IRIS at a Glance

  1. Historical Background/ Rationale

  2. What is IRIS?

  3. Current Issues

  4. Supporters of IRIS

    • Overall Budget
    • Community Involvement
    • Support and Networking





To create a model set of students who are optimally groomed and open to learning.



  1. To create functional literate students as the basis for achieving lifelong learning.
  2. To develop critical and reflective thinking skills as the basis for  higher level cognitive development
  3. To develop a keenness for patriotism and environmental protection
  4. To develop an optimally-rounded set of students adept at social dexterity and positive mobility. 
  5. To develop an awareness of the true meaning of  ‘The Family’  and the need to maintain strong family values
  6. To stimulate the practice of strong family values
  7. To accept and appreciate the mental component of man and the need to develop and preserve self as a positive entity contributing to the circle of life
  8. To show appreciation for the role of the spiritual component of human nature as a guide towards realizing one’s divine purpose, hence living in harmony with nature.



To create model individuals for society by tapping the unique potential of each IRIS member through literacy, and empower each to play his role in making this world a safer, gentler society for all.



Each-one-reach(es)-one with love and care;

Extend the chain of love to each one we meet and

Build cornerstones of our heritage through language and communication.



Matthew 21:42

Jesus saith unto them, did ye never read in the scriptures, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? (King James Bible)


"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as real strength." --Ralph Stockman

Give us a blessing so that our words and actions be one in unity,
and that we be able to listen to each other, in so doing,
we shall with good heart walk hand in hand to face the future.
In the presence of the outside, we are thankful for many blessings.
I make my prayer for all people, the children, the women and the men.
I pray that no harm will come to them,
and that on the great island, there be no war,
that there be no ill feelings among us
From this day on may we walk hand in hand
So be it.

      Frank Fools Crow
Oglala Lakota Holy man)
              Before the U.S. Senate 1975


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