Missoula County Public Schools District No. 1 integrates a 21st Century Model of Education that ensures every student is engaged in learning and graduates from high school. In 2012, the district graduated more than 90.3 percent of its students – the highest graduation rate of any AA district in Montana and 12 percentage points above the national average.
The District has implemented a 21st Century Schools Initiative that is transforming its 17 schools into vibrant learning communities where teachers provide more than 8,400 students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in college and/or career path.
MCPS is a leader in the state in regard to common core curricula implementation. Students can get involved in an International Baccalaureate Programme, robotics, dual-credit (high school/college credit) classes, Advanced Placement classes, world language classes (including Arabic and Mandarin Chinese), dual language immersion programs in grades K and 1, Montana Digital Academy classes (online) and extensive music offerings (band, choir and orchestra) at all levels.
MCPS students perform well on state and national standardized tests. The percentage of 2012 MCPS students meeting or exceeding college readiness benchmarks on all four ACT subject-area tests was 12 percent higher than the national average. MCPS students beat national and state averages across all three subject areas of the SAT as well.
Extensive parent and community involvement provides a strong foundation for student success in Missoula’s public schools. More than 2,600 registered volunteers provide additional support to students and staff. The district partnerswith parents, businesses and community members through Graduation Matters Missoula, an initiative that focuses on reducing the dropout rate. To learn more about this initiative,visit www.graduationmattersmissoula.org.
The District is focusing on communication and integrating new technologies throughout its schools and classrooms. Parents who need to identify which school their child should attend or learn more about schools and programs can stop by the District Administration Building at 215 South Sixth West in Missoula or visit www.mcpsmt.org.
Missoula County Public Schools
School Enrollment (2011)
|Elementary / 1-8||4,579||8,268|
|High Schools / 9-12||2,893||5,343|
|In College or Graduate School||11,266||14,118|
|Attending University of Montana||14,946|
|Attending UM-Missoula College||2,816|