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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Big Sky High School is a public school located in Missoula, MT. It has 1,112 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

Big Sky High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1220
30 responses
Average ACT
25
102 responses
AP Enrollment
6%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$51,270
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$816
National
$949
Median Home Value
$271,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 48 responses
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  • Spirit Weeks
    23%
  • Football games
    19%
  • Drama productions/plays
    17%
  • Senior pranks
    13%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Bonfires put on by the school
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,112
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
25.2%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,966/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.26 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.26 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.26 responses
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It is a great school with scientific advantages, especially ones interested in health care. You can join the health science academy, which has principles of biomedical science, human body systems, medical interventions, and biomedical interventions. The 4 year program gives you experiences with anatomy of the body, job shadowing opportunities, volunteering, and help in making you succeed down the road for the profession you want to achieve when in college and after college as well.
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When compared to the three other main high schools in Missoula, I'd say Big Sky is superior. The atmosphere in the school is great. Everybody really gets a long with everybody and the teachers are very helpful and trustworthy. We are the only school to offer the Health Science Academy which benefits people who are looking to further there knowledge in science and medical fields. If I could improve anything in our school it would have to be the math department. Personally I feel that the education I am getting in math is lacking. This might have an effect on me in the future because I plan to go to college to study engineering. Overall all though Big Sky will always be home to me and I am proud to say that I attended this school for the past four years. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship and I hope to hear from you soon!
At Big Sky I really like the diversity of writing/music classes. I also love most of the people here and found it easy to make friends (and that’s coming from someone who has struggled in that aspect). However, I notice that extracurriculars are mainly classes, aka you can’t do them after school. And there is so much I want to do but I only have so many classes I can take. The only extracurriculars are pretty much sports. Speaking of sports, I feel like they are very glorified here and get the most attention. I’d like for the arts to get a but more recognition. Overall though, I really like it here and I couldn’t imagine attending anywhere else.