There is certainly power in numbers, but one single room is all you need for many elementary institutions across Montana. The Big Sky state has the most one-room schools in the nation.
Dan Rask, Executive Director of the Montana Small School Alliance, said one-room schools still exist in the 21st century because Montana has farm and ranch kids living far from town.
“I just don’t think it is in the cards to close those schools because they are too far to get to," Rask said.
“We have a law on the books that says you don’t transports students on a bus over one hour one way and that would pretty much why these schools have not closed," said Rask.
While state law makes them necessary, Rask says it's tightly knit community that makes them an enjoyable success.