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The Missoula school district is governed by a joint board, but under state law must maintain separate budgets. School board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the MCPS Business Building boardroom, 915 South Ave. W.

The district is made up of nine elementary schools, three middle schools, four high schools and an alternative high school program.

About 8,500 students are taught by more than 600 certified teachers. Families new to Missoula can find out which schools their children should attend by calling 728-2400.

A listing of schools in the Missoula County Public Schools district follows, along with public and private schools from other districts in the county.

Big Sky High School. 3100 South Ave. W., Missoula, 59804. 728-2401.

Hellgate High School. 900 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula, 59801. 728-2402.

Seeley-Swan High School. P.O. Box 416, Seeley Lake, 59868. 677-2224.

Sentinel High School. 901 South Ave. W., Missoula, 59801. 728-2403.

Willard Alternative High School. 901 S. Sixth St. W., Missoula, 59801.

Other high schools not part of Missoula County Public Schools district:

Frenchtown High School. See listing under District 40.

Loyola Sacred Heart High School. See listing under private schools.

Valley Christian High School. See listing under private schools.

MCPS elementary schools:

C.S. Porter (middle school). 2510 W. Central Ave., Missoula, 59804. 542-4060.

Cold Springs. 2625 Briggs St., Missoula, 59803. 542-4010.

Chief Charlo. 5600 Longview, Missoula, 59803. 542-4005.

Franklin. 1901 S. 10th St. W., Missoula, 59801. 542-4020.

Hawthorne. 2835 S. Third St. W., Missoula, 59804. 542-4025.

Lewis and Clark. 2901 Park St., Missoula, 59801. 542-4035.

Lowell. 1200 Sherwood St., Missoula, 59802. 542-4040.

Meadow Hill (middle school). 4210 S. Reserve St., Missoula, 5980. 542-4045.

Paxson. 101 Evans Ave., Missoula, 59801. 542-4055.

Rattlesnake. 1220 Pineview Drive, Missoula, 59802. 542-4070.

Russell. 3216 Russell St., Missoula, 59801. 542-4080.

Washington (middle school). 645 W. Central Ave., Missoula, 59801. 542-4085.

Other elementary districts:

District 4: Hellgate Elementary. 2385 Flynn Lane. Grades 6-8, 721-2452; grades 3-5, 549-6109; grades K-2, 728-5626.

District 7: Lolo Elementary, 11395 U.S. Highway 93 S., Lolo, 59847. Superintendent, 273-0451; grades 5-8, 273-6141; grades K-4, 273-6686.

District 11: Potomac Elementary. 29750 Potomac Road, Bonner, 59823. Phone (406) 244-5581.

District 14: Bonner Elementary. P.O. Box 1004, Bonner, 59823. 258-6151.

District 18: Woodman Elementary. 18470 U.S. Highway 12 W., Lolo, 59847. 273-6770.

District 20: DeSmet Elementary. 6355 Padre Lane, Missoula, 59808. 549-4994.

District 23: Target Range Elementary. 4095 South Ave. W., Missoula, 59804. 549-9239.

District 30: Sunset Elementary. P.O. Box 344, Sunset Hill Road, Greenough, 59823. (406) 244-5542.

District 32: Clinton Elementary. P.O. Box 250, Clinton, 59825. 825-3113.

District 33: Swan Valley Elementary. 6423 Highway 83, Condon, 59826. (406) 754-2320.

District 34: Seeley Lake Elementary. Box 840, Seeley Lake, 59868. (406) 677-2265.

District 40: Frenchtown Elementary/High School. P.O. Box 117, Frenchtown, 59834. Grades 7-8, 626-4682; grades 4-6, 626-4414; grades K-3, 626-4414; high school, 626-2670.

Preschool education:

Atonement Lutheran Preschool. 2205 34th St. 549-7792.

The Children’s Center. 236 E. Spruce St., Missoula, 59802. 721-2106. missoulachildrenscenter.com. The Children’s Center is a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited preschool in downtown Missoula. Programs available for 2- to 5-year-olds, and full-day or part-day program options available Monday to Friday 12 months a year. The Children’s Center participates in the Child Care Food Program and serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack at no additional charge. Staff are all early childhood professionals dedicated to working with and teaching young children. The goal is to provide a high-quality early learning curriculum and to prepare children for kindergarten.

Co-Teach Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Program. Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Montana. 243-6303. iersum.org/Welcome_to_CoTeach. Located in Room 15 in the basement of McGill Hall, the Co-Teach Preschool serves children ages 3 to 5 and their families. The preschool specializes in providing an inclusive educational environment for children of all abilities, including those with diagnostic disabilities and their peers.

