Our Mission Statement

The Indian Community School cultivates an enduring cultural identity and critical thinking by weaving indigenous teachings with a distinguished learning environment.


ICS At-A-Glance 2018-12-11T17:30:28+00:00


Indian Community School of Milwaukee, Inc. (ICS) is a private faith-based intertribal school for American Indian children from 4-year-old kindergarten through 8th grade. Serving the Indian community of metro Milwaukee for over 48 years, ICS provides its students a unique learning experience. The mission of the Indian Community School is to cultivate an enduring cultural identity and critical thinking by weaving indigenous teachings with a distinguished learning environment. The 364 students enrolled for the 2017-208 school year represent over 200 families. Approximately 74% of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch. The tribal affiliation of our students consist of all Wisconsin tribes as well as other federally recognized tribes — 209 tribal Nations in total. ICS has 94 employees with the majority being full time. There are 57 instructional staff members 20 of whom are classroom teachers. Mr. Jason Dropik is the Head of School. Indian Community School is located at 10405 W. Saint Martins Road, Franklin, WI 53132. The school’s website is www.ics-milw.org and its phone number is (414) 525-6100.

Founded: 1969

Campus acreage: A wooded, prairie, wetland environment surrounds our world class designed building on 178 acres located in Franklin, Wisconsin.

School colors: Medicine Wheel Colors: red, black, white, yellow.

Our Students
• Our students represent 209 Tribal Nations.
• Age breakdown of our students:  0-3, K4 through 8
• Our students reside in the following counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Ozaukee.

School Leadership
Head of School:  Jason P. Dropik (Bad River Ojibwe)
Chief Financial Officer:  Thomas Oechler
Director of Human Resources:  Bonnie Scharber
Director of Instruction:  Melissa Deutsch

Our Faculty
Full-time faculty members:  57
Classroom Teachers:  20

Our Ways Curriculum – Culturally Responsive Curriculum
Common Core State Standards & Culturally Integrated Curriculum
Native Language classes offered: Menominee, Ojibwe, Oneida

Art/Music/ Physical Education
• All students in grades K4 through 8th grade have art, music and physical education classes.
• Two musical productions are held each year, one in Winter and one in Spring.
• Monthly mini-powwows for students and community
• Activities/facilities include: 2 art rooms, metals, ceramics kiln; music room, gym, recording studio, 400 seat DRUM room/theater in the round.

Mascot/Nickname: Eagles
Athletic programs: Volleyball, Basketball

Family Resource Center and After School Programs  
Afterschool Study Help Program
Outfit Making Class
FAST (Families And School Together) Program
Grandparents Group
Parents Group
Open Gym

The Indian Community School (“ICS”) receives funding for its operating costs through distributions received from the ICS Support Organization the (“SO”). The SO is a Wisconsin not for profit corporation that has been established to invest and manage investment assets for ICS’s benefit with a goal of maximizing sustainable spending for ICS’s educational purposes in perpetuity.

Scholarships to attend private high schools are available to qualifying students.


Accreditation and Partnerships
Accredited by AdvanceED

Partnership: Electa Quinney Institute (EQI) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
EQI and its affiliates serve the needs of ICS and ICS students by working with ICS staff to support creation of new curriculum, research of best practices, exploration of new paradigms and innovative collaboration that leads to the instruction of American Indian pedagogy and methodology both separate from common curriculum, and within existing STEM, humanities and social science classes.