Native American Education Program

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    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 and/or families
    • Provide academic support through in-school or out of school referrals
    • Cultural Enhancement
    • Native American Student Clubs
    • Assistance with 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 253.800.6788. 

    Title VI ED 506 Indian Student Elgibility Certification Form


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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

    Sean McKenzie
    Director of Support Services