Timeline of NACA 

The early planning of NACA focused on engaging and capitalizing on the strengths and assets of the community with a small start-up team. NACA was designed in collaboration with 150 community members to establish a school that reflects their values/priorities including personal wellness, cultural identity, and academic preparation. NACA has created significant connections and collaborations in the community to provide success for students.

2005 - Community-led planning period (Tides Foundation)

2006 - NACA opened, grades 6-8 (growing to 6-12)

2011 - Received support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and housed first class of teaching fellows

2011 - Formed NACA Foundation to support school growth

2012 - Graduated first senior class; 100% college accepted

2012 - Recognized as a National Association for Secondary School Principals “Breakthrough School”

2014 - Permanent campus secured in the facilities of a former Indian School

2016 - NACA Elementary opened, serving grades K-1 and growing one grade annually

Evolution of NISN

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Training Program

Growing Educators for Native American Communities (GENAC)

  • Partnered with community college

  • 12-18 month alternative licensure program

  • Hands-on learning experiences through capstone fieldwork

  • Now approximately 30 educators serve in schools and educational roles in Native Communities

End result: More highly qualified teachers who are skilled in delivering culturally integrated education to work in areas that are often hard-to-staff.