INDIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL AT-A-GLANCE
ABOUT INDIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL:
Indian Community School, 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 49 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 372 students enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year represent over 200 families. Approximately 64% 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 — over 25 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. St. Martins Road, Franklin, WI 53132. The school’s website is www.ics-edu.org and its phone number is (414) 525-6100.
Campus acreage: A wooded, prairie, wetland environment surrounds our world class designed building on 178 acres located in Franklin, Wisconsin.
School Colors: Woodland florals including blue, purple, pink and green and Medicine Wheel colors including red, black, white and yellow.
• Our students represent over 25 Tribal Nations.
• Age breakdown of our students: 0-3, K4 through Grade 8
• Our students reside in the following counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Ozaukee.
Head of School: Jason P. Dropik (Bad River Ojibwe)
Chief Financial Officer: Thomas Oechler
Director of Human Resources: Bonnie Scharber
Director of Communications and Marketing: Siobhan Marks (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
Director of Our Ways: Mark Powless, PhD (Oneida)
Director of Instruction: Melissa Deutsch, PhD
Full-time faculty members: 57
Classroom Teachers: 20
Our Ways Teaching & Learning Framework™ (Culturally Responsive Curriculum)
Common Core State Standards & Culturally Integrated Curriculum
Native Language classes offered: Menominee, Ojibwe, Oneida plus Monthly Ho-Chunk Experience (Language and Culture)
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 Pow Wows for students and the community
• Activities/facilities include: 2 art rooms, metals, ceramics kiln; music room, gym, recording studio, 400 seat DRUM room/theater in the round.
Athletic programs: Volleyball, Basketball
After School Programs
After School Study Help Program
Outfit Making Class
Family Resource Center
FAST (Families And School Together) Program
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 ICS 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 Indian Community School and its 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.