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.

STECs Guidance

ONE has developed STECs guidance for the application and operation of a STECs school. A revised version will be available by October 31, 2023.

STECs Application

2022-2023 Tribal Compact Application

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

Chief Kitsap Academy
Brenda Guerrero, Suquamish Education Director/CKA Superintendent
PO BOX 498
Suquamish, WA 98392

State-Tribal Education Compact & BIE Tribally Controlled Grant

Chief Leschi Schools (K–12)
Puyallup Tribal School System
Marc Brouillet, Superintendent
5625-52 Street East
Puyallup WA 98371
FAX 253-445-2350

Lummi Nation Schools (K–12)
Dr. Lexie Tom, Interim Director of Education
2334 Lummi View Drive
Bellingham WA 98226-9277
FAX 360-758-4303

Muckleshoot Tribal School
John Lombardi, Chief School Administrator
15209 SE 376th Street
Auburn WA 98092
FAX 253-939-5568

Quileute Tribal School (K–12)
Mark Decker, Superintendent
La Push WA 98350
FAX 360-374-9608

State-Tribal Education Compact & BIE Contract

Wa He Lut Indian School (K-8)
Harvey Whitford, Principal
11110 Conine Avenue SE
Olympia WA 98503
(Nisqually Community/ Franks Landing)
FAX 360-456-1319

Yakama Nation Tribal Jr. /Sr. High School (8-12)
Raynel Begay, Superintendent
PO BOX 151
Toppenish WA 98948
509-865-5121 Ext. 4516
FAX 509-865-6092

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)
FAX 509-422-7538

Current STECs

Below are the State-Tribal Compact Schools currently operating in Washington state.