Missoula County Public Schools

Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) operates an inclusive preschool for children ages 3-5 at Jefferson Early Learning Center. The program provides an early educational experience for preschool aged children with disabilities and their peers to learn together in a joyful, safe and nurturing environment. This site is centrally located, close to Southgate Mall, YMCA, UM and various schools. The preschool program offers child-centered, developmental classes designed for children with and without disabilities. All classes are taught by certified teachers with early childhood expertise.

MCPS’s mission is to provide a foundation for each child to become a lifelong learner, to prepare each child to become independent, to maximize school readiness and promote family involvement.

Who is served?

Jefferson Early Learning Program serves eligible children with disabilities ages 3-5 (who are not kindergarten age eligible) and a limited number of preschool age children without disabilities who reside within the boundaries of Missoula County Public Schools.

Early Childhood Screening

MCPS performs developmental screening at Jefferson School. The service is free of charge and screens children birth to age 5 for developmental progress in speech and language, vision, hearing, physical coordination, social and intellectual development.

Screenings are free to those children living within MCPS Elementary District boundaries. Please note that this screening does not determine kindergarten readiness. The screenings take about an hour. To learn more or schedule a screening, call Debbie Chilcote at 728-2400, ext. 1090.

Public Elementary Schools in Missoula County (outside of District 1)

Hellgate Elementary
2385 Flynn Lane, Missoula, MT 59808
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 721-2160
www.hellgate.k12.mt.us

Lolo
11395 Highway 93 South, Lolo, MT 59847
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 273-6141
www.lolo.k12.mt.us

Potomac
29750 Potomac Road, Bonner, MT 59823
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 244-5581
www.potomacschoolmontana.us

Bonner
9045 Mt Highway 200 E, Bonner, MT 59823
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 258-6151
www.bonner.k12.mt.us

Woodman
18470 Highway 12 West, Lolo, MT 59847
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 273-6770
www.woodmanschool.org

DeSmet
6355 Padre Lane, Missoula, MT 59808
Serves Pre-kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 549-4994
desmetpadres.org

Target Range
4095 South Avenue West, Missoula, MT 59804
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 549-9239
target.k12.mt.us

Sunset
344 Sunset Hill Road, Greenough, MT 59823
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 244-5542

Clinton
20397 E Mullan Rd, Clinton, MT 59825
Serves kindergarten through grade 8
(406) 825-3113
https://ces-csd32-mt.schoolloop.com/

Elementary Schools, District 1

Chief Charlo Elementary
5600 Longview, Missoula, MT 59803
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4005
www.mcpsmt.org/chiefcharlo

Cold Springs School
2625 Briggs, Missoula, MT 59803
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4010
mcpsmt.schoolwires.net/coldsprings

Franklin School
1901 S. 10th W., Missoula, MT 59801
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4020
www.mcpsmt.org/franklin

Hawthorne School
2835 S. Third W., Missoula, MT 59804
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4025
www.mcpsmt.org/hawthorne

Lewis and Clark Elementary
2901 Park, Missoula, MT 59801
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4035
www.mcpsmt.org/lewisclark

Lowell School
1200 Sherwood Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4040
www.mcpsmt.org/lowell

Paxson Elementary
101 Evans St., Missoula, MT 59801
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4055
www.mcpsmt.org/paxson

Rattlesnake School
1220 Pineview Dr., Missoula, MT 59802
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4050
www.mcpsmt.org/rattlesnake

Russell School
3216 Russell, Missoula, MT 59801
Serves kindergarten through grade 5
(406) 542-4080
www.mcpsmt.org/russell

Jefferson Center

1700 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801
Debbie Chilcote
406-728-2400 Ext. 1090
www.mcpsmt.org