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What is Ojibwemowin Immersion?

Ojibwemowin Immersion is a teaching method in which the language of instruction is Ojibwe. The teachers instruct the different subjects and lessons in Ojibwe and the materials we use to teach with are also in Ojibwe. The language is not the subject; it is the vehicle that we use to teach.

Why are we using an Ojibwemowin Immersion teaching method?

Immersion-style teaching works! It is an effective method for creating fluent speakers of the language. Many other indigenous communities have utilized immersion-style teaching at different age levels with outstanding results. 

Who is eligible to apply to the Immersion classrooms?

Any child who is 3 or 4-years old on September 1st, 2023, is eligible to apply.

Do they need to be potty trained?


What are the hours for a school day?

Tuesday through Friday, 4 hours per day from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

With a 1⁄2 hour for breakfast and a 1⁄2 hour for lunch.

What are the hours for the extended care?

Our extended care hours are from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and includes a snack and reading. Our after-school program is free to all students provided to parents who are working, in school and training.

When can I enroll my child?

Anytime throughout the year.

How do I enroll my child?

Visit Our Enrollment Page Here to submit your application.

Is your school free?

Yes, our immersion program is free for all students.

Do you provide free hot lunches?

Yes, hot lunches are free for all students.

How many students will be admitted into the Immersion classes?

We will be enrolling a total of 24 students per year. 12 – 3-year olds and 12 – 4-year olds. There is one teacher, one teacher assistant, and one elder for each age group.


We anticipate several returning students and several interested new families. Space is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

How will students be selected for the program?

Students are selected by a committee of elders, teachers, and administrative staff based on their commitment to the program.

Can I schedule a school visit?

Yes, please contact Naomi Long at 218-679-1049 to schedule a tour.

Is there a bus transportation service to and from the school?

Yes, the red lake school district #38 provides our transportation and food services. Our program respectfully operates around the transportation schedule for the school district. Currently, we provide transportation to students who reside on the reservation in the Red Lake, Little Rock and Redby districts. For Ponemah students, there is a pickup point in Redby.

What is expected of the parents and family members?

  • To participate in family Ojibwemowin classes as much as you can

  • To volunteer at the Immersion Program

  • To utilize Ojibwemowin home resources that are administered by the program

  • To use Ojibwemowin at home as much as possible

  • To work closely with our Ojibwemowin Team to continue developing the Immersion School

  • To be patient, supportive, and understanding of their child’s learning and our collective family’s learning

  • To provide us with feedback that will help us meet the needs of our families and students

If you still have questions, please contact us and someone will be happy to help you.

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