I was a foreign exchange student in this school in the 2006/2007 school year and I had the most amazing time one could imagine. Teachers were highly qualified and took great interest in their students beyond academics. Classes were of a very nice size which made learning effective, as there were no overcrowded classes.. In-class discussions were incouraged to help students understand class content instead of dull memorization of facts. The atmosphere in this school is very friendly. I was never pushed to engage in the consumption of alcohol or drugs by fellow students. I felt very well prepared for college and I got accepted (and offered a scholarship) to a very prostegious English language university (English is my second language, and prior to attending this high school I had never attended any school where English is the language of teaching).
While one wants to make their local school sound wonderful sadly the Mission Schools has a hard time achieving this. The academic offerings are poor and inadequate. The primary focus is to make the school a chapter school and act as feeder program to the small colleges in Montana. It doesn't send out a product that can function in the workplace if spelling, grammar and unaided (non-computer)thinking is required. Mainline sports are limited and newcomers do not generally see much playing time. The Arts are lacking with no speech/drama and little art/music programs. Parent involvement is selective and depends upon who you are and how willing you are to be the sqeaky wheel. Issues like what color to paint the school are more important than buying books for classes. Tenure has truly soured the education offered at this school and with upcoming RIF cuts it will probably get worse before