Bozeman School District
High School Transition
Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding the boundaries, why not just use the CJMS and SMS Boundary for the two high schools?
- There were a few specific reasons why the CJMS/SMS boundary would not be ideal for the high school split.
- Unlike CJMS and SMS, both high schools will sit north of main street. Using the middle school boundaries, where the north side of main goes to the new high school and the south side of main goes to BHS, could create a situation where someone lives across the street from BHS, but is in the boundary of the new high school. Or conversely, they could live south of Huffine, on the west side of town but have to travel to BHS, when they would be closer to the new high school. Using an east/west split made more sense as the two high schools are separated by major roads like 19th, which runs north/south.
- Our K-8 enrollment continues to grow, which will result in Middle School #3 in about 8 years. Considering three middle schools feeding into two high schools in the future, it does not make sense to use the CJMS/SMS boundary now as that boundary will dramatically change with the introduction of a third middle school.
- If you consider the entire high school population, approximately 20% of the students do not come from CJMS nor SMS. They attend our rural feeder schools: Monforton, Gallatin Gateway, Anderson, LaMotte. This population is growing very quickly. Using the middle school boundary for the HS split would mean that we are not accounting for 20% of the high school population. The majority of this rural school population is located south and west of the two high schools. If we used the CJMS/SMS boundary, many of the rural students would be attending BHS, when they are actually much closer to the new high school.
What is the name of the new high school?
- The name of the second high school will be decided in the spring of 2019.
When will the second high school open?
Has construction already started?
- Yes, construction began in March of 2018. Please drive by and check out the progress. The building is most easily viewed by driving north from Durston to Baxter Lane on Flander’s Mill Road.
Is construction also happening at Bozeman High School?
- Yes, the renovation is being designed in the fall of 2018 and construction will begin in the summer of 2020, once some of the students begin moving to the second high school.
Have the school boundaries been identified?
- Not yet, a proposal will be sent to the School Board sometime during the winter of 2018-2019.
How are the boundaries determined?
- A Transition Committee comprised of community members, parents, students, teachers, and administration will be researching demographic data and proposing new high school boundaries beginning in the fall of 2018. The committee will send a proposal to the School Board sometime during the 2018-2019 school year.
Will the second high school open with freshman through seniors?
- No, the second high school will open with freshman through juniors and the senior class of 2021 will remain together at Bozeman High School. Beginning in the fall of 2021, both schools will serve all grades, 9 through 12.
Who is the principal of the second high school?
- The principal of the second high school will be hired in the spring of 2019.
What is the mascot of the second high school?
- The mascot and school colors will be determined in the spring of 2019.
When will the stadium renovation begin at VanWinkle Stadium?
- Renovation is slated to begin during the fall of 2018.
Will more students be involved in sports teams?
- Each high school will have varsity athletic programs increasing the opportunity for students to be involved at the varsity level. Both schools will be considered AA high schools and will compete at that level.
Will the academic programs be similar?
- Exact course offerings will be determined by student interest. We will offer a comprehensive academic program at both high schools. AP(Advanced Placement) courses will be offered at both schools, based on student interest. We are currently in process of identifying and training more teachers to teach our AP courses. In addition, many of the electives will be the same. We have planned and designed the new high school with similar spaces as the existing high school. For example, both schools will have a music and art department as well as spaces for Career and Technical Education classes.
Will there be an open campus / open lunch period at the new high school?
- This is yet to be determined. Once the school administration has been selected, they will begin to work on the school schedule and school handbook. We anticipate, many of the processes and procedures will be similar to what exists at Bozeman High.
Where will Bridger be located?
- Currently, we are designing a space for the Bridger program in the renovation of Bozeman High. The program will accept students from both high schools.
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