Mission, Vision, and Guiding Philosophy

2016 Founding Class of Anpo Wicahpi

2016 Founding Class of Anpo Wicahpi


“Wicincila ta Owayawa ki le Lakol Wichohan huagleya mani pi kte na woonspe pata wanjila kuwapi kte; hecel tokata igluonihan mani pi kte na Winyan Zunte heca pi kte na oyate ki wacinwicayapi kte.”

Through an academically rigorous program grounded in Lakota culture, language, and values, the Pine Ridge Girls’ School aims to empower the young women of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by fostering self-respect, a love of learning, and leadership qualities to help them serve and shape their world.


The Pine Ridge Girls’ School will provide an opportunity that, until now, did not exist on any reservation across the country: a safe-haven for young Native girls to immerse themselves in a culturally rich and academically rigorous college-prep curriculum; designed specifically for how girls learn best.

Our vision for the Pine Ridge Girls’ School to produce students who think critically, solve problems creatively, and demonstrate college-level skills that are aligned with their cultural values. We hope to emerge as one of the authentic voices of the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, serving as a model for Native girls and a source of inspiration for schools across the country.

Guiding Philosophy

The Pine Ridge Girls’ School is founded on the culture, values and traditions of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Guided by a vision for an educational experience rooted in Lakota life-ways, we are dedicated to the revitalization of cultural ways of living, especially as those ways ground our students in their journey to adulthood.

We also value academic rigor and evidence-based program design. Our privately-funded school aims to break barriers to academic success and leadership development by changing the way that native students are taught and at the same time, our programs and services will reflect best practices in all-girls education. Pine Ridge Girls’ School is driven by a commitment to help our young women succeed.

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