Discovery Preschool and Childcare Center. 518 South Ave. W. 543-0879. An arts and culturally enriched program for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years.

Missoula Early Head Start, 2121 39th St., Missoula, 59803. 251-9410, Ext. 302. Fax: 251-9403. ravalliheadstart.org and on Facebook. Missoula Early Head Start, a program of Ravalli Head Start Inc., is a federal program serving Missoula County low-income families with children birth to 3-years-old and pregnant women. The year-round program is free to income-eligible families with incomes at or below the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. Some over-income positions may be available for families with high needs. A 10 percent minimum of children with a disability is enrolled. Transportation services to the center are not provided, but help with access to services is available. All program options are designed to enhance family self-sufficiency and include early childhood education; child health, nutrition and development; disability and mental health services; parent education and involvement; and social service links to community resources. Families are served in three program options: 1. Home-based includes weekly home visits and bi-monthly parent-child interaction groups at the center; 2. Center-based includes childcare for families working or in school full time from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 3. Prenatal includes weekly maternal wellness, child development information, childbirth and parenting preparation.

Even Start Family Literacy Program. Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center. 310 S. Curtis St., Missoula, 59801. 523-4033. The Even Start Program can help you earn your GED, learn computer skills or improve your job skills while your children 2 to 7 years old attend the Early Childhood Education Center at no cost to you.

Head Start/Child Start. 1001 Worden Ave. 728-5460. Comprehensive preschool and child care for children 3 to 5 years old. Primarily for low-income families and children with disabilities.

Kid Central Preschool and Child Care. 2200 Holborn St. 549-1915. Comprehensive preschool and child care for children 3-5 years.

Immanuel Lutheran Preschool. 830 South Ave. W. 549-0736. office@imluchurch.org. The purpose of the Immanuel Lutheran Preschool is to provide students an opportunity to hear and experience the good news of God’s love. The preschool will provide a safe, fun, Christian environment with emphasis on social, emotional, academic and physical development through age appropriate activities.

KinderPrep Preschool, 7500 Mullan Road. 239-6999. kinderprep@hotmail.com. KinderPrep Preschool offers classes Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 3-year-olds; Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for 4-year-olds; Monday through Thursday afternoons for older 4-year-olds and those who are not quite ready for kindergarten. Also a Monday-Thursday KinderReady class.

Leaps and Bounds Learning Center. 112 Houk Lane, Stevensville. 777-3707.

Messiah Lutheran Preschool, 3718 Rattlesnake Drive. 549-9222.

Missoula Community School. 239 S. Fifth St. W. 542-2833. School year and summer programs for preschool-fourth grade.

Missoula County Public Schools Early Education Preschool. Located at the Jefferson Fine Arts Building, 1700 South Ave. W. Provides early childhood education for preschool-age children with disabilities together with their peers. Call for more information, 728-2400, Exts. 5037 or 5038.

St. Joseph Early Education Program. 503 Edith St. 549-1290. Provides comprehensive preschool and child care for children ages 2 to 5.

St. Paul Preschool, 202 Brooks St. 549-4141. stpaulmissoula.org. Half-day sessions for 3-year-olds on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings; half-day session for 4-year-olds Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. KinderReady class for 5-year-olds Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

University Congregational Children’s Center Preschool, 405 University Ave. Missoula, 59801. 531-8222. uccmsla.org/preschool_services_missoula.aspx. Contact Brooke Whitman, registrar, 531-8222. University Congregational Children’s Center preschool serves children ages 3-5 and is a nonprofit, professionally staffed, parent-involved school.

Valley Christian Preschool, 2526 Sunset Lane, Missoula, 59804. 549-0482.

After-school programs

GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths). Contact Roe Erin, 543-6691, rerin@ywcaofmissoula.org. GUTS! is the girls leadership project of YWCA Missoula. Through after-school groups, community service projects and summer outdoor wilderness adventures, GUTS! helps girls ages 9 to 18 build self-esteem, discover their unique strengths and develop as leaders.

The Flagship Program. 1325 Wyoming St. 532-9827. Fax: 541-3032. flagshipprogram.org. A community-school partnership that offers a variety of after-school and summer skill-building activities and programs to students in nine Missoula schools. Flagship programs are provided free to students and families. Relies on collaboration among existing community agencies and organizations willing to bring their programs to the schools. Administered by Turning Point, a subsidiary of the Western Montana Mental Health Center.

Respect Club. NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute) Missoula’s Respect Clubs (elementary and middle schools). 541-6891. ncbimissoula.org/youth-and-schools/respect-club. NCBI Respect Club empowers youth to create change in their schools and community. Through use of media, interactive lessons, and guest speakers, elementary and middle school youth learn about the impacts of mistreatment, refine their leadership skills, and work together to create a community action project each spring as a part of Missoula’s annual Diversity Day Celebration.

