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State-Tribal Education Compact Schools (STECs)
In 2013 the Washington state Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill (E2 SHB) 1134: Authorizing state-tribal education compact schools. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to enter into state-tribal education compacts. This act exempts schools that are the subjects of state-tribal education compacts from all existing state statutes and rules regarding school districts and district boards of directors; establishes standards for teachers, staff, and curriculum; outlines admissions policies and school funding; and establishes reporting requirements on student enrollment. Compact schools are encouraged to implement early learning pilot programs. The Department of Early Learning is directed to form a working group to develop early learning pilot programs.
The Office of Native Education (ONE) provides consultation to eligible Federally recognized tribes and BIE schools located in Washington state who are interested in starting a STECs.
ONE has developed STECs guidance for the application and operation of a STECs school. A revised version will be available by October 31, 2023.
Types of Tribal Schools
State–Tribal Education Compact Schools are operated according to the terms of a state-tribal education compact.
BIE Tribally Controlled Grant Schools are funded by the BIE and operated according to grant and (if applicable) inter-local agreement terms.
BIE Contract Schools are funded by the BIE and operated according to the terms of a contract with the BIE and (if applicable) any inter-local agreement.
Schools by Type and Contact Information
State-Tribal Education Compact
State-Tribal Education Compact & BIE Tribally Controlled Grant
State-Tribal Education Compact & BIE Contract
BIE Tribally Controlled Grant
Paschal Sherman Indian School (K-9)
Cooperative Agreement with Omak S.D.
Waylon Michel, Principal
169 North End Omak Lake Road
Omak WA 98841
(Colville Confederated Tribes)
Below are the State-Tribal Compact Schools currently operating in Washington state.
- Chief Kitsap Academy
- Chief Leschi Schools
- Lummi Nation Schools (K-12)
- Muckleshoot Tribal School
- Quileute Tribal School (K-12)
- Wa He Lut Indian School
- Yakama Nation Tribal School