Native American Education Program

  • The Bethel School District Native American Education Program is mandated by Title VI, of the Elementary and Secondry Education Act. The intent of this law is to provide financial assistance to school districts for the development and implementation for programs specifically designed to meet the culturally related academic needs of Native American/Alaskan Native students. The program’s main goals are designed to:

    • Attendance Monitoring
    • Conferences with Students
    • Reading Support and Enrichment
    • Math Support and Enrichment
    • Cultural Enhancement
    • Native American Student Clubs
    • Assistance wtih SAT/ACT and College Prep


    Your child may be entitled to participate in the Bethel School District Native American Education Program. For each child who is registered on a 506 Eligibility Certification Form, the district receives Federal Title VI funds to pay for academic assistance for Native American children. In order to be counted as part of this program, a 506 form must be filled out by a parent/guardian of the Native American child. When filling out the form, all parts must be completed. It is not required that a student be enrolled in a tribe if the parents or grandparents are registered. 

    This 506 Form needs to be filled out only one time as long as your child attends Bethel schools. We will keep all informtion confidential. Forms are available here on the website or by calling Rachael Barger or Ranelle Loftis at 253.683.6788. 

    The program is completely voluntary.  However, the Educators schedule weekly visits at all of our schools to meet with students.  Their purpose is to check in on attendance, monitor math and reading progress, as well as provide Cultural Enhancement.

    Native American Parent Committee

    The Native American Parent Commitee participates with the Bethel School District in setting the direction of the program and monitoring it's activities in cooperation with the program coordinators. These activities include:

    • Assessing the needs of Native American students
    • Developing program goals 
    • Assisting in the implememntation of the program 

    The Bethel Native American Parent Advisory Committee meets for 30 minutes (5:15-5:45 p.m.) prior to every Family Night.  If you are interested in joining the Parent Advisory Committee please contact Rachael Barger or Ranelle Loftis. 

    Parent Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes


    The Native American Education Program operates under two federal Office of Indian Education grants.

    • Title VI - This program focuses on improving the literacy and math skills of Native American students in grades K-12.  Coordinators work with students on a weekly basis, using culturally appropriate learning tools.
    • Local tribal grants - From time to time our Indian Education program receives funding from local tribes (Puyallup, Nisqually, and Muckleshoot) that help us financially assist students and families with school-related items.  These grant funds are used for the flowing fees:  ASB card, sports pay-to-plays, band and choir, camp, refit retrieval, AP testing, class lab costs, to name just a few.  If you have a financial need related to school we can help when funds are available.  Please contact your school Native American coordinator to make a request.

    Family Nights

    Family Gatherings are scheduled throughout the school year.

    The first Family Gathering is scheduled on October 24, 2018 and will be held at the Bethel Learning Center from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  The focus of this family gathering will be to provide an interactive game night where each family will be able to take home a handmade Native game.

    Facebook Page

    For upcoming information and updates please check out our Facebook page.


    Bethel Native American Education Facebook Page

NAEP Staff

  • Rachael Barger
    Elementary Schools

    Rachael has been a part of the Bethel School District community since 1984 when she began her educational track at Roy Elementary, then Bethel Jr. High, and Bethel High School.  She was also part of the Native American Program as a student while growing up in Bethel.  She has been a teacher in Bethel since 2002 at the secondary level.  This is her first year in the Native American Program working as a Teacher on Special Assignment.  She serves all 17 elementary schools and approximately 160 students.

    Ranelle Loftis
    Secondary Schools 

    Ranelle is in her first year with the Native American program and in her 1st year with the Bethel School District. Prior to coming to Bethel, she taught for 28  years in the Eatonville School District.

    Schools serviced: Bethel MS, Cougar Mountain MS, Cedarcrest MS, Frontier MS, Liberty MS, Spanaway MS, Bethel High School, Challenger High School, Graham-Kapowsin High School, Spanaway Lake High School

    Sally Keeley
    Director of Support Services