Project Success. Professionals are in the five Missoula County public high schools, providing alcohol, drug and tobacco education and intervention services. For more information, call participating high schools.

Sylvan Learning Center, 313 S.W. Higgins Ave. 543-2522. sylvanmissoula.com. michael@sylvan-idmt.com. Contact Michael Hoag. Sylvan Learning has been providing educational services to Missoula families for over 15 years. We offer instruction in math, reading, writing, ACT/SAT prep, study skills, and homework support for grades K-12. Our approach is personal, research-based, and is proven to provide our students with the confidence and skills they need to be successful.

Missoula Children’s Theatre. 200 N. Adams St. 728-7529. mctinc.org. MCT Afterschool Performing Arts Classes occur in the fall and winter. Children in grades K-12 may enroll in these classes which meet twice a week from 4 to 6 p.m. for five weeks, ending with public performances. Children will participate in a group audition, be cast in a role, rehearse and perform in the show. Register for either Monday/Wednesday classes with Saturday performances or Tuesday/Thursday classes with Sunday performances.

Youth Forward. NCBI’s Youth Forward (ages 13 to 19). 541-6891. ncbimissoula.org/youth-and-schools/youth-forward. Youth Forward is a safe and confidential weekly drop-in group for youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, or are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The group provides interactive discussions, peer-to-peer mentoring, leadership development, and community engagement with organizational partners.

Summer programs:

Missoula Children’s Theatre. 200 N. Adams St. 728-7529. mctinc.org. MCT Day Camps occur each summer and spring. Throughout each day camp week, children participate in a group audition, are cast in a role, rehearse and perform in a musical. When not rehearsing, children will attend acting, movement and art workshops. Camp days run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with public performances on Saturday or Sunday (you choose your performance day when you register). Children in grades 1-12 can attend Summer Day Camps and K-12 can attend Spring Day Camp.

MCT’s Next Step Prep – The Academy for Musical Theatre. 200 N. Adams St. 728-1911. nextstepprep.org. Next Step Prep is a high-quality, accredited training program run by the Missoula Children’s Theatre for students who are considering the performing arts as a major in college or as a career. The school is designed to provide students with the skills they will need for postsecondary studies in the performing arts including acting, singing and dancing. Students entering grades 9-12 may apply for this six-week summer session.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, School of Extended and Lifelong Learning. University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, 59812. 243-2905. umt.edu/molli. MOLLI, offers a grandparents and grandchildren (ages 6-12) summer camp, MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science: Connecting the Circle each July-(grandparent relationship optional).

Alliance Francaise. afmissoula.org. A cultural and educational organization celebrating French culture, civilization and language. The Missoula chapter, one of nearly 150 in the nation, offers conversation groups, cultural programs, a French summer camp for kids, French language classes, and various musical and social events.

Adult and continuing education:

Even Start Adult and Child Education. Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center, 310 S. Curtis St., Missoula, 59801. GED preparation for parents with school readiness for children birth to 6. Free instruction and child care are available Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learning for the whole family. Call 523-4033 for more information.

Missoula County Public Schools Adult Education Division. Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center, 310 S. Curtis St., Missoula, 59801. Provides a variety of classes for individuals 16 years of age and older in computers, business and career, trade and technical, health and safety, communication, special interest, sewing, personal development, foods and cooking, foreign language, dance and fitness, arts and crafts, and GED testing. Call 549-8765 for more information or see current class at dllc.montana.com.

Missoula County Public Schools Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program. Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center, 310 S. Curtis St., Missoula, 59801. 542-4015. Provides free instruction for individuals 16 and older in basic skills: reading, writing, math, citizenship, family literacy, GED preparation, study skills, college preparation and English as a second language.

The Montana Academy of Skin Care. 800 Kensington Ave. A state board-approved esthetics program. The school is an eligible training provider for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Workforce Service Division.

Montana Assistive Technology Program. 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. Missoula, 59803. 243-5751 or 1-877-243-5511. Fax: 243-4730. matp@ruralinstitute.umt.edu. montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu. MATP is a program of the University of Montana Rural Institute-MonTECH to help all Montanans access the assistive technology they need to attend school, work and live as independently as possible. Services include free information and assistance, assistive technology demonstrations and equipment loans, and an assistive technology financial loan program.

