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East Helena High School – Key Facts

  • East Helena residents on May 8 approved a bond to construct the community's first high school.
  • Our students will attend a smaller school, closer to home, with smaller class sizes. Students will have greater opportunity to participate in student groups and school sports, such as softball and football. It will be easier for kids to get to school and attend after-school and evening activities.
  • Research shows that students in small schools do better academically, feel less alienated, more nurtured and more connected to caring adults.
  • We will be a Class A school with gym, track, fields, grandstand and other sports facilities that allow us to compete at this level in Montana.
  • CTE Programs (Career Technical Education) including woodshop/construction, welding, STEM, robotics, drafting, culinary arts, art, music (band & choir), and design production, plus other academic and career elective course offerings.
  • A library, cyber café, commons areas, full and auxiliary gym, weight/fitness room, kitchen conference rooms available to community use and rental.
  • 95,000-105,000 square-foot building with full high school services for 500-600 students, which accounts for student population growth.
  • The $29.5 million bond will fund construction of the new high school. The cost for the owner or a $200,000 home is projected at $34.21 per month. However, East Helena taxpayers will no longer pay into operations of Helena’s schools once the local high school opens. This, when coupled with the recent proposed increases to the high school levies in Helena will decrease the monthly payment by $4.86 per month, for a total of $29.35 per month.
  • Operations of the new school will result in a long-term tax decrease for East Helena taxpayers. Our tax dollars will stay in town, supporting our schools.
  • The school will open to East Helena high school students on Aug. 26, 2020.