Get to Know Our School
St. Stephens Indian High School serves 9–12 graders in the tight-knit town of St. Stephens, Wyoming. A member of of the St. Stephens Indian School District and funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), we build our school’s internal structures around the hub of Native American culture.
All students will be provided a safe, success-oriented, culturally-responsive educational environment which will develop responsible, respectful, productive, and well-adjusted individuals in an ever-changing world.
We believe in the simple philosophy of life that has sustained the Indian people through the centuries: to walk with dignity, knowledge, and wisdom; to live in harmony with earth and everything on it; to acknowledge with thanks to the Great Spirit.
We believe that St. Stephens Indian School exists first and foremost for teaching and learning. We teach our students techniques for living and leadership in modern society within a curriculum framework, which includes the art, language, and beliefs of American Indian culture and heritage. We believe that all students can learn when we provide them with a positive, success oriented, and safe environment.
Students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community are equally important in the learning process. Together, we are committed to these goals:
- All SSIS students will read independently by the 3rd grade.
- 70% of students will be proficient or advanced in reading and math.
- Each student will attain an attendance rate of 90% or better.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of their language and culture.
- Our district will experience increased enrollment, retention placement, and high graduation rates.
- Based on SY 18-19 NWEA MAP data, 62% of students met or exceeded one year's growth in reading (Fall to Spring). This was an increase from SY 17-18 data, in which 41% of students met or exceeded one year's growth in reading. In addition, 10 out of 13 classes averaged one or more year's growth (an increase from 6 out of 12 the previous year).
- Based on SY 18-19 NWEA MAP data, 62% of students met or exceeded one year's growth in math (Fall to Spring). This was an increase from SY 17-18 data in which 41% of students met or exceeded one year's growth in math. In addition, 10 out of 13 classes averaged one or more year’s growth (an increase, from 3 out of 12 the previous year).
- It is our goal for this year that each grade will have at least 70% of its students exceed a year's growth in reading and math and every class will average more than one year's growth in reading and math as determined by NWEA MAP scores and based on national norms. Also, it is our goal that no individual student will have two consecutive years in which they do not show at least one year's growth.
- Based on 2019 ACT Assessment data, 16% of students received a composite score of 17 or higher. In addition, our average ACT score decreased from a 14.8 to a 14.0.
- It is our goal that 60% of our students will receive a composite score of 17 or higher on the ACT. Also, it is our goal that the average ACT score will increase to a 17 (in 2020).