School Details

Flathead High School

644 4th Ave West, Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 751-3500

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1485 students 18 students/teacher (MT avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT)

In 2010-2011 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and grades 4, 8, and 10 in Science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Flathead High School average
  • Montana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Flathead High School is a public high school in Kalispell. 1,485 students attend Flathead High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 12% of the 1,485 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Flathead High School is 18:1. Glacier High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% 95%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Asian 0.7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is beyond excellence. Each and every day is a new opportunity to learn and achieve. The International Baccalaurette program pushes students capacities to the brink. The IB teachers have given my fellow peers and I the education necessary for life college and most importantly our dreams. The students are prepared and have become active thinkers about international and national issues. Students not taking the IB courses maybe the only ones not benefiting from this great opportunity. This is the only possible flaw from this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This high school has very low standards. Maybe I believe this because I am from a different state but looking at the homework my child has to do for her teachers I simply cannot believe this is a high school. Taking a half day once a month so the teachers can have a meeting is insane. Especially when you take into account the fact that many teachers try to get out of them as if they were high school students themselves. I am very concerned that my daughter is not going to have the oppertunities my oldest two had. She gets straight A's but after looking at her course work I still worry. Her most recent essay was a C+ at best. Yet her teacher rewarded her with an A. It seems all you have to do in this school is show up and hand in the work.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Flathead High School. This school is the only school in the Flathead Valley with the IB program. Flathead also has a variety of extracurricular activities. I did tennis this past year and am planning to do speech and debate. I am looking forward to school next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the best school i have ever went to where I live. The Teachers are awsome and the School has a Great Atmosphere and Enviroment and has lot of good kids at this school. Flathead also has a Really high school Spirit when it comes to sports most everybody has great sportmenship. The Teachers Make tought Subjects like Math and Science easier and help you reach your goal they also are always there when you need their help. they help you get the education u need and wont let you fail. The teachers aid are also reat and are always there for support and always take time to help you when you are haveing problems with a paper. All the teahcers and class aids are Spectacular. The school also has one of the best Administration in montana.

  • (6 years ago)

    Coming from California and being familiar with the school systems there I am so happy with our choice to move here for our daughters high school education. I have found the teachers and administration to be open to any questions or concerns I might have. Campus is clean and safe.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a retired Flathead High School teacher. Flathead is an excellent school that provides opportunities for all students academically as well as in the extra curricular activities. There are many classes available for students to prepare them for the job market if they do not want to further their education past high school. In addition FHS is in its 4th year as an International Baccalaureate school. Students can receive a full IB diploma. The number of students involved in the IB program continues to grow. The current principal is in his 2nd year and is doing a superb job of leading the school fully supporting all of the programs at FHS.

  • (7 years ago)

    FHS is a top performing school. Students are given every cnance to excell in a multitude of classes arranged around career clusters. My son has enjoyed participating in speech and debate as well as cross country running. He is very excited about the International Baccalaureate Programme. This school has been both a challenge and a welcoming place for my son.

  • (8 years ago)

    Flathead High School is a great school. I would recomend you to enroll your child there then any other High School in the Flathead Valley.

  • (9 years ago)

    FHS has a great variety of academic programs and cultural programs as well affording students a great education. Unfortunately administration tends to nurture the 'mainstream' kids who seem to fall within certain 'normal' guidelines. If your child happens to sport pink hair it doesn't matter much if their GPA is 4.0 -- administration tends to overlook bullying which is a huge issue at FHS.

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