Top 10 Best Montana Public Schools (2024)

Montana is the #38 largest school system in the United States, serving 149,290 students across the 834 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are 125 private schools, serving 11,182 students). 93% of all K-12 students in Montana are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Montana is 36%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 46%.
The top ranked public schools in Montana are Anderson 7-8, Gallatin Gateway 7-8 and Longfellow School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 22% (majority American Indian) and the student:teacher ratio is 13:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(MT) School Average
American Indian
11%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
5%
Black
1%
White
78%
Two or more races
4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in MT.

Top Ranked Public Schools in Montana (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Anderson 7-8
(Math: 80-89% | Reading: ≥90%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 80-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-8
10040 Cottonwood Road
Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 587-1305
Rank: #22.
Gallatin Gateway 7-8
(Math: 70-79% | Reading: 80-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 70-79% (Top 1%)
Reading: 80-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-8
100 Mill Street
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
(406) 763-4415
Rank: #33.
Longfellow School
(Math: 70-74% | Reading: 80-84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 70-74% (Top 1%)
Reading: 80-84% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
516 S Tracy
Bozeman, MT 59771
(406) 522-6150
Rank: #44.
Jefferson School
(Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 70-74% (Top 1%)
Reading: 75-79% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
1023 Broadway
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 324-2060
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
Belt 7-8
(Math: 70-79% | Reading: 70-79%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 70-79% (Top 1%)
Reading: 70-79% (Top 5%)
Grades: 7-8
1 Church Street
Belt, MT 59412
(406) 277-3351
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
West Glacier School
(Math: 70-79% | Reading: 70-79%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 70-79% (Top 1%)
Reading: 70-79% (Top 5%)
Grades: PK-6
160 Old Bridge Road
West Glacier, MT 59936
(406) 888-5312
Rank: #77.
Rattlesnake Elementary School
(Math: 71% | Reading: 76%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 71% (Top 5%)
Reading: 76% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
1220 Pineview Drive
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 542-4050
Rank: #88.
Morning Star School
(Math: 72% | Reading: 72%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 72% (Top 1%)
Reading: 72% (Top 5%)
Grades: PK-5
830 Arnold St
Bozeman, MT 59771
(406) 522-6500
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Amsterdam School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 65-69% (Top 5%)
Reading: 75-79% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-6
6360 Camp Creek Road
Manhattan, MT 59741
(406) 282-7216
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Anderson School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 65-69% (Top 5%)
Reading: 75-79% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-6
10040 Cottonwood Road
Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 587-1305

Best Montana Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
17
2,658
91%
17
1,361
71%
19
1,379
10%
44
11,776
26%
11
1,597
9%
10
1,258
11%
24
1,571
9%
47
15,155
10%
47
14,157
14%
18
2,617
83%
17
2,955
51%
20
4,415
55%
14
2,463
12%
44
14,303
15%
15
1,716
11%
22
5,612
13%
18
1,948
15%
15
1,526
62%
16
1,418
17%
19
1,086
10%
13
683
16%
16
1,164
25%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Montana?
The top ranked public schools in Montana include Anderson 7-8, Gallatin Gateway 7-8 and Longfellow School.
How many public schools are located in Montana?
834 public schools are located in Montana.
What percentage of students in Montana go to public school?
93% of all K-12 students in Montana are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Montana?
Minority enrollment in Montana is 22% (majority American Indian)

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