Eighth-grade graduation is only the first of many important milestones for our Native American students. High school is next!
Lakota students at Chamberlain High School. Students visit Chamberlain High School each morning, getting to know their teachers and learning what classes will be like next year.

To help our students prepare for this vital step toward their future, St. Joseph’s provides a three-week High School Prep Program. Each morning for three weeks, students:
  • Go to Chamberlain High School from 8:45-11:45 a.m. to meet their teachers, become familiar with the school and learn about their fall classes.
  • Return to St. Joseph’s campus for lunch.
  • Spend time at the Rec Center.
Each afternoon, students have ‘Expanding the Circle’ class, which covers a variety of topics from self esteem and listening skills to learning styles and self advocacy. Students also spend time in career exploration and visits to post-secondary education options, like technical schools and local colleges.
Shana working with Lakota students. Shana, Director of St. Joseph’s High School Program, meets with students each afternoon to discuss a variety of topics, from self esteem to study habits.

St. Joseph’s High School Prep Program is the result of a wonderful collaboration with the Chamberlain school system; it helps our students make a smooth transition into high school and achieve their fullest potential!


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