The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is committed to providing quality life-long educational programs and opportunities for Tribal Members and 1st Descendants to prepare them for success at the nation’s top universities and in any arena of government, academic, professional and corporate life.
The Tribe’s fully accredited private college preparatory school is located on the Reservation. Morongo School opened its new site in September 2010, enrolling students from 1st Grade through 6th Grade and expanded in 2011 to include 7th and 8th Grades.
In the Fall 2012, Morongo School will be serving over 144 students on three campuses in Grades Pre-School through 8th Grade:
- Morongo Little Creators Campus (Grades: Pre-School (3 & 4 Year Olds), Kindergarten and the 1st Grade)
- Morongo Lower School Campus (2nd Grade through 4th Grade)
- Morongo Upper School Campus (5th through 8th Grades)
A High School (Grades 9-12) has been planned around an Academy Model with four Centers of Excellence (Center for Excellence inCommunications, Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies, Center for Creative & Performing Arts, and Center for Excellence in Governance & Leadership) Morongo students. The Tribe will consider adding the High School at the appropriate time.
The Morongo Tutoring Program Provides “in school” academic support for Tribal members who are enrolled in the Banning Unified School District in Grades 9 through 12.
Tribe established the Morongo Resource Center in the Mezzanine of the Administration Building (2nd floor) in the Spring of 2011. Through the Morongo resource center, Tribal Members may access the Tribe’s Special Collection of books and other digital and audio media and other artifacts to research, study, and broaden their knowledge of the Tribe’s history languages, and cultural heritage.
After School Study Hall
The Morongo After School Study Hall provides a supervised “quiet place” for Morongo students to work independently on their school homework assignments. The Study Halls are located on two Morongo School campuses:
- For students enrolled in Morongo School Grades 5 through 8 and for Tribal Members and 1st Descendants attending other schools in Grades 5 through 12, the Study Hall is located in Building B at the Morongo Upper School Campus and Learning Center. Hours are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday while school is in session.
- For students enrolled in Morongo School Grades 1 through 4, the Study Hall located at the Morongo Lower School Campus. Hours are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday while school is in session.
The Center for Advanced Studies (Alternative Education) provides support to Morongo Tribal Members and 1st Descendants who are currently enrolled in a Banning or Beaumont Unified School District Independent Study Program or Alternative Education Program. The Center also offers career counseling for Tribal Members and 1st Descendants who are seeking accredited studies leading to a diploma, certification, career, career change, or college degree of their choice. Opportunities in the Center for Advanced Studies may include on-site apprenticeship programs in Environmental Sciences, Fire-Fighting, Public Works, Information Technology and/or other careers both on and/or off the reservation.
Tribal Scholarship Program
The Tribal Scholarship Program provides college and vocational scholarships to Morongo Tribal Members, 1st Descendants in accordance with Tribal Ordinance. The Tribe’s Rodney T. Mathews, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program also offers college scholarships to enrolled California Tribal Members.
Rodney T. Mathews, Jr. Memorial Scholarship’s
Tribal Scholarship Program