Walatowa High Charter School

Walatowa High Charter School was established in 2001 as the second Native American public charter school in the state and the first Native State Charter High School. This authorization allows the WHCS to provide alternative educational setting to parents and students in the public school system as its own Local Education Agency (LEA).

From the outset, the school's founders, administrators, faculty and governance council have recognized that young people who understand their identity and appreciate their unique heritage are best-equipped to become effective students and citizens.

WHCS is implementing a community school model that includes the Two-Generation Approach and Continuum. As a community school, WHCS is both an educational institution and a center of community life that partners the school with other community resources. WHCS integrated focus on academics, youth development, family support, health and social services and community development leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

Community Asset Based Learning Approach

Walatowa High Charter School integrated philosophy of learning incorporates a balance between traditional life experiences that honor community, family and native traditional practice balanced with academic rigor, and physical activity. The school calendar is moved the calendar to an early start date to accommodate the traditional calendars of Zia and Jemez communities and to recognize all tribal activities. Walatowa High Charter School asset based learning approach integrates culturally relevant cross-curricular instruction focusing on strength-based and culturally relevant teaching styles to serve our ethnically and culturally indigenous demography.

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