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Helena High School

Public | 9-12 | 1603 students

 

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Posted June 15, 2009

HHS is a great school to attend. Students are friendly and school spirit is off the chain! Teachers are ok (there are some bad really bad ones). However, the principle is great and really knows what he is doing. HHS students are proud to be bengals and show their colors with pride. It is a better high school that Capital High (opposing high school) where diversity is even less than HHS and student and parent involvement is extremely low
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

HHS is a welcoming school with teachers who want their students to suceed, even when on ocasion, their teaching skills leave somthing to be desired. 98% of the time however HHS is a great school to attend, if a little boring at times. the one problem i see is money mangement, for example the caffiteria doesn't need to be re-done, but the art department along with others could use some extra money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2007

Helena High School Is a friendly school, but all together way too old fashioned. The teachers are not good on the whole. It is unusual if you get a good teacher. I do, however, like the new principal. He is good with the students and is making good changes. Time is wasted a lot, and discipline isn't amazing. But, it's a public school, so many of them are not going to be very good. Extra Curricular activities are fairly good with the school. There isn't much parent involvement however.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2005

The student population at Helena High is very welcoming and worries about the safety of others. The teachers are all great and give students, like myself, a nuturing environment to work in and allow students to have fun learning. The sports programs are extravagant and the students, staff, and principals do their job to create this wonderful top rated school. Helena High is a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2004

Great learning environment, nurturing, very accepting student population. The teachers here are very imaginative and for the most part love their job and wish for kids to succeed. Choose Gretchen Edelen for English. You won t regret this choice.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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

Math

All Students61%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native32%
White, not Hispanic63%
Participates in free/reduced lunch37%
Students with disabilities8%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native61%
White, not Hispanic85%
Participates in free/reduced lunch70%
Students with disabilities28%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Students52%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native25%
White, not Hispanic54%
Participates in free/reduced lunch28%
Students with disabilities4%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 89% 81%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 12%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1300 Billings Ave
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 324-2200

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