EDUCATION

Community-oriented schools form the core of Park County’s education system. Each school prides itself on close connections with its students and their families. Children in larger communities attend traditional-style school systems that feature elementary, middle, and high schools while those in the rural areas typically start at smaller schools and transition to the larger schools for later grades.

Park High School, the largest high school in Park County, recently completed a major, $15 million renovation project. The remodel included adding a new multipurpose space, improving science labs and vocational classrooms, and upgrading the track and field facility. Gardiner High School was ranked the #1 high school in Montana in 2017 and is currently undergoing certification to become the first LEED school in the state. Shields Valley High School is the smallest high school in the county, yet consistently provides high quality, personalized instruction to its student body.

Montana State University and Gallatin College in neighboring Gallatin County, plus Montana State University Billings in neighboring Yellowstone County, offer local students close-to-home options for pursuing higher education. The three colleges’ proximity also offer opportunities for adults seeking continuing education and workforce training.