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Navajo Preparatory School

Navajo Preparatory School

1220 West Apache Street, Farmington, NM 87401, USA

+1 505 326 6571



Navajo Preparatory School
School type Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 1991
Status State
Head of School Shawna Becenti
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 265
Day fees per annum US$1,000 (Native American) - US$3,000 (Non-Native American)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Donna Fernandez

Navajo Preparatory School is the only authorized IB World School that serves primarily Native American students. We are a college-preparatory school for Native Americans and non-Native American students who desire to pursue higher education. Navajo Preparatory School recruits some of the best and brightest students of the Navajo Nation. The school offers students a challenging, innovative curriculum. In harmony with the past, it steeps the youth in a deep appreciation of the Navajo language, culture, and history. Forging ahead, students engage in STEM and writing through history and modern poetry. Armed with this impressive, balanced education, students graduate with the skills to succeed in college and an understanding of the world around them. Over 95% of our graduates are accepted into college.

The International Baccalaureate Programme is an integral part of Navajo Preparatory School and aims to:

  • To develop inquisitive, compassionate life-long learners and leaders through a challenging curriculum of international education and assessment.
  • To promote a strong foundation of Navajo Philosophy and holistic world view that fosters intercultural understanding and respect in a global society.
  • The mission is reflected in the IB Learner Profile and the School's motto:

"Yideeskaago Naat’aanii - Leaders Now and Into the Future"

We employ the Navajo philosophy of learning Nitsáhákees (East-White) - Thinking, Nahat’á (South-Blue) - Planning, Iiná (West-Yellow) - Action, Sihasin (North-Black) - Reflection to guide our educational curriculum and Navajo Prep mindset.

Students participate in numerous Gifted & Talented programs, Student Senate, clubs, and interscholastic sports such as football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, cross country and track. Students also have opportunities for community service. Navajo Prep strides itself on a balanced student to prepare them for international experiences.