Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School

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School History

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School began operation in 1975 as a K-3 school.  In the winter of 1975-76, 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. 


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, culturally and community based education system designed to meet the needs of the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation.


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.  LCO is also recognized as a Project Lead the Way certified school. 


Special programs include Dual Credit options with the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community 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.


The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School 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 the Advanc-ed Accreditation Association.