Indian Education

The Indian Act/Title VII

The Indian Education Act of 1972 is a congressional declaration of policy in recognition of the special educational needs of the Indian children of the United States.

The Indian Education Act provides financial assistance to local educational agencies such as the Ceres Unified School District.

The Federal grants available under this legislation are administered, monitored and evaluated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Goals

The Ceres Unified School District and the Indian Community developed an on-going program for improving academic achievement and for fostering cultural growth of Indian Children and to increase parent participation in their children's education so that no child is left behind.


In order to be eligible for the program, the child must meet the definition of Indian as stated in the Indian Education Act or have one parent or grandparent who meets the requirements.

If the child is eligible, a parent or guardian must sign the Indian certification enrollment (506) form. The school district must keep on file a form for each student counted for funding.

All children enrolled in the Ceres Unified School District with an enrollment form are eligible for Indian Education Program services.

Program Components

  • During School Tutoring (2nd - 6th grades)
  • Academic Counseling (9th-12th grades)
  • Cultural Classes (after school & during Summer School)
  • Culturally Related Field Trips
  • Parent Club Meetings/Activities
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Curriculum/Library Materials
  • Parent Club Fundraisers
  • Scholarship


Indian Ed's Doris Fischer Memorial Scholarship

The Indian Education Doris Fischer Memorial Scholarship was established in 1995 as a result of Doris's dedication and commitment to the Ceres Unified Indian Education Program and the Indian children in Ceres.

Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors at Ceres High School and Central Valley High School. A criteria for selection is an applicant's participation and involvement in the Indian Education Program.

Funding for scholarships are generated from candy sales, craft sales and donations from family, friends and the Indian community. Indian Education scholarship funds are disbursed through the Ceres High Scholarship Trust Fund account.

If you would like to contribute to the Doris Fischer Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund a check made payable to "Indian Education Scholarship Fund" may be mailed to:
Indian Education, P.O. Box 307, Ceres, CA 95307.

Indian Education Parent Club

Parent Club Fundraisers:

The Indian Education Parent Club consists of six committee members. Committee members meet as needed, to assist in program decisions, and to conduct craft workshops and fundraisers. Committee members serve a one year term. If you are interested in serving on the Parent Club Committee or would like more information regarding the Indian Education Parent Club, please contact the Indian Education Office at (209) 556-1500, ext. 1270.

Committee positions include the following:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Secondary Student
  • Teacher Advisor

Staff Listing

Mandy Bilyeu
Title VII Coordinator

Paraprofessional Aide
Secondary Students
Title VII Parents
Community Volunteers
Tutors and Cultural Instructors