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What is a charter school?

A Charter school is a public school, but with more freedom and flexibility to implement a unique curriculum.

Like all New Mexico public schools, Dream Dine’s funding comes from the NM Public Education Department, and our students are expected to master the Common Core State Standards. But as a charter school Dream Dine’ is developing a unique curriculum guided by the 4 seasons, utilizing the teachings, stories, events and themes of each. Our teachers are developing a dual-language, hands-on approach to provide each child opportunities to connect with and understand their unique world.

Will my child learn the same things as other children?

Our teachers do integrate the Common Core State Standards into the curriculum, and our expectation is to implement a world-class education here in Shiprock. But the process that is unfolding at Dream Dine’ is organic. As our staff continues to collaborate and consult with our families, community leaders, indigenous education experts and others, our curriculum evolves and improves. We believe that Dine’ children growing up today must understand the wisdom of their ancestors, and learn how to apply that wisdom to the complex world around us.

Will my child become fluent in Navajo?

If your family has decided that dual language fluency is a goal for your child, then Dream Dine’ is a powerful resource. To be clear, we aren’t making false promises—simply attending Dream Dine’ will not make a child fluent in Navajo. But there are countless resources across the community, including Navajo speaking family members, Navajo radio stations, and places where the Navajo language is the language of power, including Chapter meetings and ceremonial life. Developing Navajo language fluency requires great effort on behalf of families, schools and communities.  We ask that each family consider their own dreams and aspirations for their child, and if dual-language fluency is part of that dream then let’s work together!

What grades does Dream Diné have?

During the 2015-2016 school year Dream Dine’ will serve Kindergarten, First and Second grades. The following year (2016-2017) we will add 3rd grade.

Is there tuition?

There is no tuition for Dream Dine’. We are a free New Mexico public charter school.

Will there be buses?

During our first year (2014-2015), we did not have transportation services for families. While we recognize that many families require transportation, we have not been able to contract out for bus services at this time. If we are unable to contract out for bussing, families would need to arrange for transportation to/from school. Several of our families do work together to ensure that their children have the opportunity to attend Dream Dine’.

What about meals?

Dream Dine’ is fully committed to the holistic health and wellness of each child. We offer a healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack program. We anticipate hiring a private caterer for the 2015-2016 school year to meet the nutritional needs of all of our children! Each family will be asked to fill out a Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application during registration which determines eligibility for price reductions for meals.

How do I enroll my child?

New Mexico charter schools are required to hold an open lottery, offering all interested families an equal opportunity to enroll. Entering the lottery is simple—just fill out the one-paged Lottery Application Form and you’re entered!

Please see the lottery application for details on the lottery process.

How old does my child have to be?

Dream Dine’ must follow the same laws as all other public schools. Therefore children must be 5 years of age by September 1st, 2015 to enroll for the 2015-2016 school year.

How do I learn more? Can I come visit the school?

There are several ways to learn more about Dream Dine’. You can call or come by the school to arrange a visit. We are located behind the Teen Life Center, next to Shiprock Headstart. You can call us at 505-368-2500 or send an email to alyssa@dreamdine.org.