Indigenous Education Program

About the Program

TCAPS’ Indigenous 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.

Indigenous Education Parent Committee Meeting

End of Year Meeting- Monday, June 12, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Parents and Guardians can participate in-person or via Google Meet. 

  • In Person:
    West Middle School Library
    3950 Silver Lake Road
    Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Google Meet: 
    A meeting link will be sent to parents through district communication.

This meeting will provide information on TCAPS Indigenous Education Program and how TCAPS Native American students are doing in language arts and mathematics as well as provide attendance and graduation data. 

The TCAPS Indigenous Education Parent Committee was established to provide input and assistance with the program.  All parents and guardians of TCAPS Native American students are encouraged to attend these informative meetings and to share their thoughts and opinions.

2022-2023 Meetings

Meetings will be held from 6 PM - 7 PM on the following dates:

  • September 12, 2022 
  • November 14, 2022- Election of Officers
  • February 13, 2023
  • March 13, 2023 - Annual Public Meeting
  • June 12, 2023 - End of the Year Mtg


  • 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


  • 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 231.933.5897.


  • Students may be identified for academic assistance through the Indigenous 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.