NISN Affiliated Schools

Learn more about each of the NISN affiliated schools and their communities. 

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Network Schools in Progress


Native American Community Academy

Albuquerque, New Mexico Grades 6-12

In 2006, the Native American Community Academy (NACA) launched as a community-led school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the first urban charter school specifically focused on increasing the number of Native American students who choose the path of college - many as the first person in their family. By using a culturally-competent model, NACA students establish their path toward success.

Since inception, NACA grew from a middle school, then added a high school, and has now graduated three senior classes. Of graduates, 90-95% of were accepted to colleges and universities, with Yale, Brown, Cornell, University of New Mexico, and Princeton among the 45 higher education institutions extending invitations. The school has been recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as a Breakthrough School, among other notable commendations, and has received early growth capital to identify “what works” and share best practices.

NACA’s student body is diverse with many cultural and ethnic backgrounds represented, including students from more than 60 different tribes. NACA integrates culture, wellness, language, community, family, and preparation for college into each child’s education, which integrates partnership with families and the larger NACA community.




Shiprock, New Mexico Grades K-4

Dream Dine’, started in 2014, offers an integrated experiential curriculum grounded in the unique culture, geography and history of Shiprock and the Dine’ (Navajo) people. This dual language program, in English and Dine’, strives to nurture curious and fearless young people who are fully committed to their personal and their community progress, relationships, identity and wellness.   

Native American Community Academy Elementary School

Albuquerque, New Mexico  Grades K-4 (eventually K-5)

Building off of the success of the Native American Community Academy (NACA) middle and high schools, in the Fall of 2016, we will be launching the inaugural NACA Elementary school beginning with kindergarten and first grades. The curriculum will be rigorous, engaging, and relate to students' identities and communities in a relevant way.  

Kha'p'o Community School

Santa Clara Pueblo, NM Grades K-6

It is the Mission of the Kha’p’o Community School to nurture our children through education that embodies Kha’p’o Owingeh culture, language and values that is academically challenging and enjoyable.  Working together as a community we enable them to be proficient Tewa and English speakers, support their physical and emotional well-being, encourage their critical thinking and imagination, and inspire their love of learning.


Navajo, New Mexico Grades 6-9

DEAP opened in Fall 2015 offering grades 6 and 7. They anticipate adding a grade each year until it is a functioning Grades 6-12 school.

DEAP honors the history and legacy of Dził Ditł'ooí by consciously balancing the needs of the land with the needs of the people through Dine’ culture revitalization, community action and empowerment, service learning, experiential learning based in Agriculture education, a wellness and perseverance philosophy, and career and college prep focus. 


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Gallup, New Mexico Grades 6-12

The Six Directions Indigenous School, through a commitment to culturally relevant indigenous education and interdisciplinary project-based learning, will develop critically conscious students who are engaged in their communities, demonstrate holistic well-being, and have a personal plan for succeeding in post-secondary opportunities. SDIS opened in the fall of 2016.