The primary function of this division is to ensure GRIC K-12 student success. This division is headed by the Community Educator, who works closely with the 11 on-reservation schools as well as the outlying local K-12 schools where students who live within GRIC jurisdiction attend.
One initiative in place to maximize student success is reservation school unification, which involves: maintaining open communication among the institutions, tribal leaders, and the Department; coordinating quarterly curriculum objective alignment workshops; soliciting the needs of reservation school faculty in this regard; collaborating with the schools and the Community to minimize truancy; and monitoring the schools’ performance for compliance with the tribal donation resolution.
This division is also working closely with the MIS department to develop a student tracking mechanism that will allow databases in the schools where GRIC students attend (both on- and off- reservation and including the off-reservation boarding schools), and tribal district, court, and administrative offices to communicate.
Also, this division oversees the Johnson O’Malley Program and promotes the Summer Bridge Program at ASU East, and GED classes in the community.

Contact Info

555 "B" Street (gray modular w/ green trim at corner of Blue Bird)

Contact Info:
Phone: (520)562-3190
Fax: (520)562-3192


Blackwater Community School, Casa Blanca Community School, Gila Crossing Community School , Maricopa Village Christian School, St. Peter’s Indian Mission, Sacaton School Districts - (Sacaton Middle School - Sacaton Elementary School), Skyline Gila River Schools


Sienna Whittington, Education Manager
Phone:(520) 562-3662
Cell: (520) 610-3519
Email: Sienna.Whittington.EDU@gric.nsn.us

Lorraine Dosela, GRIC Student Advisor
Betty H. Fairfax High School
Cell: (520) 610-1692
Email: condosela@phoenixunion.org

Kenyen Thompson, GRIC Student Advisor
Casa Grande Union High School
Cell: (520) 610-0273

Terry Willis,GRIC Student Advisor
Coolidge High School
Cell: (520) 610-2178

Demitria Davis, GRIC Student Advisor
Hohokam Middle School 
Cell: (520) 610-2177

Jerry Curley, GRIC Student Advisor
Coolidge High School
Cell: (520) 610-2183

Gene Manuel, GRIC Student Advisor
Casa Grande Union High School
Cell: (520) 610-9082

Richard Blackwater, GRIC Student Advisor
Coolidge Alternative Program
Cell: (520) 610-3389

Danielle Allen, School Board Advisor
Cell: (520) 610-8577




Application Process

In order to apply to a boarding school you MUST supply the following documentation to the boarding school office:
Certified Degree of Indian Blood
Current Physical Examination
Updated Immunization Record
Current Transcripts
Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
8th Grade Certificate (Freshmen Only)

PROCESS: keep in mind that all required deadlines MUST be met
Obtain your school application from the boarding school office
Complete the application of choice
Ensure that all appropriate signatures are acquired
Return the application
Turn in all other required documents