Hunters Point Boarding School, Inc. (HPBS, Navajo: Tse’Na’shchiiO’lta’) is a boarding elementary school, operated by the Navajo tribe,[1] in unincorporated Apache County, Arizona, with a St Michaels address.[2] It is operated in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).[3] A school board manages the school, which is funded with money from the federal government.[4]

It serves kindergarten through grade five. It includes a dormitory which houses students on weekdays; students visit their houses on weekends.[3] In 2021 the administration of the school stated that its financial situation is tight which means the school has to be careful about how it spends its money. According to Alden Woods of the Arizona Republic, "Hunters Point Boarding School represents the challenges and opportunities facing BIE schools across the country."[4]

History

Since March 2020, in the COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona, the school operated fully virtually.[4]

Academic performance

In 2021 the BIE ranked HPBS on a list of schools that are not adequately performing.[4]

Campus

Its current buildings opened in the 1960s.[4] Felicia Fonseca of the Associated Press described the facility as "small" and "aging".[3]

The campus has housing for its teachers. Genevieve Jackson, the president of the HPBS school board, described the buildings as being in poor condition.[4]

Student body

Jackson stated that the students often are from low income and/or single parent households.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools" (PDF). Bureau of Indian Education. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Hunters Point Boarding School. Retrieved 2021-04-25. Route 12, South Lupton Rd. St. Michaels, AZThe boundaries of the St. Michaels census-designated place are here. The school is not in the CDP boundary.
  3. ^ a b c d Fonseca, Felicia (2021-04-24). "Navajo students describe pandemic struggles to Jill Biden". Associated Press. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Woods, Alden (2021-04-23). "Jill Biden visits a Navajo school and talks to teachers and students in a private meeting". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2021-04-25.

Coordinates: 35°35′36″N 109°06′14″W / 35.5933525°N 109.1039824°W / 35.5933525; -109.1039824