Native American Education

Free ACT Preparation Class for Native American Students Grades 11-12:

An upcoming ACT preparation course will be free for American Indian students in 11th and 12th grade.  The course will be held at Spring Lake Park High School on Wednesdays (6-8 pm) and Saturdays (9-1 pm) between February 20, 2019 and March 30, 2019.


This opportunity is made possible through the American Indian Education grant.  The District’s American Indian Parent Advisory Committee recommended that the District use the grant funds to support college and career readiness activities, such as this.  In addition to covering the $80 course fee, students can also receive, free:

  •         Transportation to and from the High School to attend these classes
  •         Admission to retake the ACT test (for seniors only) 

More information about the ACT preparation course can be found on our website:


To sign up for this class and/or ask questions, please contact:

  •       Amber Turcotte, Student and Family Liaison, at  or 763-600-5089  
  •        Sarah Byrdziak, Student Services Management Assistant at or 763-600-5081

Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC)

Throughout the year, Spring Lake Park Schools holds Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) meetings.  This committee is an opportunity for Native American students and their families to develop community, while partnering with Spring Lake Park Schools, to ensure Native American students receive culturally relevant and equitable educational opportunities.  

Our next Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) meeting is: Tuesday, February 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Westwood Schools Den (711 91st Ave. NE Blaine, MN 55434).

For more information or questions contact Spring Lake Park representatives Kaline Sandven Marinello at or Amber Turcotte at

Scholarships Available

University of Minnesota - Six Day American Indian Summer Institute (AISI)

  • What: Six days of college exploration, attending classes and meeting other Native American youth from Minnesota
  • Eligibility: Native American students going into grades 8-11 for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Where: University of Minnesota. Students will stay on campus in the dorms
  • When: July 28-August 3, 2019 or August 4-10, 2019
  • Cost: Free, including meals and housing
  • Application: Due April 1, 2019. See your Dean for the paper application
  • Contact: with questions

Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute Application

  • What: 12 days of attending art classes led by professional artists and instructors
  • Eligibility: students, of any background, going into grades 10-12 for 2019-2020, interested in visual arts and Native American culture. Please note, special attention is given to applications from Native American students
  • Where: University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Students will stay on campus the in dorms
  • When: July 8-19, 2019
  • Cost: Free, including meals, housing and art supplies
  • Application: Due April 1, 2019. Click here to fill out the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute Application. 
  • Contact: with questions

Native American Scholarship Database

  • What: a list of various scholarship opportunities
  • Eligibility: for Native American high school students entering college in 2019-2020
  • Where: find opportunities by clicking the scholarship database