Quick access to Bigfork public school information
An introduction by Matt Jenson, Superintendent of Bigfork Schools:
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 in 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 and Middle School
We have roughly 550 students K-8th. In all grades, we are around 20 students per class.
As you know, it is one building divided into 3 main sections. The “little fork” is comprised Kindergarten through 4th grade, “main hall” comprised of 5th and 6th graders with the “upstairs” consisting of 7th and 8th graders. We believe this keeps the small feel to a “bigger” school.
As a K-5 we are a big enough school to support an elective rotation consisting of Computers, Art/Music, Library and PE, yet small enough to have home room classes around 20 students. In grades 6th-8th, we rotate three times a year through the core classes, with students also being able to participate in several different electives.
Bigfork High School
We average under 20 per class, with some higher level classes even smaller. We are excited to continue to push our students to even more academic successes and have been a leader with concurrent enrollment with FVCC. Many schools pursue AP or IB programs which may lead to college credits if students test well and if the college takes the score. We are focused on getting more of our teachers hired by FVCC, so that they can offer college courses here at BHS. As students complete these courses, they are established on their college transcripts. We currently have concurrent enrollment opportunities in English and Math and next year will be offering courses in Social Studies, Welding and Education.