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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

American Indian Education

American Indian Education

Form 506

Form 506, which is the Title VI ED 506 Indian Student Eligibility Certification Form, is to be completed by a parent/guardian and returned to the student's school. In order to apply for a formula grant under the Indian Education Program, the school must determine the number of Indian students enrolled. Review the 2013-14 Grant to see how the funds are being used for our American Indian students for academic and cultural programming.

For more information regarding the American Indian Education program contact: Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or email

About the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee

All parents, guardians and foster parents of American Indian students in St. Francis Area Schools are encouraged to attend the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee meetings, which are made up of parents of American Indian students, staff and community members. The Parent Advisory Committee meets monthly to discuss issues relevant to American Indian students and welcomes new members.The American Indian Education Program includes a Parent Committee.

The American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) will meet on the following Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., St. Francis High School Room C-204:

2018-19 School Year
October 9
November 13
December 11
January 8
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14

The AIPAC serves in an advisory role to the school district to ensure that the educational and cultural needs of American Indian students are being met. High school American Indian students, parents, guardians, grandparents, foster parents, school staff, and community members interested in supporting American Indian Education are encouraged to attend; your input is very important! For more information or questions about the AIPAC contact Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575.


Kick-Off Event

Learn about the American Indian Education Program, get to know other families, culture activity, games and good food! Potluck Lunch—the American Indian Education will provide main course and beverages. Please bring a side-dish, dessert or chips to share.

When: Sunday, September 30
Time: 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Rum River North County Park, 23100 Rum River Blvd. NW St. Francis

For more information contact Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or email to

College Visit

Boozhoo (Hello - Ojibwe) Parents and Students,
High school is a time for students to explore the many opportunities available to them after graduation. Throughout the school year I will be sharing information and offering visits to a variety of post-secondary education/training options. My hope is that before graduating every American Indian student at St. Francis High School has visited at least three post-secondary education/training locations. Every year the University of Minnesota invites American Indian students and their parents to the American Indian Campus Visit Day. This event will give students the opportunity to experience a large university with more than 140 majors to pick from.

Students/Parents interested in attending please complete the permission form and return it to Carline Sargent by Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

For more information contact: Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or email

Ongoing American Indian events through the Minnesota Historical Society

Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian Students

Clothing Order Form

The St. Francis Area Schools American Indian Education Program is selling T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Proceeds go toward the program. Prices vary depending on clothing item and size. See order form for more information.

Data/Trends Emerge in Diversity Study

St. Francis Area Schools staff completed a project in which data on multicultural diversity within the school district and surrounding districts was gathered. Carline Sargent, Multicultural/Diversity liaison, and Sara Tramm, data coach, completed an in-depth analysis to establish baseline data, identify trends and work toward meeting the needs of all students in the district. A few highlights of the findings include:

There are 19 unique languages identified as primary home language, including Hmong, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian

59 percent of multicultural students at St. Francis High School speak a language other than English in their homes

A five-year enrollment trend shows an increase of 3.5 percent in minority students since the 2010-11 school year, with a 2.6 percent increase in the past two years

St. Francis Area Schools minority students at Cedar Creek Elementary School, East Bethel Elementary School and St. Francis Elementary School are performing well above the state targets for proficiency on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in both reading and mathematics.

View the complete project

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