Yocha-de-he Preparatory

  • Each generation of the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians is dedicated to preparing the succeeding generation for its role in the community, in tribal government and leadership, and in life.
  • This preparation is a central and guiding value. The Yocha-De-He Wintun Academy is a physical manifestation of the Tribes commitment to education.
  • The school opened in 1998 and provides learning, training and education to students from toddler age through middle school.
  • library From the start, Yocha-De-He was designed to be a unique learning center.
  • The Rumsey Band, in consultation with education and learning experts, developed a school and a philosophy that encompassed the best teaching practices while meeting and exceeding the California state and national standards for childhood education.
  • Yocha-De-He has a large staff of teachers who are dedicated to students and sensitive to the learning habits of each child.
  • The school is fortunate to draw the finest teachers from around the state; they come to Yocha-De-He because the school offers them freedom to deliver education informed by best practices.
  • Students at the school also get the opportunity to learn the history and, most importantly, the language of the Rumsey Band.
  • Weekly, a tribal elder visits the school to teach the children the Wintun language.
  • Once only a spoken language, it now lives on in the school for each new generation.
  • Though the Yocha-De-He Wintun Academy was originally designed for the Rumsey children, the high quality education has drawn the interest and enrollment of children from the surrounding valley communities.
  • Now, the school is truly a community education center where students, teachers and parents work together to share the lessons of the past and present, and prepare for a lifetime of learning.

School Overview

Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-9

Student Body

Total Students15 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Yocha-de-he Preparatory Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio1:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

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