Native American Education

Kevin Fortuin

520-545-2125 Fax

2238 E. Ginter Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
United States
32° 8' 15.7164" N, 110° 56' 15.8604" W

Native American Education Program

The Native American Education Program (NAEP) is a program of the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD). The mission of Sunnyside Unified School District’s Native American Education Program is to recognize the unique cultural and educational needs of Native American students by providing the students, their families, and staff with tools and resources that are both culturally appropriate and meet the District’s standards allowing the students to realize their potential to succeed academically while embracing and preserving their culture, valuing education, and becoming valuable, successful contributors to the community in their future.

The NAEP is a supplemental program funded primarily though two grants: The Department of Education’s Indian Education Act (Title VII of ESEA) and Johnson O’Malley Act and it is implemented within all the District’s schools.

The goals of the Native American Education Program are as follows:

  • Increase Native American Graduation Rates
  • Increase the academic performance of Native American Students
  • Increase the Daily Attendance Rate of Native American Students
  • Promote a safe and orderly learning environment for Native American and all SUSD students
  • Increase the appreciation, expression, and understanding of Native American student culture and languages in SUSD.

Services provided by NAEP include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual and group tutoring in all academic subjects.
  • Individual student counseling/advising with an advisor/tutor who is sensitive and knowledgeable about the student’s culture.
  • Cultural activities and field trips.
  • Career development and information on higher educational opportunities.
  • Providing supplemental instructional materials for Native American students, staff, volunteers, and parents.
  • In-service or training opportunities for students, staff, volunteers and parents.
  • Serving as a liaison between Sunnyside Unified School District, students and their parents.

Program services are provided to all eligible Native American students within the Sunnyside Unified School District.

Currently, the NAEP employs six advisors who work to serve the District’s Native population. These advisors serve as role models for students, assisting them in becoming successful in their academic careers. NAEP severs approximately 900 Native American students (5% of SUSD’s student population). SUSD’s boundaries fall within San Xavier Indian Reservation. San Xavier District is a political subdivision of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Approximately two thirds of the students are Tohono O’odham. Other tribes represented within the program include: Apache, Blackfoot, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chumash, Gila River Indian Community, Hoopa, Hopi, Navajo, Salt River Pima Maricopa, Isleta Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Sioux and Yaqui.


Syndicate content

SUSD's One-to-One Computing Tech-savvy.

...has Career Academies.

...believes in Marketing and Open Enrollment.

...has doubled college enrollment numbers. Our graduates are college and career ready.

...expects students to graduate. We have doubled graduation numbers over the past six years. Online Learning. With anywhere anytime learning, SOSA and GradLink2. Innovation. We don’t have textbooks, we LOG ON to learn.

...doesn’t just bridge the digital divide. We are eliminating it with One-to-One Laptops.

...inspires students. We are preparing students for the 21st Century and the world. where Champions are Made. Sunnyside Little League World Series Champions and Sunnyside Wrestling Arizona State Division One Champions.

...starts working towards graduation before kindergarten. Award winning Ocotillo Early Learning Center. nationally recognized as being an innovator with technology, and inspired the U.S. Secretary of Education to come see why.