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Bozeman High School

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Posted September 19, 2013

We loved Bozeman High and were so sad to leave. My son had an amazing time while attending. The education is top notch and the athletics are wonderful as well. My son did not encounter any bullying. However, I have heard repeatedly that Bridger Alternative kids have a hard time. It would be best for them to move the two schools to different campuses. All in all, we love the school and the community involvement is amazing! Go Hawks!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 1, 2013

This school, Bozeman high, was the worst experience I've ever had throughout my school years. I'm going to be a Junior this year, & just moved out of State because I can not stand the kids & uncaring teachers in Bozeman High. Bullying goes on in every nook & cranny in that school. The teachers don't do anything about it. Bozeman high school kids would bully the bridger alternative program kids. I had 4 of my 8 classes in Bridger. They are wonderful people, wonderful teachers, & all around perfect. Bozeman is a messed up school system. I guarantee that your kids will have at least 2 or more bad experiences in just one of year of high school. I hated that school down to the last day of sophomore year.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 26, 2012

My children are not native Montanas and the were bullied and degraded. The school & district would do nothing because it is concidered an exceptable taching mthod here. One teacher warned us before classes started and tried to help but I ended up pulling my children out and sending them to another state to make sure they actually got a diploma. I've dealt with 5 school districts across the country. Bozeman ranks 2 in academics, 1 in music, 2 in sports and 0 in niceness.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2012

I attented Bozeman Senior High Scoop as a foreign exchange student in 1987-.1988 and had a great time there. I wish my kids could go to same kind of school

Posted August 29, 2011

This IS the school you want your kids in.. They are down right fabulous! Especially if your child has some health issues. They really go the extra mile!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2009

Average. That's about all I can say. It wasn't bad, but classes were too easy for me and I was often bored. There wasn't enough there to challenge me and most classes were too large to get any individual attention. There are many great teachers, but the school as a whole needs some work.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 26, 2008

The academics at BHS are outstanding. The music program is the best in the state. There is plenty of opportunity to participate in extracirricular activities and the staff is excellent. The physical plant is undergoing a renovation which should improve the school situation immensely.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 7, 2008

I think it's a great school. The teachers are great and they know what they are doing. I can't wait for the renovations in the next couple years
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 21, 2007

There are lots of sports but it is difficult to play varsity or make it to varsity because of the competition being the only high school in the city of Bozeman. there are lots of extra curricular activities to become involved in. Our principal is amazing and really puts forth a lot of effort in making sure our school is safe for students and what needs to get done, is getting done. Music and art programs are very successful in the state and national levels. Not that there is much choice in choosing a school in Bozeman but there is a lot going on at this school and something
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 28, 2006

As a current student at bozeman high, I have enjoyed the experience and have found areas to work in that almost every student finds. This isn't just for the academic or athletic, as there are so many classes and activities that anyone can find something. These classes range from computers to art to music to sports to language. It is a large school, yes, but it is being improved. The teachers are second to none, and even though one person talks about low rates of SAT and higher learning, we are always encouraged to do more and go on in life. Our counselors are awesome and are always there for us. The entire community is extremely supportive of the school. Overall it is a wonderful place that almost all students enjoy.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 6, 2006

Great school if your kid is athletic or in music. Tough school if your kids is anywhere in the middle. Way too many kids packed into this school, hard to get individual attention. Wonderful teachers, but overwhelmed by the number of students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2006

School has very high acheivement scores compared to CA schools. The difference is that MT schools work hard to include all students. It is not a 'turn out only the best and the h--- with the rest' type of school. The teachers are excellent as is the adminisration. Overall, I would rank this school very high in all areas.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2006

These are some of the single best public schools you will ever find. Students rank quite high on national and state tests and the courses are quite diverse. We have some of the most remarkable teachers. These people are good at what they do and do it because they enjoy it (they have to for the low amount they are paid). The student counselors are very impressive. I've never seen better. Very good schools, very nice community.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 26, 2005

This is a great school with many opportunities. From the first day I walked in as a freshman, I felt welcomed and supported. There is a vast array of clubs for anyone and everyone. The teachers and staff in general are very interesyed in your progress and strive to keep this school a positive learning environment. The other students are very curteous and are wiling to assist anyone in need. Bozeman High provides a safe, fun, and innovative high school life, while still providing teens with the space and freedom that they need. I truly would not want to be in any other school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 24, 2005

Rating a school for me is about results: Typically, less than 50% of BHS graduates go on to college - less than 35% earn 4 year degrees. Less than 50% of the students take SAT exams - only the best students are encouraged to take such key benchmark tests. 27% of 10th graders are reading below grade level this year. Only 16% of BHS students ever take an AP classes. We have crowded classrooms and not enough teachers. The 2002-2003 BHS graduation rate was ~86% per state NCLB data. If it wasn't for Bozeman's soft grading policies - the community would be sounding the alarm bells for an overhaul and fast. A's and B's and a diploma from BHS are NOT a meaningful achievement! If you want to be prepared for College level academics, BHS is not the school for you. Big changes are needed - but not on the way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 12, 2004

The school is old and is still in great condition for its age. It has been proposed that there should be another high school built to accomodate for the large number of students that are enrolled in the school. I am a Freshman there and the school is large, but it needs more classrooms. As with all the teachers in MT, they are some of the most lowly paid teachers out there, although they still produce ratings that always rank very high on scores. It is in a great community that always has somthing going on, and with enough people that there is always someone nice. The city's population is around 35,000 people.
—Submitted by a student

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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The state average for Math was 59% in 2011.









The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.









The state average for Science was 47% in 2011.








Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2010-2011 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction


All Students74%
Asian American89%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic74%
Participates in free/reduced lunch57%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English74%


All Students92%
Asian American95%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic94%
Participates in free/reduced lunch79%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English92%


All Students67%
Asian American83%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic67%
Participates in free/reduced lunch41%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2010-2011 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 82%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 11%
Asian 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Black 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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205 North 11th Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715
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