Center for Native education selects 12th early college for Native youth

Dear Editor,

The Center for Native Education, located in Seattle, is proud to announce its selection of Walatowa High Charter School in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, as its 12th early college for Native youth.

Funded in part by a $12 million, eight-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education, early college high schools aim to increase the number of Native students who graduate and go on to college.

History-making partnerships between tribal, high school and college stakeholders allow early college students the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit while still in high school.

Walatowa High Charter School fills a need in a district that struggles with only 29 percent of its 11th grade American Indian students meeting or exceeding proficiency on state reading assessments – a figure that compares to an overall 58 percent in New Mexico. On state math assessments, 18 percent of the district’s Native students were proficient, compared with 31 percent of all New Mexico’s 11th graders.

Early colleges for Native youth, on average, experience a 32 percent increase in state reading scores and a 15 percent increase on math scores upon entering the early college for Native youth network.
Nicole Adams
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