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New York State Indian Aid Program

New York State Indian Aid Program

The North Syracuse School District offers academic supports to eligible Native American and Alaskan Native students of the District.  Academic support costs are covered by grant funding available through the United State Office of Indian Affairs.  Based on funding, the following supports may be offered to students:

  • After-School Tutoring Provided by Certified Teachers for students Grades K-12
  • Financial Support for Advanced Placement Courses and SAT Registration
  • School-Based Academic Counseling for students Grades 5-12
The tutoring services are open to eligible Native American students in grades K-12.  Tutors are certified teachers and take place at District school buildings or local libraries. Tutoring supports may be limited based on funding and number of students participating.
Once Native American/Alaskan Native student reach 5th grade, they are assigned a NAEP school counselor.  The counselor is assigned to help students be academically successful throughout middle, junior and high school.  Some of the activities that your child may participate in include:
  • Monitoring of grades and attendance at the close of each marking period to ensure success
  • Discovering interests through interest inventories to help identify career aptitude
  • Exploring college and career readiness using Naviance
  • Learning about The Common App and the ins and outs of online undergraduate college applications
  • Touring a local college
  • Meeting with a state representative to learn more about Native American scholarships and grants available

To find out more about your supports available through the Native American grant, please contact the Cicero-North Syracuse School Counselor, Courtney Kwilos. She may be reached at (315) 281-2142 or
To qualify for the program, you must complete an Indian Student Eligibility Certification Form or 506 form. For additional information, contact the office of Nickolas Scholz at (315) 218-2153 or email