Rural schools serve students outside SD2

2014-08-09T00:00:00Z Rural schools serve students outside SD2 The Billings Gazette
August 09, 2014 12:00 am

Children whose families live outside the School District 2, Laurel and Lockwood boundaries, may attend one of several rural school districts, which are preparing to open for the 2014-15 academic year.

All students who are new to the districts are required to bring birth certificates and immunization records when registering.

Here are details about registration and the start of schools for some rural schools:

Blue Creek School

Blue Creek School, 3652 Blue Creek Road, will begin classes for kindergarten students on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Grades 1-6 begin school on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Parents of new students may contact the school at any time to register their children, although new students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Bring a birth certificate and immunization records for the student when registering.

Classes run from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. daily.

Hot lunch costs $2.25 for students and $2.90 for adults and includes milk. Additional milk is available for 35 cents.

Call 259-0653 or visit www.bluecreek.k12.mt.us for more information.


Canyon Creek School

Canyon Creek School, 3139 Duck Creek Road, serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 27, and classes are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Kindergarten is all day every day.

Milk costs 35 cents, and breakfast is $1.60 for all students. Lunch costs $2.15 for students in grades K-3 and $2.50 for students in grades 4-8.

Free busing is available for students in the district.

Call 656-4471 or visit www.canyoncreekschool.org for information.


Elder Grove School

Elder Grove School, 1532 S. 64th St. W., will open for fall classes on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

School begins at 8:05 a.m. Kindergarten through second grade dismiss at 2:15 p.m., and third through eighth grades dismiss at 3:01 p.m.

Call the school office to arrange a time for new student to register. New students must bring immunization records, birth certificate and proof of residence in the district when registering.

Bus service is free for children who live more than three miles from school.

For children living less than three miles from school, bus service will cost $130 per year for the first student, $100 for the second student and $70 for each additional student in a family.

Hot lunches cost $2.10, and additional milk is available for 40 cents. Breakfast costs $1.40.

Call 656-2893 or visit www.eldergrove.k12.mt.us for more information.


Elysian School

Elysian School, 6416 Elysian Road, serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

School begins on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Classes run from 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with an early dismissal at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.

New students may register any time before the first day of school.

Bus service will be offered at Elysian. Lunch, breakfast and extra milk will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 656-4101 or visit www.elysianschool.org.


Independent School

Independent School, 2907 Roundup Road, will register new students in kindergarten through sixth grade any time before the first day of school. Come to the school or call to set a time to register.

Classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The school day is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Monday to Thursday. On Friday, all students are dismissed at 2 p.m.

Hot lunches cost $2.35 for students, and milk is 30 cents. Supply lists are on the school's website.

Call 259-8109 for more information or visit www.independent.k12.mt.us.


Morin School

Students report to Morin School, 8824 Pryor Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

The school serves kindergarten through sixth grade, and class hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free busing is available for all students in the district.

Free lunch and breakfast are offered to all students.

For information, call 259-6093 or visit www.morin.k12.mt.us.


Pioneer School

The first day of classes for students at Pioneer School, 1937 Dover Road, is Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Classes run from 8:15 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., with early dismissal at 2:20 p.m. on Fridays.

The school does not offer daily hot lunch, but microwaves are available. The PTA offers two hot lunches monthly, and kids can order pizza slices on Fridays. Milk is offered for 25 cents.

Buses are available for all students, not just those living three miles or more from school.

For more information, call 373-5357 or visit www.pioneerschool.us.


Broadview classes resume Aug. 20

Students attending Broadview School District report to school on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Registration for new students will continue until school starts, but early registration is preferred.

The school day is from 8:15 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:15 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Fridays.

Lunch costs $1.75 for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, $2 for students in grades 7-12 and $2.50 for adults.

For more information, call 667-2337 or visit www.broadviewschools.org.


Custer school classes start on Aug. 18

Students attending Custer Public Schools begin classes on Monday, Aug. 18.

For registration, new students should bring birth certificates and immunization records.

Classes run from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The four-day school weeks may change periodically.

Hot lunches will be available for students and cost $2 for kindergarten through sixth grade and $2.50 for grades 7-12. Reduced-priced lunches are available for 40 cents for students. Extra milk costs 30 cents.

Bus service will be available on two routes.

For more information, call 406-856-4117 or visit www.custerschools.org.


