360° Panoramas of East Helena High School


Research has shown:

  • In small schools, students tend to be more satisfied, more academically productive, more likely to participate in school activities, better behaved, and less likely to dropout than students in large schools.
  • The size of high schools in the research shows an indirect effect on student learning. Essentially, more moderately sized schools -those with 900 or fewer students- seem to improve the climate and conditions for student success, teacher sense of self-efficacy and appropriate sense of responsibility for student learning, when accompanied by high expectations, standards and supporting strategies.
  • Smaller schools also may be safer because students feel less alienated, more nurtured and more connected to caring adults, and teachers feel that they have more opportunity to get to know and support their students.
  • The impact economically of school construction and operation on the building trades, service providers, property values and local businesses have been shown to spur and sustain the local economy.
  • Economically disadvantaged students similarly are more successful and have a lesser chance of dropping out of high school in smaller sized schools.