For twenty years, the Hopi Tribe had sought a high school for the reservation. Political, funding, and construction priorities of the Bureau of Indian Education system were responsible for the delay in obtaining this needed educational facility. In 1983, the clans from the community of Polacca identified 880 acres to be used for educational purposes where the new Hopi Junior/Senior High School was to be built. The construction of the school began thereafter, and a new facility was soon to become a reality.
The new multimillion dollar school was dedicated in mid-August, 1986, with school opening for the first time on September 2. The comprehensive facility was designed to accommodate 800 students in grades 7-12. Approximately 550 students attended the school in 1986-1987 and the number of students throughout the past years has ranged from 383 to 770. All students are bussed to and from the site daily from as far away as 80 miles from the village of Moencopi, near Tuba City.
The Hopi Junior/Senior High School is located between Keams Canyon and the village of Polacca in the eastern part of the reservation. The academic program of the school has always been based on the community’s belief that their children are capable of learning at a high level of achievement if the curriculum is appropriate, specific, and meaningful, and if students are given sufficient time to learn.
Hopi Junior Senior High School will provide a safe, positive and healthy learning environment where students students will achieve academic excellence as determined by State and National Standards. The school recognizes and will utilize the diversity of Native American culture and traditions to assist students in becoming contributing members of society.
To provide practices and programs that maximizes opportunities for growth in the development of the life skills as well as academic and career goals within our cultural context.
Teaching and Learning: Hopi Jr/Sr High School, a Hopi school, provides all students with the skills to empower themselves to their fullest potential.
Priorities: Developing an effective teaching staff, Improve test scores, Mentoring for students and staff
Operations: Hopi Jr/Sr High School, a Hopi school, ensures that its stakeholders have access to and meaningful connection with quality resources.
Priorities: Teamwork, Policies and procedures, Anticipating needs
School Culture: Hopi Jr/Sr High School, a Hopi school, creates a healthy environment of high expectations for all stakeholders.
Priorities: “Dare to succeed”, Develop community school, Developing partnerships
School Improvement Plan
Our School Improvement Plan aligns with our goals for Teaching and Learning, Operations, and School Culture.
Parent/Student Handbook for 2017-2018
The Parent/Student Handbook for this current school year is in preparation. It will be presented to the Interim Governing Board for review and approval, and then posted here.