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Old 10-25-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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We have been looking to relocate to probably either Bigfork or Whitefish with a job in tote and have done some looking at the local schools. We'd prefer smaller schools in general, with Bigfork and Whitefish appearing to have the better quality schools in the area that seem to fit that definition.

Any opinions on the cultures of these schools? Specifically the high schools as we will have one in high school and realizing the others feed in there. Our kids are active in both sports and academics, and we'd like to see a focus on higher education within the school, a supportive environment, and one that places higher expectations on students in general (with a student body with more parents who do the same). I just believe that whether it's kids tending the fields, hitting the books, or doing homework, kids do better with clear expectations and positive rewards. Finding teachers who are passionate about what they do is always a plus.

I'd also be curious to hear of any comments on Stillwater Christian in Kalispell and Whitefish Christian Academy. Private schools seem much more affordable in Montana than where we're coming from, and if money were no object, we're prefer our kids in religious schools as opposed to secular schools (It's an object, but not an insurmountable one). I'm particualry impressed with the Classical Christian philosophy at Whitefish Christian. I do wish that they went K-12, though.

Any word or even hearsay on the above?

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Old 10-25-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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Don't know about those schools specifically but...

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Most Montana schools are above average.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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We just relocated from Texas to Whitefish and both our kids are enrolled at Muldown Elementary in Whitefish. The school is very close knit and the teachers are fantastic (we have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader). One of our kids was in a top tier private school back in Texas, the other in public - so we're familiar with both schools of thought. We gave Whitefish Christian Academy a brief look, and agreed the tuition is much less expensive than Texas private schools but we didn't see any compelling reason not to enroll both the kids at Muldown.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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We just relocated from Texas to Whitefish and both our kids are enrolled at Muldown Elementary in Whitefish. The school is very close knit and the teachers are fantastic (we have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader). One of our kids was in a top tier private school back in Texas, the other in public - so we're familiar with both schools of thought. We gave Whitefish Christian Academy a brief look, and agreed the tuition is much less expensive than Texas private schools but we didn't see any compelling reason not to enroll both the kids at Muldown.
That's helpful. We've had very mixed experiences in public schools. Most in our region have pretty much universally positive experiences in the private schools in the area. So it's a bit of a toss-up. Did you hear specific positives or negative about Whitefish Christian?

Like I said, I'd prefer our kids be in a Christian school, though with the understanding that cost is a marginally important consideration. Any word on schools in Bigfork?
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Kalispell, MT
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Stillwater Christian School is down the road from my house, and I thiiink it is K-12, but I'm not sure. I'm not religious, so I'm unsure. I haven't heard anything about it, neither negative or positive, so you might just have to try it out yourself. There are several other schools in the valley, but aside from a Catholic middle (?) school, I don't know of any others. The main high schools are Flathead (don't recommend it) and Glacier (recommend).
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