The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School began operation in 1975, originally as a K-3 school. In the winter of 1975 after a student walkout from the local public school, the Lac Courte Oreilles School transformed itself from a K-3 school to a K-12 system. In 1993, the school completed a five and one half million-dollar addition and renovation project to the existing high school including a full gymnasium and cafeteria. New construction funds were allocated for the elementary school, which was completed in August of 1999. A separate middle school building was constructed shortly after. Two state of the art playgrounds were installed in the 2018 and gymnasium renovations including a new floor and bleachers were installed in 2019. Expansion of a 6 classroom building allocated to the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Immersion track and a four classroom building to expand the middle school will be installed in the summer of 2021. Additional renovations and improvement will take place throughout the 2021-2022 School Year, paid for through the generosity of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board.
Our school service area covers 76,465 acres of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation, and the surrounding local townships of Hayward, Couderay, Winter, Exeland and Radisson.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School is a comprehensive academic, cultural and community based education system designed to meet the needs of the Lac Courte Oreilles Community. Our curriculum is constantly being revised and improved to better incorporate the wisdom and beauty of our Ojibwe heritage. We continue to teach the skills necessary to live and be successful in today’s modern technological society.
The basic educational curriculum offers courses in mathematics, science, English, social studies, language arts, physical education, business education, art and music. Lac Courte Oreilles is also recognized as a Project Lead the Way certified school. Efforts are currently underway to reestablish a vocational education program. Students are required to complete 25 units of credit to meet State of Wisconsin graduation requirements. Of the 25 units of credit, 19 are required areas of coursework including two years of Ojibwe language and two years of Ojibwe Culture. Students are also required to complete a tribal history course detailing the story of the Ojibwe, both past and present.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School is fully accredited by Cognia Accreditation Association.
Special programs include dual credit options with the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College, Gifted and Talented Programs, as well as membership in both the National Honor Society and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Hunter Safety and Drivers Education are also taught within the school day free of charge to students.
Co-curricular activities include high school and middle school volleyball, basketball, football, cross country, and track. Lac Courte Oreilles is a member of the Indianhead Athletic Conference. All athletes are required to adhere to WIAA standards and regulations.