Our Mission Statement


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

Return to School – Fall 2020 2020-08-26T11:51:09+00:00

guidelines for a safe return to school • fall 2020

For Parents and Students, Grades K4-8


At Indian Community School, We Believe…

Our students deserve an education that inspires, engages and prepares them to achieve their dreams in the ever-changing world in which we live and to realize their unique gifts from the Creator. Our return to school plan is designed to address all of these things, including the physical, social and emotional needs of each of our students. We’re excited to offer two learning pathways this year, both of which are designed to foster academic excellence, cultivate an enduring cultural identity and nurture the Seven Sacred Gifts inherent in our children.

We are offering ICS families a choice of two learning path options this year:

1) In-Person Learning*  -OR-  2) Enhanced Remote Learning

(Remote Learning has been enhanced to allow students to participate more fully and have greater interactions with teachers.)

*PLEASE NOTE: ICS may need to move to our enhanced remote learning for all students at any moment, depending on factors in the school, in the community, or by state mandate.

What will In-Person Learning look like this year?

In-person learning at ICS will take place at our school inside the school building and outside on our beautiful school grounds! We will be carefully following a number of important health and safety protocols that are mandatory for all students, teachers and staff members. These protocols will be closely monitored and used in all aspects of school life for families who choose In-Person Learning for their child(ren).

  1. New learning management system (LSM) software will provide a cohesive platform for lesson plans and student assessments. Our new LSM will also simplify the number of tools that families have to navigate and put more information at parents’ fingertips.
  2. Greater academic rigor and accountability of learning through our new standards based grading and reporting.
  3. Additional teachers and support for students. Classroom teachers will focus on In-Person Learning while newly added Remote Learning teachers will focus on students learning from home.  Classroom teachers and Remote Learning teachers will work closely together to provide seamless instruction and support for all students.

Safety First

The physical and social-emotional safety of our students and staff is a top priority. ICS will follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Franklin Health Department and Milwaukee Public Health officials, as we plan for a safe return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Given the challenges and uncertainty that COVID-19 presents, we will do our best to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff. To that end, we developed these guidelines for parents and students to follow. As we move forward, we will be sure to communicate any changes made with regard to safety protocols and encourage you to reach out if you have any concerns at any point during the school year. 

For more information on our Safety Protocols, CLICK HERE.

What will Remote Learning look like this year?

Our enhanced Remote Learning will look and feel different than what we offered last Spring. We listened to families, teachers and staff and used this feedback to significantly improve our Remote Learning. We believe these improvements will make a big difference for students and families who have chosen Remote Learning. Our enhanced Remote Learning will focus on student engagement and rigorous learning of new content provided by teachers who have new technology and additional instructional support to better assist students in the learning process. Our new learning management system (LMS) will streamline information for parents and provide helpful information. Attendance and participation will be required each day that school is in session. Teachers will assess student progress to provide feedback and grades so that families can see their child(ren)’s achievements. Remote Learning will be provided synchronously (groups of students learning together at the same time) and asynchronously (students individually learning the same material, through the use of pre-recorded video lessons and links to direct instruction from our teachers).

  1. Greater interaction with teachers using Google Meets, live stream and recorded lessons and additional new teachers who will work closely with classroom teachers to provide direct support to students during Remote Learning.
  2. New learning management system (LSM) software will provide a cohesive platform for lesson plans and student assessments. Our new LSM will also simplify the number of tools that families have to navigate and put more information at parents’ fingertips.
  3. Greater academic rigor and accountability of learning through our new standards based grading and reporting. Recording of attendance for students learning remotely at home will also improve accountability toward student achievement.