Bigfork is a great place to raise a family and our schools are very strong. To be fair, all the Flathead Valley schools do well and Montana is generally towards the top in the nation. In Bigfork we believe in making meaningful personal connections and building relationships with each student in addition to tracking academic progress ensuring an average of at least a years equivalent of growth. In the elementary, you will see this happen in real ways as the teachers join students at recess and in the high school you will see teachers with a room full of kids during lunch. These are great opportunities to build and strengthen relationships, but also give you insight into the spirit behind our staff.
Bigfork Elementary School K-5; Brenda Clarke, Principal
As of May 2022, we have 395 students and 28 teachers. Our class sizes vary, but most are under 25 per class. We run on a trimester schedule. Students rotate between library, computers, art & music, and PE and their core reading, writing, math, science, and social studies classes.
Bigfork Middle School 6th-8th; Charlie Appleby, Principal
Located primarily upstairs in the Bigfork K-8 building, BMS has grown to over 225 students. However, core class sizes remain below 25 per class. Like the Elementary, BMS runs on a trimester schedule. Students have many electives options, including art, band, choir, forensics, cooking, personal finance, and extension opportunities four days a week in our WIN program.
Bigfork High School, Mark Hansen, Principal
Bigfork High School is a place of inclusion where students get a significant amount of one-on-one instruction and individual attention. Our class sizes average around 20 students per class, with some higher-level courses even smaller. We are excited to continue to push our students to greater academic success. We are a leader in the valley (per student ratio) for our number of concurrent enrollment classes through Flathead Valley Community College. We offer dual enrollment classes (for juniors and seniors) in mathematics, science, history, English, welding, and education. Many of our students graduate with a semester or two of college already completed.
Our school has received the Academic Excellence Award for class B student-athletes for the past two years. Our students are academically inclined even while participating in busy sports seasons. We offer cross country, volleyball, soccer (boys and girls), wrestling, girls swimming, basketball, track, tennis, golf, and speech and debate. Our Cave Club is well-renowned in the state for the various projects completed and accolades received over its many years of operation in our school.