K-12 Education

Employers can offer their employees who are parents a choice of highly rated public or private schools in Butte Silver Bow.

Butte’s students are “connected”! The Butte School District, in a public/private partnership with MERDI and FatBeam, built a brand new 2 gigabit fiber network deploying the fastest, most reliable and most adaptable connectivity to all Butte School District students—the only such network in the State.   In fact, this connectivity rivals Google Fiber’s much published 1Gigabit offering in only a few US cities.

The Butte School District is committed to provide each of our students with a comprehensive educational experience in preparation for current academic challenges and future educational and occupational endeavors.  Through a belief in high expectations in a culture of respect, Butte’s highly qualified teachers, administrators, support staff and caring School Board members continually look for ways to improve programs and services, to provide excellence in education.

Butte High School has a record of academic excellence and students receiver well over one million dollars in scholarships annually.  Butte School District #1 also partners with Montana Tech of the University of Montana and Highlands College to prepare students for careers in STEM disciplines.

The Butte School District Administration building is located at
111 N. Montana Street. Superintendent:  Judy M. Jonart, (406)533-2500

Butte High School, 401 S. Wyoming, (406) 533-2200

East Middle School, 2600 Grand Avenue, (406) 533-2600

Emerson Elementary, 1925 Phillips Avenue, (406) 533-2800

Hillcrest Elementary, 3000 Continental Drive, (405) 533-2850

Kennedy Elementary, 1101 N. Emmett, (406) 533-2450

Margaret Leary Elementary, 1301 Four Mile Vue Road, (406) 533-2550

West Elementary, 1000 Steel Road, (406) 533-2700

Whittier Elementary, 2500 Sherman Road, (406) 533-2890


Butte’s private schools offer co-educational and comprehensive programs to Butte’s children of all religious affiliations.

Butte Central Catholic School’s course of study is designed to provide an education that is both Christian and humanistic in its scope with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary for the successful completion of college.

Located at: 9 South Idaho, (406) 782-6761


The Butte Silver Bow Montessori School is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the whole child — pre-K through 12 years of age.  The broad variety of Montessori materials in the elementary classroom stimulates multi-sensory learning and independent thinking. The classroom community is a learning laboratory for the child’s responsible participation within a democratic society. Frequent field trips and interactions with people from throughout the community are part of the elementary experience.

Located at: 1800 Sunset Road, (406) 494-1033


Higher Education

Highlands College

Specializing in Associate Degrees and Certificate programs that provide students with the job skills needed to enter or re-enter the workforce quickly. Highlands College student enjoy the traditional college experience while earning a degree in half the time, and at a quarter of the cost, as a Bachelor Degree seeking student. Highlands College provides program opportunities in some of the fastest-growing fields in the country, including an Associate of Science degree that will prepare students to transfer into any Bachelor’s degree program in the state of Montana. At Highlands College, students graduate ready to enter the workforce with the knowledge and confidence to succeed.

25 Basin Creek Road
(406) 496-3711

Highlands offers the following programs:

The Associate of Science (AS) Degree is designed for students who are interested in transferring to a four-year degree program at Montana Tech or other university. The AS degree is a two-year (four semester) program. MORE INFO

Earn a one-year certificate of applied science (CAS) or two-year associate of applied science (AAS) degree in business and accounting fields.  Coursework may be applied toward a 4-year degree in Business at the North Campus. MORE INFO

Join one of the fastest-growing job fields by earning a two-year associate of applied science degree (AAS) or a certification program in health care. Highlands College is a proud participant in HealthCare Montana. MORE INFO

Gain essential knowledge and job skills in a one-year certificate of applied science (CAS) or two-year associate of applied science (AAS) degree in this rapidly growing field.  Coursework may be applied toward a 4-year degree in Network Technology at the North Campus. MORE INFO

Trades and Technical

With a variety of choices for students to study, the Trades and Technical department at Highlands College encompasses many hands on career options. Students of this department get the advantage of the integration of technology, communications, problem solving and technical skills. Skills learned here are sure to provide occupational growth and lifelong learning.

Certificate of Applied Science (CAS)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

A world renowned science and engineering school, MTech offers an array of engineering science and technology degrees as well as general education programs.  And, Montana Tech boasts a 98% placement rate.  The Princeton Review recently praised Montana Tech saying that the school was strongest in mining, petroleum, computer science and geology related areas, and that the business management program was growing in popularity.  In addition, Montana Tech offers PhD and Interdisciplinary programs on campus.

1300 West Park
(406) 496-178

Montana Tech offers a small college experience with a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, with about 3000 students, while offering more than 20 degree programs with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of fields including:

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Freshman Engineering Program

General Engineering

Geophysical Engineering

Geological Engineering

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

Mining Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene

Degree Programs

Biological Sciences

Business and Information Technology


Computer Science

General Science

Health Care Informatics

Liberal Studies

Mathematical Sciences

Network Technology


Technical Communication

Software Engineering


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