Adventure Awaits!

The Mount Ellis Class of 2025 invites you to an enchanting evening in the Jungle! There will be food, fun, games, and maybe a little monkey business at the Junior Benefit! The adventure will begin on March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Ellis Academy gym! Don’t forget to mark your calendars and prepare to have a roaring time!

Save time and purchase your tickets on pre-sale here:

Join us for Ski the Summit! Ski the Summit is a unique spiritual retreat offered by MEA 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. You will have the opportunity to experience academy life, meet students and staff, learn more about the programs offered at MEA, and grow closer to your peers and to Christ through daily worship and activities. This is an unforgettable experience that you don’t want to miss! We will also be offering mini-courses on Monday and Tuesday for those students who want to participate in Ski the Summit but do not want to ski/snowboard. Previous mini-courses have included cooking/baking, photography, art, and rock climbing.

There are a few changes to Ski the Summit this year. Bridger Bowl is requiring all participants to have a Bridger Bowl account and parents/participants will need to sign separate waivers for Bridger Bowl. This year’s pricing does NOT include Bridger Bowl lift ticket or equipment rental fees.

Registration fees include: Big Sky lift ticket (pending confirmation from Big Sky), insurance, activities, room and board (up to 3 nights stay on MEA campus).

Here’s how to register: Download the application packet here and drop it off in the front office at MEA, or email the completed registration forms to    

Payments can be made with cash/check, or credit cards.  Checks should be made out to Mt. Ellis Academy with Ski the Summit in the memo and either dropped off at MEA or mailed to Ski the Summit, Mount Ellis Academy 3641 Bozeman Trail Road, Bozeman, MT 59715.

You can also pay with a credit card here:

To sign up and purchase tickets with Bridger Bowl, please go to and create an account.  Tickets should be purchased online after January I8 and prior to January 26, 2024 so that Bridger Bowl has time to process our group’s request.  We will be skiing at Bridger Bowl on Monday, February 5.  If we have 20 or more adults (19-69) sign up, we will receive a discount code for adult tickets which we will send to you once we qualify so that you can apply it towards your ticket purchase.

If you would like to rent equipment for multiple days, we recommend that you check out Chalet Sports at or Round House Sports in Bozeman.  You can also rent equipment at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky, but we do not have equipment rentals at MEA available for Bear Canyon.

Questions?  Please call 587.5178 ext 105 for more information.

We have progress on the new faculty house!!  Bryce Rasmussen, Senior, has taken on the framing and general contracting of the house as his Senior Project.  He has already had several students volunteer to help and they can be seen in the above photo beginning the framing process.  It is not only heart-warming but also encouraging to see our students involved in this project as they give their own time and energy to build something that will last for future generations. If you would like to learn of ways that you can be involved in this project, please contact Kebrina Vinglas @ or 406-587-5178 or you can donate to the faculty house here:

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

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

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.