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School Hours

Classes for all grades begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday - Friday.
Monday Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. to allow for teacher meetings. 

Kindergarten classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Pre Kindergarten class meets every Tuesday and Thursday.

The length of the school year is determined by the number of instructional hours required by Montana law which, with the
school’s current schedule, is over the 1080 hours required by the law.

Kindergarten *8:00-3:05 (M-8:30,W,F)
Pre-K, Kinder Enrichment
(T,Th) 8:00-3:05
1st-2nd Grade *8:00-3:15
3rd-6th Grade *8:00-3:25
*Monday start time is 8:30 for all students


Secondary Schedule:

Period 1                      8:30-9:12
Period 2                      9:16-10:01
Period 3                      10:05-10:50
Period 4                      10:54-11:39
Lunch                          11:43-12:17
Period 5                      12:21-1:06
Period 6                      1:10-1:55
Period 7                      1:59-2:44
Period 8                      2:48-3:30

Tuesday - Friday
Period 0                     7:00-7:55
Period 1                     8:00–8:45
Period 2                     8:49–9:38
Period 3                     9:42–10:31
Period 4                     10:35–11:24
Lunch                          11:28–12:02
Period 5                     12:06–12:55
Period 6                     12:59–1:48
Period 7                     1:52–2:41
Period 8                     2:45–3:30

Secondary Early Release Period Schedule

  • Period 1 -        8:00 to 8:32
  • Period 2 -        8:36 to 9:08
  • Period 3 -        9:12 to 9:44
  • Period 4 -        9:48 to 10:20
  • Period 5 -        10:24 to 10:56
  • Period 6 -        11:00 to 11:32
  • Period 7 -        11:36 to 12:08

    Arrival and Dismissal
    Parents are responsible for the daily transportation of their children to and from school. Teachers
    arrive for school at 7:30 a.m. for prayer and to prepare for the day’s lessons. To safeguard
    teachers’ prayer and preparation time, students are not permitted to enter the building until 7:45am.

    Upon arriving at school, all students will enter through main school lobby doors and have their temperature taken. Once bell rings students may enter classroom doors through the indoor hallways.  Because there is no adult supervision in the morning, parents are
    requested to not drop off their children before 7:45am unless prior arrangements have been made.

    Dismissal at the end of the day is from each teacher’s classroom door. Teachers instruct their
    classes where they should wait outside for their rides. Students should stay with their classmates
    at their designated waiting area until their ride arrives, at which time they should enter the
    vehicle and remain in it until it leaves. Parents must notify the office whenever a student will
    ride home with someone other than his/her parent. Parents are requested to stop at the curb only
    to pick up or drop off children and to not park at the curb. To alleviate traffic congestion in the
    parking lot, class dismissal times are staggered by grade as follows: Pre- Kindergarten and Kindergarten: 3:05 P.M.;
    grades 1-2: 3:15 P.M.; grades 3-6: 3:25 P.M.; grades 7-12: 3:30 P.M.

    Parents should make every effort to pick up their children by their dismissal time. Heritage does
    not provide supervision for students waiting for rides and it is not appropriate for students to
    remain outside or in their teachers’ classrooms or the office after school hours. In the event that
    a student needs to stay later than 3:30, parents should make prior arrangements with the teacher.
    In such cases the student will be expected to stay in his/her classroom under the teacher’s
    supervision or in the office until the parent picks up the child. Students who participate in afterschool
    extracurricular activities are permitted to remain after school provided that they are under
    the supervision of a teacher or staff member in the office or his/her classroom.