Dream Diné is a place-based elementary school where the Diné (Navajo) culture, language and history are the foundation of an experiential curriculum.
Our educational program emphasizes the following:

Holistic Well-Being

Our central objective is to promote holistic well-being (intellectual, physical, social/emotional, community, spiritual harmony and beauty) while preparing every child to walk with dignity and balance in both the Diné world and the non-Diné world.

Bilingual, Experiential Education

Daily learning occurs in Diné and English in equal parts, utilizing experiential education that emphasizes hands-on activities, observation of the natural environment, and exploration of the local community.

Diné Values

The daily learning process applies the Diné concepts of Nitsáhákees (envisioning), Nahat’á (planning), Iiná (living), and Sihasin (reflecting). Unit and lesson plans are structured using this process.

Community Integration

Teachers, families and the community work together to develop “Enduring Understandings” and “Essential Questions” which guide lesson plans and define the wisdom that students should carry forward for a lifetime.

All learning is valued for its benefit to the community as well as the individual.

Diné Philosophy of Learning Framework

The Dream Diné Charter School dual-language and culture program was developed based upon the Diné Philosophy of Learning framework.

Growth and Mastery

Dream Diné aims to provide its students with productive skills in the Diné and English languages and cultures that will help students to:

  1. Find balance within themselves as well as in their lives with others, so that they live peacefully and respectfully;
  2. Participate in the role toward revitalizing the Diné language as they participate in the experiential learning activities in the Diné culture;
  3. Participate in the classroom environment where Diné philosophical phases of learning are integrated into the English core subjects: language arts, math, science and social studies.

Living Classroom

The Shiprock community itself serves as a classroom for our students. They go into the community to learn from elders about the land, river and living world, and hear origin stories and songs to understand the history of our people.

In preparation for entering an increasingly complex world, our students will develop their capacity each year to define and address contemporary challenges thanks to their real-world experiences outside the classroom.

Contemporary Challenges

Students will learn to identify challenges facing their communities, the Navajo Nation and the broader society.

Dream Diné students will design strategic, creative solutions for these challenges, and present them to classmates, teachers, parents, and the community.

Possible place-based issues to be addressed include:

  • Management and protection of natural resources (i.e. fossil fuels, renewable sources of energy, historic/cultural landmarks, water rights)
  • Intergovernmental relationships, tribal governance, and treaties
  • Management of farm land and livestock
  • Development of sustainable economies in rural communities
  • Land management, usage and protection, including land dispute and grazing rights issues
  • The maintenance and revitalization of indigenous languages and cultures
  • Accessing resources for education, community and economic development (within the Navajo Nation and beyond)

Language Skills

Each year our students will increase their proficiency in both formal and informal uses of the Navajo and English languages. Our students will demonstrate increasing vocabulary, language dexterity, nuance, and oratory skills.

  • An example of informal usage of Navajo: participate in a conversation with a fluent Navajo speaker covering topics of interest within the community
  • An example of formal usage: attend a monthly Chapter meeting, understand the conversation, and describe, summarize and evaluate a project for the community
  • Understand and describe the interconnectedness of traditional teachings and songs, social change, environmental science and community health
  • Re-tell traditional Navajo stories in both Navajo and English, including important characters, major events and specific geography/landmarks. Relate the story to the values it teaches and the social and/or physical phenomenon it explains

Assessment and Accountability

Dream Dine Charter School uses NMPED mandated assessments including the PARCC (for grades 3+), Science test (for grades 4+) and iStation tests (for grades K-3). The school also tests with the NWEA for grades 4+ and all students are tested using the Office of Dine Language Assessment (ODLA).

Charter School Report Card

The Charter School Report Card for Dream Dine Charter School reflects a “D” grade for AY 2018. School report cards can be seen at http://aae.ped.state.nm.us

Public Release for Community Eligibility Provision re: Breakfast and National Lunch Program

Dream Diné Charter School is participating in a Free Breakfast and Lunch program for the current school year 2018-2019. [The school contracts with Central Consolidated School District which provides the meals served to our students.] This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision. All students enrolled at Dream Diné Charter School may participate in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program at no charge. Household applications are not required to receive free meals, but applications may be distributed by the school to collect household income data for other programs that require this information.

All students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge at the following sites: Dream Diné Charter School

For additional information please contact: School Administrator, Dream Diné Charter School, 505-368-2500 or on campus in Building A.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.