Our Affiliated Site: Lake Valley
Boarding School
in New Mexico


facts about lake valley boarding school:

  • Grades Served: Kindergarten – eighth grade
  • Facility Description: A modern facility with a campus atmosphere. The school comprises a gym, a cafeteria, and a library, among other amenities.
  • Education: Curriculum parallels the New Mexico state education standards. In addition to core academic subjects, the Navajo language, history, and culture are taught.
  • Nutrition: Nutritious meals are served each day.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Include scouting, sports, games, powwows, and yearly Navajo dances.
  • Health: Students’ health is closely monitored, and medical care is provided as needed.
  • Basic Needs: As with all our affiliated sites, our volunteer coordinators determine the individual needs of each sponsored child, and those basic needs are provided to them on a regular basis. Items include but are not limited to clothing, shoes, bedding for the home, hygiene items, medications, eyeglasses, and school supplies — all which help them overcome the barriers they face coming from impoverished households.

The remote town of Crown Point is located in northwestern New Mexico, near the Arizona border and the vast Navajo Indian Reservation. Despite the wealth of natural beauty in this area, the Navajo Indians who live in this region are desperately poor. There is virtually no employment. Broken homes, alcoholism, and inadequate food are constant manifestations of poverty.

Though one of the smaller schools in the Bureau of Indian Affairs system, the Lake Valley Boarding School provides a safe haven where Navajo students, whose homes are far away, are able to live and learn in a healthy, supportive environment. Most parents struggle to afford clothing, school supplies, and basic necessities for their children. Were it not for the Lake Valley Boarding School, so many children would have little opportunity to dream or to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come.