/link will be available soon so stay tuned!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org today to learn more and express your interest in participating at the summit.
You're invited! The Highline Indigenous Theater + Music Fest will take the stage two nights in a row: October 31 and November 1.
We had an amazing summer academy at Shorewood Elementary this year with 15-20 Native students consistently participating each week.
On May 10, our Native Education Program and Language Learning Department hosted the inaugural Highline Indigenous Languages Forum. Over 25 community members, Native students, family leaders and teachers participated.
Sara Marie Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo)
Native Education Program Manager