MIGIZI's Native Academy Program has been working in partnership with the Minneapolis schools since 2000 with a specific goal of increasing the graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates of American Indian students. Staff work in our partner schools co-teaching, teaching or providing support in Environmental Foundations, Biology, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II classes, among others where assistance is requested. Additionally staff work with counselors and social studies teachers to engage students in future educational and career planning as well as arranging their participation in college visits and postsecondary education fairs.
Our primary partnership site has been the All Nations Small Learning Community at South High School, the secondary program with the largest enrollment of American Indian students in the district. In addition to the Minneapolis Schools, the Native Academy partners with Minnesota Transitions Charter School and Nawayee Center School.
Since beginning our partnership, Indian graduation rates in MPS have increased from a dismal low of 18% in 2000 to nearly 48.8% in spring, 2009. The district credits much of this increase to our Native Academy Program that provides year-round academic support to students with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects.