Choosing a school for your child is a big decision! TJES provides a truly unique learning environment for our students. We are open to all Native American students in the Bismarck-Mandan area, Jr. K through Grade 5, with priority enrollment offered to the children of United Tribes Technical College students.

Our small class sizes, dedicated staff, and close community provide students and families with the tools they need to succeed. Our curriculum honors Native American traditions and values, to provide students with an education rooted in  cultural heritage.

TJES incorporates cultural components throughout the school day.


  • Membership is open to all TJES parents or guardians of enrolled TJES students.
  • Membership in the TJES PAC shall be available without regard to race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin.
  • Membership to the TJES PAC is free.
  • Any interested TJES parents may submit a letter of interest to the TJES Principal at the beginning of each school year.
  • A background check will be conducted as part of the appointment process.
  • The Principal will then make recommendations from the qualified pool of interested parents to the UTTC President for final approval and appointment.
  • The term for the PAC members will be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.
  • TJES PAC will consist of five (5) voting members, with three of the members being officers, who meet the qualifications.


Parents are encouraged to share their culture with their students’ classroom. For more information, speak with your students’ teacher.


Parents can register children online or in UTTC Building 74 during our office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

To register, you will need to provide the following documentation:

  • Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Up-to-date immunization records, with parental signature
  • Proof of custody including any name changes
  • UTTC class schedule (if applicable)

At the time of registration:

  • Students who turn 5 years old between August 1st and December 31 will be enrolled in the Jr. K Program
  • Students must be 5 by August 1st to be enrolled in kindergarten.

For any questions or concerns prior to or during registration, please contact the office at tjesoffice@uttc.edu.


Fill out the online application to begin your journey with TJES!

3315 University Dr.
Bismarck, ND 58504

Phone: 701.221.1800
Fax: 701.221.1841