Hoop of Learning Program

The Hoop of Learning Program is an early college high school bridge program administered by the Maricopa Community Colleges. Born from a need to help Native American students stay in school and pursue a college degree, the Hoop of Learning Program has celebrated over a decade of success and continues to grow.


This program offers a conceptual design tailored specifically to meet the academic and cultural needs of Native American students. Basic tenets of the model replicate the indigenous Circle of Life philosophy long practiced by all Native American peoples of the North and South Americas. These tenets include:

  • Traditional Native worldview of lifelong development
  • Developing strong positive cultural identities and integrity
  • Culturally relevant education
  • Traditional Tribal community facilitated by a broad network of relations
  • Individuals contributing to the well being of the community
  • Native people serving as role models

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester - June 1
  • Spring Semester - December 1
  • Summer Semester - February 1
  • Must have minimum high school GPA 2.0
  • Incoming high school sophomore, junior and senior students are eligible to apply
  • Must be American Indian or a member of a state or federally recognized tribe
How to Apply
  • GateWay Hoop of Learning students – Contact Hoop of Learning staff
  • New Applicant
  • Complete and sign all necessary documents with your parents
  • Provide Official High School Transcripts
  • Provide Copy of Tribal Affiliation (C.I.B., tribal enrollment card, etc.)
  • Provide Copy of Evidence of Lawful Presence (see application for accepted documentation)
  • Deliver all documents to the Hoop of Learning program office


Phone: (602) 286-8930
Fax: (602) 286-8072
Building: Integrated Education Building
Room: IE1216

Program Coordinator

Phone: (602) 286-8188
Building: Integrated Education Building
Room: IE1216