Hoping for more than the average high-school experience?

At Mount Ellis Academy you’ll find engaging classes, amazing outdoor experiences, and lifelong friends. Our school is located just outside of beautiful Bozeman, Montana. But don’t worry. Even if you’re not from here, you can be. Our students have the option to live on campus or off. And everyone gets the same opportunities to try everything: athletics, music, work experience, spiritual life, and more. Got questions? We’ve got answers.

Work experience is part of a well-rounded Mount Ellis Education and it helps prepare students for life beyond our campus.  Students have the opportunity to participate in our on-campus work program, which pairs them with jobs that teach important life skills, keeps campus operating smoothly, and helps them finance their education.  From jobs as teacher aides and custodial staff to cafeteria server, campus maintenance, and garden apprentices, students get a glimpse of the responsibilities in their future while fitting work into their class schedules.

Work Program

We cheer, we scream, we jump around.  We’re not ashamed to get a little loud. we are Eagles, after all.


So what exactly do Eagles do?  We play soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and more, depending on the year.  Some sports have organized teams, others are intramural or just for fun.  Our coaches run us hard at practices and help us focus for games.  We travel to tournaments, play local teams in our spacious gym, and take advantage of our big campus with sprawling fields and greenspace.  So put on your sneakers and get ready to sweat.


We believe in Jesus’ Great Commission – His directive for us to go out into the world and share the good news of Christianity.  And we take it literally. Mount Ellis students regularly get out into the community, state, country, and world to be Jesus’ hands and feet.  We’ve picked up trash to keep nature blooming, sat with elderly people and listened to their stories, prayed with neighbors, and taken our hearts and hands to countries including Peru, Kenya, and Mexico to build churches, run medical clinics, and minister to others.

Mission Trips

Like to hit life’s high notes?  So does our choir, select choir, orchestra, and bell choir.  Led by the dynamic and inspiring Mrs. Rogers, our music groups are known for bringing music to our campus, local churches, and on tour all across the great state of Montana and beyond.


What teenager wouldn’t want to live with all of their friends?  Here at Mount Ellis Academy, we make that a possibility. Our dormitories give you a chance to work on life skills and find a little independence while still in a caring, nurturing environment.

So what’s dorm life like?  Imagine a space of your own, a fun roommate, regular activities, structured study time to help you succeed at school, evening worships, movie nights, and caring deans that you can go to when you need help.

You don’t have to live in the dorm to attend Mount Ellis. But with a stepping stone to independence like this, why wouldn’t you?

Dorm Life

At MEA we believe that education shouldn’t be limited to the classroom.  That’s why we begin every school year with an adventure.

Float the Missouri River taking the same route as Lewis and Clark. Watch a moose wander across the trail.  Hike under the shadow of the granite spike that is the Gran Teton. Our students learn academic content in some of the most breathtaking classrooms in the United States:  Montana and Wyoming’s great outdoors.  

Spend your first week of school experiencing magnificent vistas, learning in a way that can’t be taught in a book, and forming amazing and lasting friendships.  Did we mention that you’ll have fun?  Have an adventure with us.

Outdoor Education

Mount Ellis is a Christian school, and we welcome students of all faiths. 

Most of our students come from a Seventh-day Adventist Christian background, but we’re focused on helping all our students explore more about God and discover what they believe and why they believe it.

How do our students experience God and find their place in the world? Try activities like spiritual retreats, weeks of prayer, daily chapels, weekly vespers and church services, religion classes, community service, mission trips near and far, participation in church services, sacred music performances, and more.

Spiritual Life

Great Teachers Make a Huge Impact

James Stuart

— Vice Principal for Academics, Science Teacher, and Yearbook.
James Stuart grew up in Walla Walla and spent his high school years at Walla Walla Valley Academy. After graduating, he attended Walla Walla University where he got his degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. Later on, he completed his masters in Science Education from Montana State University.

Where is Mount Ellis Academy?

We are located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. Get outside, learn new skills, and Discover God’s creation in a whole new way. We’ll hike together, ski together, canoe together and more. You won’t be bored, we promise.

Are you accredited?

Yes, we are fully accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools, the National Council for Private School Accreditation, and the Adventist Accrediting Association. All of our teachers are fully certificated and endorsed for their subjects. Mount Ellis credits are recognized and accepted by every university in the United States.

Does my child have to be a Seventh-day Adventist to enroll?

No, we are open to students of all faiths who want to benefit from and contribute to the mission of Mount Ellis (See Mission Statement on back page)

What if I get home sick?

While most students come to love the dormitory environment, it can be an adjustment. There are several things in place to make the school a home away from home. Every student is “adopted” into a faculty family. These family groups do outings together and provide a support structure for students. Dormitory deans also provide structure and support. Home leaves are scheduled at regular intervals to give students time at home with their families.

I’d like my child to come but I don’t think I can afford it.

Come and talk to us. Through student aid, scholarships, sponsors, and student labor, a number that looks daunting becomes very workable. Together we can make this happen.

Does your school offer services to students with learning differences?

Yes and no. The focus of our program is college preparation. As such, we are not geared for remediation or recovery of several grade levels of missing skills or content. However, some students with special needs have done well in our program due to the smaller class size, extra teacher attention, and our nurturing environment.

Is it really true that the school operates its own ski area?

Yes, it’s really true. Mount Ellis operates the Bear Canyon Ski area about 4 miles from campus. We have a t-bar lift, 3 runs, and lights for night skiing. To top it off we have a beautiful log ski lodge.