Onondaga Nation School is located at 270 Route 11A Nedrow, NY providing education for grades K-8 in Onondaga County. The Onondaga Nation School began as the Onondaga Indian School circa 1850. Under an agreement with New York State, the school began in a one room schoolhouse on Kennedy Road on the far eastern boarder of the Nation. In 1910, the school relocated to a two story house on the present site on route 11A. The school accommodated students Kindergarden through Grade Six.
In 1940, the state of New York erected the current brick structure. In 1950 additional classrooms were added to the northern section of the school. In 1954, the LaFayette School District began to contract with the State of New York allowing students to continue their education at the LaFayette Jr/Sr High School. Before this time, students who wanted to further their education attended the Roosevelt Jr. H.S., Central H.S., Vocational H.S., or the Onondaga Valley Academy in Syracuse, New York. Often students attended schools in such institutions as Hampton Indian School (VA), Carlisle Indian School (PA), Haskell Indian School (KS) or the Thomas Indian School in Cattaragus.
The community takes pride in its school programs. Families are very involved, working collaboratively with school personnel to provide a quality education for the community’s youth. The academic program is characterized by a standards-based approach. The educational program is designed to foster strong academic skills, self-esteem, social competence, and problem solving abilities within an inclusive environment. We believe that children learn best when information is presented in a way that makes sense to them and is of high interest.