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Old 12-29-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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My husband may be accepting a job there in Bozeman next month. We have four children ages 3 - 11, so schools are important. We aren't sure yet if we want to live IN Bozeman, maybe looking on the outskirts of town or even Belgrade or other surrounding areas. (any suggestions?) I was noticing on greatschools.com that Bozeman High School along with some middle and elementary schools receive a 10 (out of 10) on the "great school rating." I was wondering if it is because the community of kids - coming from wealthier educated neighborhoods or is it the school system? Belgrade I think only received a 6 or 7. Any ideas?

Also, if you could recommend any areas or even sketchy areas to avoid, that would be really helpful. We will probably have to rent for now until our home here sells. Any info would be great.

Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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I would say the first decision is what size school you want to get into? Bozeman is big - huge by Montana standards (I heard yesterday that it is the biggest school district in the state right now). Slightly smaller is Belgrade (but I have also heard that they have some issues with bad habits amongst the students). Beyond those two... you get into Manhattan / Three Forks schools. These are both K-12 schools housed in one large building (each in their own town, of course). And then you get the incredibly small in Willow Creek - your 4 children would raise their attendance by about 1/10th. Your decisions depends on how much one-on-one time your kids need (smaller school traditionally have smaller classes meaning more one-to-one time), how involved in sports they are (or plan to be) larger schools can offer more in the way of sport opportunities because of resources and student numbers, etc...
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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For K-8- Gallatin Gateway would be first choice, Monforton second.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I would stick with Belgrade. Bozeman is so cliquey it's disgusting.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Montana
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For K-8- Gallatin Gateway would be first choice, Monforton second.
Absolutely! Gateway Schools are great, and so are the schools in Manhattan. I've heard good things about Monforten also.

Be careful of Belgrade Schools, hopefully they have improved, but it wasn't good for a long time in the late '80's early '90's.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:06 AM
 
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Where would the boundary split be between Gallatin Gateway and Monforton? Monforton gets a pretty low rating, why do you think? There were some nice homes in the Gallatin Hot Springs area, is it a nice area? Is that also known as the Four Corners area? Do both schools go to Bozeman High?

Am I right in assuming to skip Belgrade then? Hasn't there been a lot of growth there to help improve its reputation? Truthfully, I am a bit intimidated by the Bozeman scene, however with some of those schools like Morning Star and Anderson getting such high ratings, it is tempting to stick with those areas? (if we could afford it!)

Bottom line-where is the happy medium of everything? LOL! Not the prestigious communities, nor the trailer parks, good schools, good clean neighborhoods and community, comfortable size lots-not postage stamps... thats not too much to ask, is it?

I know I am bombarding you with questions, I am just trying to figure out where to focus my efforts so I can make the best of our visit there next week.

Thank you soo much everyone!
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Lisabet, Four Corners is a nice area in Bozeman. They do go to Bozeman High. As far as a happy medium between prestigious and trailer park, there is very little in Bozeman. Most of the middle-class neighborhoods are inhabited by old people who bought their houses years ago. I think they have tried to build numerous subdivisions that are touted as being affrodable but I would be careful. When I lived in Bozeman from 2000-2005 the contractors often left something to be desired.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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When my kids were in school there, we were pleased. (2001ish)

I grew up there and the schools were really good, but that was back in the day! LOL
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