Huntley Project schools open Aug. 26

Classes open Tuesday, Aug. 26, for all students in Huntley Project Schools, 1477 Ash St., Worden.

Registration for new students continues Tuesday, Aug. 12, through the start of classes.

The Huntley Project school day for all students is from 8:15 a.m. to 3:38 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with class times of 8:35 a.m. to 3:38 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8:15 a.m. to 2:33 p.m. on Fridays.

Lunch costs $2.25 for students in grades K-6 and $2.50 for students in grades 7-12. Extra milk costs 30 cents. Breakfast is also available.

For bus routes for the 2014-15 school year; see www.huntley.k12.mt.us for details.

For more information, call 967-2540.


Laurel students return to school on Aug. 21, 25

School begins Monday, Aug. 25, for students in Laurel Public Schools. Freshmen have orientation on Thursday, Aug. 21.

All new student registrations need to be done at the Laurel Public Schools Administration Office, 410 Colorado Ave. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call 628-8623 or go to laurel.k12.mt.us for more information.

Laurel High School is at 203 E. Eighth St. School hours are 8:20 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., with a 2:25 p.m. dismissal on Wednesdays.

Laurel Middle School is at 725 Washington. School hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., with an early dismissal at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Fred W. Graff Elementary for third- and fourth-graders is at 417 E. Sixth. Ave. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with an early dismissal on Wednesdays.

West Elementary for first- and second-graders is located at 502 Eighth Ave. Classes are from 8:25 a.m. to 3:05 p.m., with a Wednesday early dismissal.

South Elementary for kindergarten students is located at 606 S. Fifth. School runs from 8:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., with a Wednesday early dismissal time.

Hot lunch costs $2.75 for students in middle school and $2.50 for students in elementary school. High-school hot lunch costs $3, and a la carte items are available.

Breakfast is $1.50 for students. Milk costs 50 cents for students districtwide.

For more information, call 628-8623.


Lockwood school year starts Aug. 27

Students attending Lockwood Schools report for class on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Lockwood Schools, at 1932 U.S. Highway 87, serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Registration for new students is Wednesdays in the administration building.

School for students in kindergarten to second grade goes from 8 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Grades 3-8 have classes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lunch will cost $2.65 for students in grades K-5, $2.75 for students in grades 6-8 and $3.40 for adults. Breakfast costs $1.25 for students and $2 for adults. Extra milk will be available for 50 cents.

For more information, call 252-6022 or visit www.lockwoodschool.org.


Shepherd classes start Aug. 20, 21

In Shepherd, students in kindergarten through ninth grade and students new to the Shepherd school system report to class on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

School starts Thursday, Aug. 21, for 10th through 12th grades.

Registration is ongoing until school starts, but early registration is recommended.

School hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., except on Wednesdays and Fridays when classes end at 2:30 p.m. Kindergarten students attend classes all day.

Breakfast costs $1.50 for all students, and lunch is $2.75 for kindergarten through sixth grade and $3 for junior-high and high-school students.

For information about elementary school, call 373-5516; for junior high, 373-5873; and, for high school, 373-5300. Or visit www.shepherd.k12.mt.us.


Home schools parents must register their children

Parents, guardians and caretakers planning to home-school their child or children for the 2014-15 school year are required by law to register their children with the county superintendent of schools.

Notification must be in written form and submitted to Yellowstone County Superintendent of Schools; P.O. Box 35022; Billings, MT 59107.

If you have questions, contact the county superintendent of schools at 256-6933 or write to the address above.


Billings academy offers alternative

The Billings Educational Academy, 1212 Central Ave., is a small, private school offering abundant one-on-one teaching and a flexible learning structure.

Many of the students at the BEA have struggled in public school. The academy is in its 13th year, and its success, says the school's director, Margo Haak, has come with helping students determine how best they learn.

Community service is also part of the school's curriculum.

For information, call Haak at 248-4031 or visit www.billingsedacademy.com.

The academy follows the School District 2 calendar, and registration is taken throughout the year.


Catholic Schools class times set

Billings Catholic Schools offers high-school, elementary, kindergarten and preschool classes. School begins with a half-day for students on Monday, Aug. 25.

For information about registration, call the administration office at 252-0997.

Billings Central Catholic High

Central High, at 3 Broadwater Ave., has classes from 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. for ninth to 12th grades. The principal is Shel Hanser, and the school phone number is 245-6651.

Daily hot lunch costs $2.75 for students, 40 cents for students eligible for reduced-price meals and $3.50 for adults. A weekly student lunch plan costs $13.75 or $2 for reduced-price meals. And a 20-day plan is available for students for $55 or $8 for reduced-price lunches. Extra milk costs 60 cents.

St. Francis Primary preschool classes

St. Francis Primary, 511 Custer Ave., offers preschool.

A two-day program for 3-year-olds is available 8:25-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A three-day program for 4-year-olds meets 8:25-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And a five-day program for 4-year-olds operates 12:20-2:50 p.m. Monday-Friday.

A child must reach the age of the class requirement by Sept. 10 in order to enroll.

Before-school care is available for students in preschool through second grade from 6:45 to 7:50 a.m. After-school care includes snacks, indoor and outdoor recreation, crafts and quiet time from 2:50 to 5:30 p.m.

The school phone number is 254-7548.

St. Francis Primary elementary classes

St. Francis Primary also has classes for kindergarten through second grade at 511 Custer Ave.

Classes are 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Before-school and after-school care are available on the same schedule as that listed above for the preschool.

Lunch costs $2.60 for students, 40 cents for students eligible for reduced-price meals and $3.50 for adults. Students may buy a weekly lunch plan for $13 or $2 for reduced-priced meals, and 20-day student lunch plans are available for $52 or $8 for those on the reduced-price meal plan. Extra milk costs 60 cents.

The elementary principal is Debra Hayes, and the school phone number is 259-6421.

St. Francis Intermediate

The school, at 734 Yellowstone Ave., has classes from 8:10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Chris Read is the principal at the school, whose phone number is 656-2300.

The school serves grades 3-5.

Lunch costs $2.60 for students, 40 cents for students eligible for reduced-price meals and $3.50 for adults. Students may buy a weekly lunch plan for $13 or $2 for reduced-priced meals, and 20-day student lunch plans are available for $52 or $8 for those on the reduced-price meal plan. Extra milk costs 60 cents.

St. Francis Upper School

Classes at the school, 205 N. 32nd St., run 8:10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Jim Stanton is principal of the school, which serves sixth through eighth grades. The school phone number is 259-5037.

Daily lunch costs $2.75 for students, 40 cents for students eligible for reduced-price meals and $3.50 for adults. A weekly student lunch plan costs $13.75 or $2 for reduced-price meals. And a 20-day plan is available for students for $55 or $8 for reduced-price lunches. Extra milk costs 60 cents.

The Billings Catholic Schools website is www.billingscatholicschools.org.


Billings parochial schools offer classes

The Billings area has several schools that offer faith-based education for elementary students and some for preschool and high school.

Billings Christian School, at 4519 Grand Ave., begins classes on Monday, Aug. 25, for preschool through 12th grade.

Registration is ongoing, and some classes have waiting lists. Early enrollment is encouraged.

The school hours are 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with class times varying by grade.

The school is nondenominational and has hot lunch available for $2.50. Paul Waggoner is school principal. Call 656-9484 or visit www.billingschristianschool.org for more information.

Central Acres Christian School, at 3204 Broadwater Ave., provides classes for children in preschool and kindergarten through eighth grade.

The school, sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, is a Christian school for people of all faiths.

For registration, call the school from Aug. 18, through the start of school.

School begins Monday, Aug. 25, with classes from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The school does not have hot lunches, but children may use the refrigerator for milk or cold foods or a microwave to warm foods.

For information, call 652-2119 or 698-3511.

Mount Olive Lutheran School, 2336 St. Johns Ave., has preschool to eighth-grade classes.

The school year starts on Tuesday Sept. 2, for all students except preschoolers, who report to school on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Parents may register students at any time.

Preschool has classes from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or on Tuesday and Thursday. Other sessions are noon-2:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or on Tuesday and Thursday.

Kindergarten through eighth grade meet 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Classes are open to all faiths. No hot lunch is served.

For information, call 656-2635 or visit www.mountolive.com.

Trinity Lutheran School, at 2802 Belvedere Drive, begins fall classes for kindergartners through eighth-graders on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Preschool classes start Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 19. Richard Thomas is principal. Classes run from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot lunch is offered daily for $3.

Operated by Trinity Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the school also accepts children of other faiths.

For information, call 656-1021 or visit www.trinitybillings.org.

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