What is PSESD's NAEP?
Puget Sound ESD’s Native American Education Program (NAEP)
For over 15 years the Peninsula School District has partnered with the Puget Sound Educational Service District to provide a unique level of educational and cultural support to students with Native American heritage. The PSESD has operated a Native American Education Program in the region for over 30 years in numerous local school districts.
The PSESD NAEP provides school districts with uniquely qualified educators who understand Native education and culture. The Peninsula School District program serves approximately 225 students with Native heritage out of a total of 1,100 students in our entire program – which also serves the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Sumner, and University Place school districts.
Funded by the Office of Indian Education (under the Department of Education), the Native American Education Program is fully funded by one grant called a Title VII Indian Education Formula Grant. Funds are used to support the cultural and educational needs of Native American students primarily in grades 7-12. The coordinator assigned to the school district works with students in middle and high school on a bi-weekly basis, using culturally appropriate learning tools.
The coordinator will also assist high school students and families through the entire college application process: finding the right school that meets their interests, prepping and taking the SAT test, filling out applications and writing entrance essays, applying for financial aid, and knowing what to expect the first year of college.
Native American Education Program Manager
Hello Peninsula parents and students,
The Native American Education Coordinator for the Peninsula School District is Jason LaFontaine. Our program—run in partnership through the Puget Sound Educational Service District— provides academic and cultural support to students with Native American heritage and their families.
I work every two weeks in every middle school and high school and by appointment in the elementary schools.
We provide cultural and educational work for students with Native American heritage, helping them with their school life while also teaching them about Native culture. In addition, we offer college prep and scholarship support for high school students.
Here are the services our Indian Education program provides:
- Direct service support in Reading during the school day
- College prep support for high school students
- Classroom presentations or assemblies for all grade levels and all students
- Work with counselors to advocate for Native students and families
- Pay school-related student fees (ASB, athletic, credit retrieval, Boys and Girls Club memberships)
I look forward to working with you and your child to support their cultural and academic needs.
For more program information and links to other Native resources please click here:
PSESD Native American Education Program
My goal is to be an advocate for every Native student in the district, no matter their blood quantum, so they are thriving academically, learning about their heritage, and engaged in their school community.