In my last two posts, I’ve mentioned that Montana has total of 148,500 students in the 967 public and private schools. Here is a further breakdown of those numbers and some other interesting demographic details.
- There are actually a total of 148,538 students in Montana’s public and private schools; 140,833 – public; 7,705 – private.
- High school always encompasses grades 9–12.
- There are 214 high schools in Montana: 182 – public; 32 – private.
- Middle school most often consists of grades 7–8, but grades 6–8 are also common.
- There are 244 middle schools in Montana: 210 – public; 34 – private.
- Elementary schools are typically K–6, but K–5 is also common.
- In some of the larger communities, elementary schools are divided into K–2, 3–5, 4–6, and various other groupings.
- There are 362 total elementary schools in Montana: 323 – public; 39 – private.
- Rural elementary schools are K–8. These schools have a student population ranging from only a handful of students (4 or 5) to several dozen (30–40).
- There are 147 rural elementary schools in Montana; 109 – public; 38 – private.
- Montana has 56 counties in Montana. All 56 counties have public schools; only 24 of the counties have private schools.
- There are 422 public school districts in Montana.
- There are 10,521 public school teachers in Montana.
- Montana spends $10,092 per student per year in public education.
- The graduation rate of all students entering high school in Montana is 82%.
In square miles, Montana is just slightly smaller than California. By comparison, California public schools have 6,294,131 students vs. 140,833 in Montana. A California Student Gumption Tour would take decades and would not be possible by a single person and his team.
So … how nifty is it that I get to travel across the entire state and speak with every single student?
Nifty is as nifty does!
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