One of our core missions at Mt. Ellis Academy is to help our students develop their God-given gifts. For some of our students, this means preparing them for the academic rigors of college, but that isn’t the case for all our students. With the major labor shortage around the country across all trades and the rising cost of college education, there is an increasing need to equip our young people with usable skills to enter the work force.  It is for this reason that we have taken the first step in developing our trade programs so that we can fulfill our mission to develop all our students’ God-given gifts so that they may be more prepared to charge into adulthood and serve in His Kingdom.

Mt. Ellis Academy (MEA) has launched its first cohort of HVAC training.  Today, there are less than 100 Certified Master HVAC Educators around the country, and MEA has partnered with Montana Trade School (MTS) to offer dual-learning opportunities for our students.  Program participants will work toward both their high school graduation and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification.  Students will learn advancements in technology to enhance HVAC training, skills, and marketability to employers. Upon completion of this 2-year program, students will receive EPA certification, enabling them to enter the workforce as a level 1 technician with a starting wage of $25-$30/hour.  

The Junior and Senior level course is taught by Framo Rimoni, an RSI HVAC/R graduate with over 31 years of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial HVAC service. He is assisted by Randy Wright, a licensed general contractor with over 35 years’ experience in the industry.  The six students in this first cohort (four boys and two girls) meet 4 afternoons/week on campus as they gain practical knowledge towards their certification.  

As we look to the future, we recognize the need to continue to offer a variety of training opportunities so that our students can be prepared to enter college, or if they choose, to further their training in a trade.  Some ideas that we are looking to develop in the future include auto mechanics, welding, plumbing, coding, electrical, and construction sciences.

MEA students cliff jump and play in the water in the Crazy Mountains. We like to get out and experience creation! Our weekends may include rest, but they also provide opportunities for adventure! #AdventureStartsHere

MEA students cliff jump and play in the water in the Crazy Mountains. We like to get out and experience creation! Our weekends may include rest, but they also provide opportunities for adventure! #AdventureStartsHere

April 14 and 15

Ditch the virtual life of the past 2 years and come to an honest-to-goodness reunion!  We are in need of in-person reconnections!  Join your classmates for ‘70s events Thursday and Friday before the official all-class Alumni Reunion.  

Thursday, the 14th, 7:30pm 70s Party 

Dress for it!  70s music (DJ’d by Bill Kirkpatrick), food, giveaways. 

Friday, the 15th, 10a-2pm Farmers’ Market BBQ-style lunch

Bring your creativity to display or sell:  photo albums of MEA days, artwork, pottery, photography, quilting/stitchery, woodworking, etc. 

LodgingOption 1: find lodging in Bozeman using any of the many options available to those who are connected to cyberspace. Option 2: Stay in the MEA Guest Dorm (aka old girls’ dorm). Call 406-219-8559 to check availability and make a reservation—$40 includes linens and towel. RV parking/Tents: Call 406-487-5178, ext 102 to make arrangements.

Meals — $7.50/meal

RSVP, pleaseFacebook Event: Click “going/maybe” to register your intent to attend [click on either category to see who has already RVSP’d]. If you are not on Facebook, please go to to RSVP. We need a head count for planning purposes. 

Additional Info:

All-class Alumni Reunion 2022 (April 15-17) — 

MEA Newsletter 

If your class hasn’t set up a formal method of communication or you don’t see someone’s name on the Facebook Event, contact them. Since Google knows everything about us, it’s not too difficult to find people. Try Whitepages.

Honor Years: 1932, 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2012, 2022

We are looking forward to hosting Alumni Weekend IN PERSON this year! After two years of being virtual due to the pandemic, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back onto campus. Alumni Weekend is April 15 and 16. To reserve a room in our Guest Services Building, please contact Darcy Peterson at 406-219-8559. Rooms are limited, so call to reserve your spot today! If you have any questions regarding alumni weekend, please contact or call 406-587-5178 ext 105. Stay tuned for an updated schedule of events for the weekend.

Ski the Summit is a unique spiritual retreat offered by Mount Ellis Academy for 7th – 11th grade students. Participants will spend three days skiing three different mountains – Bridger Bowl; Big Sky; and our own private slope, Bear Canyon Ski Area – while also having the opportunity to get closer to their peers and to Christ through daily worship and activities. This is an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss!

Dates: February 20-22, 2022


Prior to February 7

  • Students: $200
  • Sponsors: 165

After February 7

  • Students: $250
  • Sponsors: $215

*Price includes lift tickets, activities, room and board. Price does NOT include equipment rental fees.

Students not needing room and board:

  • Prior to February 7: $165
  • After February 7: $215

Download the registration packet to register and email completed packet by February 14 to Call 406-587-5178 with any questions.

***REGISTRATION DEADLINE February 14, 2022***

You are invited to join us for our Christmas concerts Friday and Saturday, December 17-18, 2021.

Friday evening, December 17, at 7:30 pm: Sacred concert, Child of Peace.

View the livestream here:

Join us Sabbath morning, December 18, at 10:30 a.m. for worship and our choral cantata.

View the livestream here:

Saturday evening’s secular concert can be viewed here at 7:30 pm: https://youtOPs8