The toe of my shoe lay on the front of the starting line. My knee was bent at a 45 degree angle, and I drew in a long deep breath. My head swiveled to face my competition. His eyes pointed at the finish line just 50 meters away, he barely moved in anticipation. My head quickly shifted back into position as I heard the countdown begin.

“Okay here we go, Three…” I shifted my shoe.

“Two…” My eyes narrowed, and my weight moved to the front of my body.

”One!” I took off, lunging forward with all of my strength. I gave all of my effort into my sprint. I felt good, the wind on my face, as it could not keep up with my speed. As I turn, I see my opponent, several paces ahead of me, dive for the finish line. Out of breath, he turns to me with a grin. I guess that’s what I get for taking on Mr. Stuart. 

It’s always a great time of year, when the students break out their athletic and competitive side for track and field day. This year we started things off with the mile run. Students started off with a quick pace, all in hopes of beating the person in front of them. From there, the students showed off their talents in the typical track and field day events. I look forward to this day every year because I am motivated to push myself and I am brought closer to my friends as I go head to head in friendly competition. I hope that everyone else had just as much fun as I did. 

~Tavi Stuart, Junior

Join us for our Spring Concerts! Our student musicians have been working hard to prepare for this special event.

The 2nd (annual?) ‘70s get-together happens on Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm, in the Alloway Dining Hall. Be there! Encourage classmates to join you. Catch up, visit, enjoy some snacks—to the background of ‘70s music.

Come out to support the Class of 2023 as they present their rendition of Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy/mystery “Arsenic and Old Lace”. It’s a classic whodunit that will leave you laughing in your seat. Show-times are Saturday night, March 11 at 7:30 and Wednesday night, March 15 at 7:00. Tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 for children (<12 years). You can purchase and/or reserve your tickets here:

Join us for Alumni Homecoming April 14-16, 2023!

Honor Classes: 1943, 1948, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2013, and 2023.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Gene Dotolo, ’73.

We are looking forward to having you return to campus! If you would like to reserve a room in our Guest Services Building, please contact Miriam Wright, Guest Services Director at 406.587.5178 ext 115. Rooms are limited so call to reserve your room today! Any questions regarding Alumni weekend, please contact Kebrina Vinglas at 406.587.5178 ext 105 or email Please check the website here to register and for any updates:

Join us this weekend for our annual Christmas Concerts! Friday evening’s program, I Wonder as I Wander, is sure to delight. Sabbath’s worship service will feature community and academy students performing the cantata Little Lion, Little Lamb, and Saturday night’s secular concert, Christmas is Coming will get you in the holiday spirit as close out the weekend. We are planning to livestream the programs, so watch for the links. #mtellisacademy #littlelionlittlelamb

Watch the livestreams for the different programs here:

Friday, December 16: I Wonder as I Wander 7:30 pm:

Friday Evening Sacred Concert: I Wonder as I Wander

Sabbath, December 17 Worship and Cantata: Little Lion, Little Lamb at 10:00 am

Sabbath Worship and Cantata

Saturday, December 17 Secular Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm

Secular Concert

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.

Attention all 7th-11th graders! You are invited to join us for Ski the Summit and Academy Days February 5-7, 2023. We are excited to combine two fun events into a 3 day experience. Pastor Douglas Elsey is returning as our special Guest Speaker, and we have lots of fun activities planned for those who don’t ski/snowboard. Come for Sunday’s Academy Days event and Bear Canyon, experience Bridger Bowl’s Cold Smoke and Big Sky’s epic runs, or if you’d rather not ski/board you can participate in the mini courses that we will be offering on campus. Whichever option you choose, you won’t regret adventuring with us! Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 18. Questions? Contact the school at 406.587.5178 or email

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