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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Hellgate High School is a highly rated, public school located in Missoula, MT. It has 1,203 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.

Hellgate High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1280
124 responses
Average ACT
28
149 responses
AP Enrollment
11%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$43,602
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$785
National
$949
Median Home Value
$253,100
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    31%
  • Band trips/concerts
    13%
  • Link crew upper class men show the freshman around
    13%
  • Sport trips
    13%
  • School plays
    9%
  • Senior showcase day
    6%
  • Speech and debate meets
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,203
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.1%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,966/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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Poor administration at Hellgate High School unilaterally does not care for students. Though faculty is more often than not stellar, programs, classes and staff are cut each year to make room for more money-spinning ventures such as the IB Diploma Programme, which, even in its seventh year, struggles to be managed effectively at a school whose administration only wishes to have the appearance of a top institution--without putting in the work. If a student is struggling with mental health issues or problems at home, the administration and Hellgate's counseling service--which is an oxymoron--consistently makes it abundantly clear they would rather the student leave Hellgate than find an accommodation or a solution to the issue at hand.
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Hellgate High School was a great fit for me at the beginning of my high school career. The people who attend school there are generally pretty accepting and inclusive. I had great experience in things such as cross country and drama. The councilors could be more involved especially in preparing juniors and seniors for the rigorous process of graduating and moving on. Overall, the teachers are pretty good. The IB program could be handled much better. No one seems to have a clue as to what they are doing when it comes to that. I think that the IB program has the potential to be prospective changing and very helpful for unconventional learning, but it is not applied well at Hellage. I think that this is because of the lack of resources staff members have when learning/training for IB curriculum. Non the less, Hellgate was a great experience. I had never felt so at home.
I really love Hellgate, no matter it's flaws. The teachers are great an caring with some exceptional stand-outs that make the day that much better. The administration, however, is terrible. It is a monopoly that just wants to appease to the public and not care about students and their opinions. The school is socially very accepting and the people are overall very kind. Classes can be challenging if you choose to take challenging course which preps you for college. Yet the guidance on applying to colleges is lacking and vague. The help for people struggling in home life is also somewhat lacking, but I also feel that that is the case everywhere. Overall Hellgate is an accepting environment with plenty of opportunities and caring people.