The Renton School District participates in the Native American/Alaska Native Education Program, serving Native American and Alaska Native students at the elementary, middle and high school level. This program is funded by Federal Title VII Grant monies based on Native American student counts and administered through Student and Family Support Services.
Native American/Alaska Native Education Program mission is:
To assist our Native American/Alaska Native students in fulfilling their academic education.
To preserve and enlighten an understanding of Native culture within the school and their community.
To inspire and enable all students to realize their full potential and to become responsible, successful and caring adults.
For more information about the Native American/Alaska Native Program Contact:
This form certifies that a student is enrolled in a district school. The program provides services for all students who meet any of the following qualifications:
Member of a tribe, band or other organized group of Indians including those terminated since 1940
Child or grandchild of any such member mentioned above
An Eskimo, Aleut or other Alaska Native
Considered by the Secretary of the Department of Interior to be a Native American or Alaska Native
Benefits of the Native American/Alaska Native Education Program include:
Increased academic achievement by improving school performance K-12th grade.
Increased knowledge of cultural identity and awareness, within an urban school setting.
Increased school attendance with those students who have a high rate of absenteeism.
In-court advocacy for Native youth and their parents regarding the BECCA Bill, No Child Left Behind and other juvenile issues.
Advising and referrals to outside community agencies based on identified student and family needs.
Assistance for students and families needing confidential drug and alcohol referrals.
Facilitation for the higher education application process (college and vocational schools) for high school seniors and their families.
Assistance for accessing scholarships and financial aid through Native American/Alaska Native agencies, organizations and corporations.
Advocate for students and their families regarding Special Education and IEP’s.
Celebrating Native American and Alaska Native students and families
June 9, 2017—The district’s annual celebration of Native America and Alaska Native students and families was held recently to honor their hard work, dedication, and effort throughout the school year. A special framed art print was presented to graduating seniors, while younger students were presented with books of Native American stories.
About 60 people were in attendance at the ceremony held in the Renton High School Commons. The program included a catered dinner, cultural performances from Alaska Native dance groups the Haida Heritage Foundation and Tsimshian Hayuuk, as well as storytelling from local artist and educator Roger Fernandes.
The annual celebration is part of the district’s Title VI Native Education program, which is funded by a federal grant and serves about 282 students K-12 across the district.
Governor closes schools for remainder of 2019-2020 school year
Today, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that schools across the state will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. During this closure, all schools in our district will remain closed.
We acknowledge continued school closures present many challenges for students, staff, families, and the entire community. This is difficult news for all of us: students miss their friends and teachers, and we miss our students. While staff across our district are demonstrating their professional and personal commitment to our students in meaningful and inspiring ways, we understand that this extended closure also raises numerous questions for students and families. We have been working for the past several weeks to provide education in a different, sustainable model; and we will continue to work to provide answers to questions brought by this new directive.