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Educational Facilities on the Navajo Nation



Education, and the retention of students in all school systems, is the number one priority since one of the major problems faced by the nation is a very high drop-out rate among high school students. Over 150 public, private and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools serve students from kindergarten through high school. Most schools receive funding from the Navajo Nation under the Johnson O’Malley program.

The Nation also runs a local Head Start, the only educational program operated by the Navajo Nation government. Post-secondary education and vocational training are available on and off the reservation.

Secondary Education
There are six types of secondary establishments, including:

Arizona Public Schools
New Mexico Public Schools
Utah Public Schools
Bureau of Indian Affairs Public Schools
Association of Navajo Controlled Schools
Navajo Preparatory School, Inc.

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Higher Education
There are a number of educational facilities for higher education on and off the reservation. Navajo students looking for four-year degrees attend Arizona and New Mexico colleges and universities such as Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico, San Juan College, and Fort Lewis College. On-reservation schools include:

  • Diné College
    Dine' College is the most important post-secondary educational institution on the reservation with eight campus sites. Students receive an associate degree and prepare for a career while learning about Navajo history, culture, language, and philosophy.

    Diné College
    1 Circle Dr
    Tsaile, AZ 86556
    Phone (928) 724-6800
    Fax (928) 724-6725
  • Northland Pioneer College (NPC)
    NPC has one of their six centers in Kayenta. The Kayenta Center provides academic degree programs and student support services. Classes are provided in-person and via distance learning and include interactive audio, interactive video, and internet. NPC also provides special interest classes in communities throughout the Navajo Nation, most notably classes in Early Childhood Education, Adult Basic Education, and college credit courses for high school students. For more information contact:

    Northland Pioneer College

    103 N. 1st Ave. Hopi Drive
    PO Box 610
    Holbrook, AZ 86025-0610
    Phone (928) 524-7600

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Vocational Training
There are three primary vocational training resources:

  • Crownpoint Institute of Technology
    The Crownpoint Institute of Technology is a tribal technical college established and chartered by the Navajo Nation in July 1979 as the Navajo Skill Center. It has since evolved into a technical-vocational educational program well-known throughout the Southwest. The college prepares Navajo and other students with a quality technical and vocational education, associate degrees, or community education in a higher learning setting. The college is committed to providing a student-oriented learning environment based on Dine' philosophy of education.

    Crownpoint Institute of Technology
    PO Box 849
    Crownpoint, NM 87313
    Phone: (505) 786-4100

  • Navajo Department of Workforce Development
    Retains the services of various schools and training providers to offer vocational training to the Navajo Nation.

    Navajo Department of Workforce Development
    PO Box 1889
    Window Rock, AZ 86515
    Phone: (928) 871-7707

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