School Information

1301 Marquette Avenue

Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783

(906) 635-5055 - phone

(906) 635-3805 - fax


Educational School Day

8:20 A.M - 3:50 P.M.

Main Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 7:30 A.M - 4:30 P.M.



1994 - opened as tribal school sponsored by the Sault Ste. Marie band of Chippewa Indians

1995 - the school is chartered by Northern Michigan University to become a public school academy and is renamed Bahweting Anishnabe Public School Academy. Added service for 7th Grade students.

1996 - Added service for 8th Grade students.

1998 - Bahweting Anishnabe PSA is renamed to Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe PSA in honor of the late tribal leader.


The current student enrollment is over 580 students.


Northern Michigan University Charter Schools 

NMU Charter School Contract

Bureau of Indian Education


Mission Statement:

JKL Bahweting Anishnabe School, in cooperation with parents and community, provides an educational program that develops each student’s individual abilities. We are committed to providing educational excellence through rigorous and relevant programs within a safe, nurturing, and culturally rich environment with specific emphasis on the Anishinaabe traditions and language.


School Administration:


School Superintendent

Dr. Carolyn Dale

(906) 635-5055 ext 107


Director of Federal, State, and School Programs 

Dr. Chris Gordon

(906) 635-5055 ext 504

Director of Business and Finance

Becky Aldrich

(906) 635-5055 ext 109

Human Resources Generalist

Erica Bennett

(906) 635-5055 ext 106



Academic Services:

The purpose of the Title I Program is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging State Academic Standards and academic assessment through additional assistance.  To inquire about the program, a parent/guardian should contact the Programs Coordinator.


Special Education:

JKL Bahweting School provides Special Education services for students identified as having a disability defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Students are found eligible for Special Education services through the proper evaluation and placement procedures, governed by State and Federal Guidelines.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to be active participants in the Child Study and referral process.  To inquire about the procedure or program, a parent/guardian should contact the Special Education Coordinator.


Gifted and Talented:

The purpose of the Gifted and Talented Program is to provide targeted enrichment in an accelerated educational program, including the use of school-wide programs or additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time.  To inquire about the program, a parent/guardian should contact the Programs Coordinator.