Island School Community
Island School is a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Grant School located on an island in the Penobscot River near Old Town, Maine,
approximately 14 miles north of Bangor,
Maine. The current structure
has been in operation since 1986. The school is accredited by the State of Maine for Pre-K
through Grade 8.
Indian Island School is one of three Native American Schools which comprise
the Maine Indian Education School System. The other two schools are Indian Township and Beatrice Rafferty. The
School Committee is a five-member board, of which each member is a tribal
member. The school's programs are administered by a superintendent and a
Indian Island School, in its pursuit of excellence in education, strives to
continuously upgrade the quality of educational opportunities provided to all
its students. With effective collaboration among home, school, and community
partnerships, Indian Island School is preparing for growth and change through
instruction, leadership, staff development assessment, and technology. This
growth and change will be enhanced by maintaining and incorporating the rich
Penobscot heritage in what we do.
The Penobscot Indian Nation gained national
recognition as a result of the Maine Indian Land Claims Act.
The 2012 Penobscot Tribal
Census shows a membership of 2,390; however, only 451 reside on Indian Island, the Penobscot Reservation. The
Reservation comprises all islands (approx. 200) in the Penobscot
River between Old
Town and Medway
Island, which is the
only occupied island. Several tracts of land have been acquired by the
Penobscot Indian Nation since the 1980 Settlement Act and are located in
scattered parcels throughout the state of Maine.