Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School

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Why LCO School

Why LCO?


The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School provides a unique combination of academic rigor and cultural connectivity.  Nowhere in northern Wisconsin can you find students meeting state and national standards in reading, writing, and mathematics while learning and practicing the intricate lessons of the Ojibwe language, culture and history.


There are many ways that the LCO school is like most public schools in the state of Wisconsin, including the adherence to Wisconsin Model Academic standards by teachers that are highly qualified in their fields.  Students in grades k-5 spend 90 minutes a day practicing reading and language arts skills and an additional 60 minutes engaged in mathematics instruction.  Intervention programs are designed to support students struggling in reading or math as well as social emotional realms.  Students in grades 6-12 participate in a range of course offerings with an additional 2 years of Ojibwe Language and a year of Tribal History as unique graduation requirements.  There are a variety of clubs and activities available at LCO that range from varsity basketball and volleyball to rock climbing and Lego League Robotics club.  Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School joined the Indianhead Athletic Conference in May of 2021.  


Though many aspects of Lac Courte Oreilles are similar to other k-12 schools, we take pride in offering a unique blend of academic rigor, cultural teaching and learning, access to individualized support, all in an environment focused on building and sustaining solid relationships with students, families, and the great community of Lac Courte Oreilles. Aside from the high quality academics delivered by fully licensed professionals experienced in their fields, cultural immersion from local historians, leaders and elders, and a wide array of extracurricular opportunities, Lac Courte Oreilles can also boast of a culturally sensitive and highly trained counseling team and support staff, which providing guidance and resources to students experiencing turmoil and trauma.