Whitefish School District
One reason that growing families choose to live in the Whitefish area is the quality educational experience that our local schools offer, from pre-school all the way through college. Perennially ranked among the top school districts in all of Montana, the Whitefish School District serves more than 1900 students enrolled at three centrally located facilities:
• Muldown Elementary School (K–4),
• Whitefish Middle School (5–8),
• Whitefish High School (9–12),
• Whitefish Independent High School, which provides a non-traditional setting for grades 10–12.
Whitefish Christian Academy educates children in Pre-K through the 10th grade. A classical Christian school, WCA achieves academic excellence in a fun, safe environment.
Whitefish students are expected to complete a rigorous academic program from kindergarten through grade 12. Major emphasis at the elementary level focuses on strong reading, language and math skills; the middle and high school programs add to that strong foundation a variety of fine arts programs, along with advanced placement classes in English, government, history, science, and mathematics.
The district’s online learning program is open to students beginning in the 9th grade, offering more than 300 courses to those interested in challenging themselves them with a diverse curriculum taught online by nationally known instructors. High school students also have the option of attending Flathead Valley Community College while still at WHS through dual credit courses and the Running Start program. Running Start gives eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a start on their college career by earning six free college credits. One advantage of small town life is that parents have plenty of opportunities to help improve the quality of their kids’ education, and that’s particularly true in Whitefish.
The Whitefish Education Foundation, Family Involvement Team, and Bulldog Boosters are among the strongest service organizations in town, and play an active and important role in assuring that Whitefish kids get the best possible education. The Whitefish Education Foundation is a community based non-profit organization established to maintain and enhance the educational opportunities, programs and standards of Whitefish Schools.
Flathead Valley Community College
Flathead Valley Community College is Montana’s largest two-year public college. The main campus is in Kalispell, a 15-minute drive south of Whitefish. The college offers outstanding academic programs taught by faculty members who have studied, taught and conducted research around the globe. FVCC offers Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees that satisfy the lower-division general education requirements at four-year institutions, and the college works with students to select the best classes to prepare them for a successful transfer to the college or university of their choice in any subject area.
FVCC also offers Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees and certificates in more than 40 career and technical fields, preparing students for employment in their chosen fields of study. The college works closely with local workforce and economic development agencies to offer training programs to meet the specific needs of Flathead Valley employers, from health care to advanced manufacturing, and geospatial technology to brewing science.
The Big Mountain Commercial Association is a non-profit public trade association that raises funds to pay for common services and programs.
These include funding for the S.N.O.W. Bus, a free shuttle service between Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort. The S.N.O.W. Bus has been a staple of our community for over 20 years.