Our Affiliated Site: Red Rock Day School in Red Valley, Arizona


facts about red rock day school:

  • Grades Served: Kindergarten – eighth grade
  • Facility Description: This recently expanded school includes a modern building of brick and stucco, which houses classrooms, a gymnasium, a kitchen, a cafeteria, a library, and a home living center with space for programs in industrial arts, music, and fine arts.
  • Education: Adheres to Arizona public school standards. Core academic subjects are taught, as well as Navajo history, culture, and language.
  • Transportation: Due to the remoteness of their homes, many Navajo children must travel long distances each day to get to and from Red Rock Day School. Most roads are unpaved, muddy, and ill-maintained.
  • Medical Care: Provided as needed by a public health service nurse.
  • Nutrition: A nutritious breakfast and lunch are served daily. One-hundred percent of enrolled students qualify for the Free Federal/Reduced-Price Meal program.

The remote community of Red Valley – home to Red Rock Day School – is situated amid the incredible desert beauty of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Comprising more than 27,000 square miles of spectacular but inhospitable countryside, the Reservation extends into both Utah and New Mexico. Within 25 miles of the school is the famous “Four Corners,” a marker spot that notes the boundaries of four states – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah – which meet at a single point. Despite its massive scale and rich cultural heritage, residents of the Reservation are desperately poor. There is virtually no employment.

Broken homes, alcoholism, and inadequate food are constant manifestations of poverty.  For this reason, Red Rock Day School serves as a beacon of hope to its surrounding community. Originally built in the 1940s, and partially funded today by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Red Rock Day School strives to provide each child with nutritious meals, care and support from well-trained teachers, and a quality education – the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so that students may rise above the difficult economic circumstances from which they come.