The Nonprofit Administration Online Program offers students education and specific training in the field of nonprofit administration. These courses are offered entirely online and are designed for interested students as well as busy professionals working in the nonprofit sector. The Online Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration offers a dynamic set of core courses and an internship. Students combine theoretical learning about nonprofit practices such as grant writing, strategic planning, fundraising and human resource management with hands-on experience at a nonprofit organization. Students must complete at least 12 credits from among a series of 2-credit online courses in addition to completing a four-credit internship course. The two-credit courses run 10 weeks and cost $385. The four-credit internship is offered each semester and costs $435. Financial aid is not available exclusively for this program. Great news for national service alum: students can make use of their AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for these courses! The Nonprofit Administration Online Program is coordinated by the Office for Civic Engagement and the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning in partnership with the Montana Nonprofit Association. Visit umt.edu/nonprofit.

Private schools:

Christian Assembly Foursquare Academy. Grades K-12. 1001 Cleveland St., Missoula, 59801. 721-6884.

Clark Fork School. 2525 Rattlesnake Drive, 59802. 728-3395. A parent cooperative with programs for children 3 to 10 years old. Summer camp program also available for community children. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. School board meets once a month.

First Lutheran Classical School, 2808 South Ave. W., Missoula, 59804. 549-3311. flcschool.org. flcmissoula@aol.com. First Lutheran Classical School offers a unique and increasingly popular approach to education. It is a return to an educational system where children develop critical thinking skills and are encouraged and challenged to excel in learning, creating a lifetime love of learning. Subjects are taught through an explicitly Christian worldview.

Loyola Sacred Heart High School. Grades 9-12. 320 Edith St., Missoula, 59801. 549-6101.

Mission Mountain High School, grades 8-12, P.O. Box 980, Condon. (406) 754-2580.

Missoula Community School. 239 S. Fifth St. W. 542-2833. Small student-teacher ratios; challenging individualized instruction.

Missoula International School. 1100 Harrison St., Missoula, 59802. 542-9924. Nurtures strong minds and open hearts in young children through Spanish immersion education. A preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds and a primary grades program for 5- to 10-year-olds are offered during the school year. A summer program consists of four two-week sessions for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 and elementary students ages 6 to 10.

Missoula Valley Montessori, 2811 Latimer St., Missoula, 59808. 880-2819. missoulavalleymontessori.com. info@missoulavalleymontessori.com. Contact Kim Mead or Catherine Reilly. The goal at Missoula Valley Montessori is to provide a welcoming, nurturing Montessori environment for young children, which guides them in reaching their full potential. MVM strives to create a setting where children are valued and honored; the families feel welcome and informed and the community is enriched by our presence. Through keen observation, a well-prepared environment and commitment to lifelong learning, Missoula Valley Montessori provides an exceptional Montessori education. Dedicated to instilling in the children respect for the environment, honesty in relationships and compassion for those around them. The program begins when children are 2-years old and serves them all the way through their kindergarten year. All of the lead teachers are certified Montessori teachers.

Mountain View Elementary. Grades K-8. 1010 Clements Road, Missoula, 59801. 543-6223.

St. Joseph Elementary. Grades K-8. 503 Edith St., Missoula, 59801. 549-1290. School council meets fourth Monday of each month.

Spirit at Play Early Child Program, 621 Stephens Ave.. 728-7001. spiritatplay.org. kelly@spiritatplay.org. Contact: Kelly Clouse, program director. Spirit at Play is a nonprofit educational program serving children between the ages of 2-6 during the school term and for children up to age 9 in the summer months. The program has a 3 year extended licensed with the State of Montana’s Department of Public Health & Human Services. Participating in the Stars to Quality trial program with the State of Montana, SAP holds a Star level 2 out of 5 respective levels. The school strives to follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s guidelines for early childhood programs. NAEYC’s Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s Theory, Reggio Emilia Philosophy and the Project Approach are used as educational systems for the children enrolled in the program. Spirit at Play is working toward being a sustainable program and as such the children are being taught sustainable ways to work within the school and the local community to utilize its resources.

Sussex School. Grades K-8. Director Robyn Reed Gaddy, 1800 S. Second St. W., Missoula, 59801. sussexschool.org. 549-8327. Sussex School is a progressive, independent school founded in 1971.

Valley Christian. Grades K-12. 2526 Sunset Lane, Missoula, 59804. 549-0482. Valley Christian School provides a high-quality Christian education while partnering with parents to cultivate the spiritual growth of each child. We strive to produce young people who will serve in our community with integrity, honest, and faithfulness. Now enrolling, preschool through 12th grade.

Education foundations:

Missoula Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1775, Missoula, 59806. Jim Clark, jclarks1234@hotmail.com. missoulaeducationfoundation.org. missoulaeducationfoundation@gmail.com. The MEF’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities in our public schools by promoting community investment in Missoula’s most vital resource – our children. As a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, the MEF raises funds to support creative classroom projects and help needy students pursue higher education within the state.

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