Indian Education Program

TCAPS’ Indian (Anishinaabe) Education Program meets the unique needs of Native American and Alaska Native students. The goal of the program is to improve student proficiency and graduation rates. The program provides assistance to students early on and throughout their learning journey at TCAPS.

The program is funded by a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and is administered through the Office of Indian Education. The program is further supplemented through additional grant monies from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ Community 2% Funds.

What Services Are Provided?


  • Academic assistance designed to meet the individual needs of students
  • Access to services and funding for academic or extracurricular activities, camps, and continuing educational programs
  • Summer Bridge workbooks to help PreK – 7th grade students maintain skills over the summer months
  • Liaison with school, family, and/or outside agencies on behalf of students’ needs
  • Cultural assistance, materials, resources, and presentation assistance to TCAPS school and/or teachers
  • Native American and Alaskan Native certification assistance

Who Can Access Services?


  • Any Native American or Alaska Native student in the Traverse City Area Public Schools district
  • To apply, complete a PDF DocumentStudent Eligibility Certification Form (506 Form)
  • Forms may also be obtained at each school’s office or by calling 231.933.5852.

How Does Academic Assistance Work?


  • Students may be identified for academic assistance through the Indian (Anishinaabe) Education Office or by the school principal, a teacher, parent, or self-referral.
  • Teacher Instructional Assistants work with students under the direction of the student’s teacher, counselor or principal.
  • Academic assistance is arranged on an individualized basis.

Please Take Our Parent Survey

Please take a few moments to participate in this very short parent survey about the types of services offered through the Indian (Anishinaabe) Education Program and how we can better serve your child(ren).