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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

The mission of the Navajo Preparatory School (NPS) addresses three tasks. The first is to prepare our students for a post-secondary education and to be leaders in their current and future endeavors. The next task is to provide a rigorous academic program with its foundation rooted in the Navajo philosophy of learning, while also understanding and respecting worldviews in an intercultural global society. The third task is to create independent individuals through the residential program, creating opportunities for responsibility and community service activities.

NPS recruits some of the best and brightest students on and off the Navajo Nation. Over 95% of our graduates continue in pursuit of a college education. Navajo culture is integrated into the school curriculum, both as school wide activities and within individual course content with the International Baccalaureate Program as an integral part of NPS. The course offerings and various pathways to graduation along with opportunities to take courses at local community colleges, allow our students to prepare themselves for their own unique journeys.

Looking to the future, the school offers students a challenging, innovative curriculum in history, science, mathematics, computer programming, language and literature, and other traditional academic subjects. Our students utilize Navajo culture, traditions, and the language as the foundation of their learning, philosophy, and outlook on life. Many alumni have become leaders in their communities, and also throughout the Navajo Nation. In addition, our current students will seek to become future leaders and role models for future generations.

The structure of the NPS curriculum is based on a fourfold model that reflects the symbolic meanings of the four cardinal directions and colors. These colors are white, turquoise, yellow and black. Each of these colors holds a variety of symbolic meanings that combine a complete and balanced model of the universe. White represents the mind and thinking; turquoise represents motor skills; yellow represents social responsibilities and the ability to communicate effectively; and black represents emotional stability and patience. These characteristics along with our school's vision embody the school's mission, Yideeskáágoo Naat’áanii - Leaders Now and Into the Future.