Award Year: 2022

Monforton Elementary School

6001 Monforton School Road
Bozeman, MT, 59718-8136

(406) 586-1557

Ms. Laura Axtman, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Monforton School District

School Website


Monforton School is a nurturing, student-centered community where all are encouraged to believe in themselves as they are actively immersed in the process of learning in a safe, respectful environment.

Student Demographics
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Monforton Elementary in Bozeman, Montana

Monforton Elementary in Bozeman, Montana

Monforton Elementary began as a one-room schoolhouse in 1886 for farming families living outside of the city of Bozeman. The elementary district covers a small area of roughly 15-square miles. For many years student populations remained low compared to surrounding districts. Over the past ten years Monforton District has experienced 126 percent growth. Even with a massive percentage of growth, Monforton Elementary does its best to remain the heart of the community rich in history and tradition. As a community we honor our past by maintaining true to a small school atmosphere that embraces each student as an individual and creates a learning environment that strives to meet every child's educational needs.

As our population becomes more diverse we continue to build a culture that supports student learning opportunities, tolerance, and appreciation for one another. Monforton holds students to a high standard and lives with the belief that all children can find the leader within themselves. We promote leadership across campus by teaching how to be a ROAR Leader and live the ROAR Way- Responsible, Organized, positive Attitude, and Respectful to establish school-wide expectations. Monforton educators work daily to ensure all children are benchmark assessed and supported through our Student Support Teams as we meet the needs of each unique learner. Teachers rely on differentiation, intervention, and acceleration to meet the needs of students.