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Education of our young is an investment that will continue to pay off for generations of our people. But consider – if they could be educated while immersed in their native language, the return would be beyond measure.
The numbers of Ojibwe people that can converse in the language is rapidly declining. Other Ojibwe reservations in the Great Lakes region are facing the same situation. Lac Courte Oreilles is where children are immersed in Ojibwe language as a strategy of saving an endangered Native language. The K-8 school is the first and only Wisconsin Indian language immersion school where a Native language is the medium of instruction.
The school organizes its curriculum around common core learning standards, including experiences in English language arts, mathematics, and fundamentals of other subjects. Instruction is conducted entirely in the Ojibwe language with sequenced coursework provided to students that simultaneously offers an academic and authentic cultural elementary and middle education.
Waadookodaading was publicly chartered by the Hayward Community School District from 2001-2014. As a non-instrumentality Charter School of the District, Waadookodaading designed its own instructional program while meeting Wisconsin educational performance standards. Since the beginning of 2015 Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Institute has worked with the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School to providde an Ojibwe language medium track for students enrolled at the LCO Ojibwe School.