Lewistown is family friendly, a great place for children and families!

From the excellent prenatal and obstetric care offered at offered at Centra Montana Medical Center to the strength of our local school system, Lewistown is a community where childhood is highly valued.

Families in need of child care need only look as far as the local HRDC office for information and referrals to the wide variety of child care facilities available in this area. An assortment of preschool programs are available, as well, providing a great start for a young child’s development and education.

Once children hit school age, Lewistown really shines. Lewistown Public Schools are some of the best in the state and consistently stand out when compared on the state and national level. A well-rounded curriculum, combined with an abundance of extracurricular offerings, provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences for youngsters as they make their first steps into the world.

In standardized achievement tests, our students consistently perform well above state and national levels. It isn’t unusual to see local athletes competing in state tournaments. Many take advantage of the variety of activities offered emphasizing music and the other fine arts, as well as vocational programs such as FFA, FHA and others.

Lewistown boasts an excellent teaching staff consisting of over 100 teachers, approximately two-thirds of which have attained master’s degrees in their field. And the community plays a significant role in the succuss of the school, as well, through its generous support.

All in all, Lewistown is fertile ground for students of all ages anxious to explore the world and develop their talents and skills.

It’s never too late!

For those older students seeking to expand their knowledge base, brush up job skills, work toward a degree or prepare for their GED, Lewistown’s Community Education program is available to assist with those efforts.

The Community Education office provides a wide variety of course work for the adults of Central Montana.

Each year, the Lewistown School District offers a comprehensive program of educational, social, recreational and cultural opportunities for adults aged 16 and older. Course work ranges from business and computers to health, sports and firness, to landscaping, cooking, creative writing, historic tours and much more!

The Adult Basic Education program provides free individualized instruction for those needing help in basic academic subjects, job skills, basic computer skills or GED preparation. These classes are available year round and the GED exam is offered once each month during the school year.

Central Montana Education Center

In conjunction with Educational Opportunities for Central Montana (EOCM), college courses are offered locally from MSU-Northern. Course work includes general education core classes needed for any degree program, an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, an Associate of Arts degree which is transferable to any Montana college, computer technology coursework, continuing education and Master’s level courses for teachers, and more.

Admission and registration for the college program takes place at the Central Montana Education Center office, located at 773 Airport Road in Lewistown, phone (406) 535.5577. Office hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., weekdays.

First Things First

Need to get a student enrolled in public school? The following information should help you get started:

The Lewistown Public School system consists of one high school, one junior high and three elementary schools.
Children must be five years of age by September 10 to enroll in kindergarten for that school year.
Junior high (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students should call or visit the office of their school to arrange an appointment to review thier records and schedule classes.
Students transferring into the Lewistown School System will need to provide immunization records and student records from previous schools.
For more information about enrolling a student, call (406) 535.8777 ext. 116.

Lewistown Public Schools:

Fergus High School, 201 Casino Creek Drive, (406) 535-2321, Jerry Feller, principal
Lewistown Junior High School (grades 7-8), 914 W. Main, (406) 535-5419, Tim Majerus, principal.
Lewis & Clark Elementary (grades 5-6), 212 Crystal Drive, (406) 535-2311, Michelle Trafton, principal.
Garfield Elementary (grades 3-4), 415 E. Boulevard, (406) 535-2366, Matt Ventresca, principal.
Highand Park Elementary (grades k-2), 1312 Seventh Ave. N., (406) 535-2555, Matt Lewis, principal.
Administative offices, Lincoln Building, 215 Seventh Ave. S., (406) 535-8777, Jason Butcher, superintendent.

Preschools/ Child Care:

Boys and Girls Club, 134 Park St., (406) 535-2257
Central Montana Head Start, 25 Meadowlark Lane, (406) 535-7751
Small Wonder Child Care, 512 W. Broadway, (406) 538-8936

Youth and education organizations:

Fergus/Petroleum County 4-H Program, Fifteen total clubs are located in the two counties, six of them based in Lewistown. Cloverbuds are six to eight year olds. Members are nine through high school seniors. Adult volunteer leaders are always welcome and needed. To join 4-H contact the Fergus County Extension Office at (406) 535-3919 or stop in - they are behind the Court House on Main St. in Lewistown. For more information see their website.

Boy Scouts of America, Local troops are active. For current Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts information contact the Lewis and Clark District in Great Falls at (406) 761-6000.

Girl Scouts, Big Sky Council, (800) 823.4475.

K-M Scout Ranch, (406) 538-3791. Consists of 500 donated acres belonging to Boy Scouts of America used by Scouts for camping.

Fergus Eagle Boosters, (406) 535-2321. Raises money to enhance the quality of the experience that the athletes encounter at Fergus High Schol at the varsity level of athletics.