Hoop of Learning

Hoop of Learning

Earn college credits while you’re still in high school! Hoop of Learning is an early high school to college bridge program designed to empower American Indian students to complete high school and transition successfully to higher education. 

Based on a traditional American Indian worldview of a circle, or hoop, of lifelong development, Hoop of Learning offers support, friendship, and help with academic questions and needs. And taking classes through Hoop builds your college resume while providing new experiences and connections to other American Indian students. 

Since 2012, 13 Hoop of Learning students have received their Associate of Arts degrees in the same month that they earned their high school diplomas.

Student Highlight


Students must be:

  • An enrolled member of a federal/state recognized American Indian tribe (or in the process of obtaining a census number)
  • Self-motivated and demonstrate excellent attendance
  • Currently enrolled in high school and able to provide a current copy of their high school transcript
  • At a GPA of 2.0 or higher

Application process:

Thank you for your interest in the Hoop of Learning Program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Our Hoop of Learning application acceptance has passed and are no longer accepting applications for summer 2024. The application will re-open in Fall 2024 for summer 2025. Please check back for updated information.