Tule River Education Department

Serving the Tule River Indian Reservation

The Tule River Education Department is here to serve you.

The Tule River Education Department’s primary mission is to serve the students of the Tule River Indian Reservation. Everything we do is to enhance the opportunities of our students, and help them become their best academic selves. Our product has value because education has value. What we learn today we will use for a lifetime. Education is a lifelong process, not a destination.

The Tule River Education Department offers services that include but are not limited to:

  1. After school tutoring services for students K-12. 
  2. Summer school program for students K-12
  3. Adult Education program for GED and High School Diploma
  4. Butterfield High School Satellite Program
  5. Summer Youth Work Program
  6. Tutoring for adults enrolled in college courses
  7. Extra-curricular clubs and programs for students and the community including a music program, a science club and student council
  8. Academic based incentives and awardsStudent Academic Incentives
  9. Scholarships for full-time and part-time college and university students


The Tule River Education Department provides qualified teachers and tutors at two locations: Towanits Indian Education Center, located on the Tule River Reservation, and the Tule River Indian Study Center, located in Porterville.

During the regular school year each teacher provides after school academic assistance to about 10-15 students daily.  Students attend their respective centers after their regular school day and their teachers assist them with their homework and provide supplemental work as needed. Teachers are also responsible for tracking their students’ school attendance and grades.  After normal services are done, some teachers and students have established clubs that meet weekly.

During the summer the program becomes more robust.  Students in K-12 attend our summer school for six hours a day over the course of six weeks.  Classroom sizes are small, which gives our teachers the unique opportunity to tailor their curriculum to fit the specific students they have. Students get a daily dose of physical education, and they also get to participate in an elective, non-academic class for an hour every day.  At the end of each week we take the students on a field trip, or have an event at each respective center.