« Needy, Rural N.Y. Districts Fight For Funding Changes | Main | H.S. History Textbooks Increasingly Degrade Rural People, Life »

One-Room School Is One-Student School

Rural is synonymous with small, but what "small" means varies: In one rural swath of Montana, an entire school district enrolls just one student.

The New York Times ran an interesting feature story last month about Sunset School District 30, in Greenough, Mont., which has one teacher and one 11-year-old student.

Sunset is the smallest one-room school in Montana. The largest student enrollment at any of the state's 62 one-room schools is 18, according to the article.

Budget cuts and the pressure to consolidate means fewer and fewer of these kinds of schools exist today, so this article captured my attention from start to finish as it looked at how Sunset came to be and what it's like in the classroom on a daily basis (the school even has a Smartboard).

It's worth noting that many communities with shuttered one-room schools are making efforts to preserve those structures.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments