The Pueblo of San Felipe Education Department

Mission: The Education Department is committed to serving our community members’ educational needs by providing guidance and resources that will assist them in working toward fulfilling their life goals.

Vision: Our vision is to be an exemplary tribal education department that empowers our community members to realize their potential to succeed.

Office: Located at the Community Care Services (CCS) Building in the Community Library

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm and by appointment (evenings and weekend availability)

Department of Education

Community Library

Office: 24 Black Mesa Road, Connected to the Community Care Services (CCS) Building

Hours: Monday –Thursday, 9:00 am -7:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 10 am -2 pm (March-May)

Services:

  • Available for check-out: books (children-adults), DVDs, fishing poles, laptops, Museum Family Pass, and a variety of magazines
  • For in-library use: tablets, Xbox 360, board games
  • Interlibrary Loan with NM libraries and other libraries throughout the United States
  • Interlibrary loan is useful if you need an item we do not currently have in our collection. The Community Library can request books, audiobooks, articles, or media from other libraries that are part of the nationwide Interlibrary Loan Service program. Delivery to our Library is within 10 working days and the Library will check out the item to you as if it were our own.
  • Free services: black and white printing and copying, faxing and scanning
  • 12 Desktop computers with high-speed internet connectivity
  • AWE Learning Stations for children
  • Wi-Fi access throughout library and patio with charging stations
  • Monthly enrichment activities and movie nights
  • Meeting space available for departments and community
  • Snacks provided after 3:30 pm for all patrons

Download Library Card Application (PDF)

Katishtya Language and Culture Program

The Katishtya Language and Culture Program is working toward offering home-based language classes for families in our community. This project is made possible by the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Indian Education Act grant funding to support tribes in maintaining and revitalizing their home languages and cultural knowledge.  

Community members who are strong home language speakers and knowledgeable about the culture can apply to become a tribally certified language instructor. Following training in the language curriculum, this certification will qualify you to become a language instructor for our community. Once you earn the tribal certification you can then apply for a Native American Language and Culture Certificate through the New Mexico Public Education Department that will make you eligible to apply for San Felipe specific language instructor positions in NM public schools.

Katishtya Language and Culture Committee (KLCC)

The Katishtya Language and Culture Committee (KLCC) is a 5-person committee responsible for guiding and advising the Katishtya Language and Culture Program on activities, events and related programming. The KLCC holds open meetings on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Members are appointed by Tribal Administration for 2-year terms.              

Current members are: Ethel Chavez, Christine Golden, Nevin Montano, Peter Sanchez, Patricia Sandoval-Cate

Johnson O’Malley (Elementary and Secondary Students)

JOM funds support school and library based tutoring for elementary and secondary students, assistance with school fees if there is a need, annual school supplies and advocacy for students and parents.

Tutors are available on-site at Bernalillo High School, Bernalillo Middle School and by appointment at the Community Library.

Parents and students (K-12 and college) can also get homework help via the live online tutoring and homework help website, BrainFuse. Access to BrainFuse is made possible through a grant to the New Mexico State Library. Live tutors are available daily from 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm. You must have an internet connection to access this service.

Connect to BrainFuse-HelpNow

  • Access www.elportalnm.org
  • Click on BrainFuse HelpNow
  • Choose Live Tutoring under Expert Help
  • Select student’s grade and student’s subject

Adult Education Services

  • HiSET and/or GED Preparation Classes with the UNM High School Equivalency Program

    The Education Department partners with the University of New Mexico High School Equivalency Program to provide community-based classes and tutoring for eligible community members ages 16 and older to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Eligibility requirements include a personal or immediate family connection to agriculture (planting or keeping livestock). Community members who are accepted into the UNM High School Equivalency Program have access to college and career workshops and visits, stipends, school supplies, and advisement.

    Community members interested in earning their high school equivalency are encouraged to contact the Education Department to discuss this and other options for HiSET and GED preparation.
     
  • HiSET and GED Testing Fees Assistance
  • Preparation booklets and school supplies
  • Resume and cover letter writing assistance
  • College visits
  • Employability Skills Training by SPA Tribal Collaborative

Higher Education Services

  • Tribal Scholarship is available to eligible community members to continue their education at regionally accredited postsecondary institutions to earn a certificate, undergraduate or graduate level degrees.
    • Tribal Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
      • Enrolled member of the Pueblo of San Felipe
      • Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
      • 2.0 cumulative GPA upon application or if your GPA is below a 2.0 and a minimum of 5 years has passed since you last attended school, submit an appeal letter.
      • Enrolled in a regionally accredited postsecondary institution
      • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours of courses
      • Must not be in default on a federal or tribal loan or owe a refund on a federal grant
    • Scholarship Award Amounts:
      • Full-time students are eligible for up to $3000.00 per semester and part-time students for up to $1500.00 per semester. Eligible students with no demonstrated need are eligible for a $500.00 award.
    • Priority Deadlines
      • Fall semester: July 14
      • Spring semester: December 15
      • Summer semester: April 28
    • Applications received after the priority deadline may receive consideration for funding if funds remain after returning and new students who submitted the application packets by the priority deadline date have been awarded.

      Download Tribal Scholarship Application (PDF)
       
  • MOU Tuition Waivers (NMHU, NMSU, UNM) and SFCC Tribal Scholarship
  • Southern Pueblos Agency Job Placement and Training referrals
  • Enrichment activities fees assistance
  • College Visits
  • College and career advisement
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • College application assistance
  • College information sessions and visits to the community
  • Scholarship Information

Contact Information

Department Phone: 505-771-6642
Fax: 505-867-6166
Director: 505-771-9960
Librarian: 505-771-9770