Montezuma Community School is located on a 35-acre campus on the north side of town. The K-12 district is all housed in one building. The District has recently completed a number of significant upgrades including a $6.7 million renovation of the entire facility (completed in 2014) and the addition of a new gymnasium and locker rooms in 2016, a $2.7 million investment. Student enrollment for PK-12th grade is approximately 500 students. That number includes students from the Montezuma area as well as students who have open-enrolled into the district.
The school has a voluntary preschool program designed for four-year-olds. There are two ½ day sessions with each session limited to 20 children. The preschool program has been a very positive addition to the Montezuma School District, allowing students to be more prepared for kindergarten.
The elementary school has a wide variety of programs for elementary students. The entire elementary uses “The Daily Five” for literacy development. Montezuma elementary is proud of the fact that student test scores have continually ranked above average. Students who need additional classroom support attend the reading and math lab, Title I program, or special education programs. Students attend general music classes two or three times during the week, and concerts are held twice a year for the public to attend. Groups also perform for the local nursing homes. Band lessons are started in fifth-grade. Library skills, art, and physical education classes are also scheduled for students during the week. The Talented & Gifted program begins in 4th grade. In 2015, Montezuma Elementary was recognized as a model professional learning community. The school was one of only 200 schools in the US and Canada to receive this designation.
Secondary students have a comprehensive range of classes to choose from. The strength of the high school is in the core academics - subjects of math, science, language arts and social studies. Montezuma also has a number of staff members who are certified to teach college-credit courses to students through the school’s Career Academy. Students have the opportunity to leave high school with numerous college credits
Montezuma High School has been awarded a Bronze rating by US News for academic performance. Montezuma was 1 of 104 schools in Iowa to receive the recognition, and only 1 of 2 schools in the immediate region. Students achieved a 96% success rating in math testing, and 88% success rating in reading scores.
The district offers more technology than ever and continues to keep up in the ever-changing world of technology at the same time. The building has a 200 MBPS Internet connection and has uninterrupted wireless connectivity. There are computer labs available in the elementary school, with 1:1 in-school usage for grades 2-5. Students in 6th-12th grade are provided their own device to use throughout the day. All classrooms are equipped with projection devices.
Montezuma continues providing successful experiences to our student-athletes each and every year. The Montezuma Braves and Bravettes enjoy the support of the entire community, competing in the South Iowa Cedar League and representing the school at state-level competition. Competitive athletic programs include football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, track and field, cross country, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, softball, golf and trap shooting. The district's coaching staff utilize athletics to instill the values of discipline, commitment, and teamwork in the athletes. The Braves and Bravettes have enjoyed much success over the past five years and look to continue that trend:
The 2019/20 Braves Boys Basketball had another tremendous year with a 25-3 season, a 15-0 SICL record and a second straight Conference Championship. It had been 29 years since the Braves had made it to the state tournament but now they have made it there in back-to-back seasons for Class 1A.
The 2019/20 Bravette Basketball team continued to excel. They finished with a 22-2 overall record, and 14-1 in the SICL, sharing conference championship and winning it outright in 2018. The Bravettes made it to the state tournament for the third straight season in Class 1A.
The women’s track program had a season to remember in 2019 finishing with 3rd place at the State meet, just one-point shy of being state champions. This follows another great 2018 year winning their First Girls’ Conference Championship in school history.
The 2019 Montezuma Cross Country team had an individual qualify for 2019 State Cross Country meet for the third straight season. The success was met on multiple levels for the boys’ and girls’ programs but was highlighted by the girls team winning the Conference meet for the first time in 20 years.
The Montezuma Shooting Sports Club had a stellar 2018 season. The SASP team earned fifteen 1st place finishes, fifteen 2nd place finishes, and twenty-two 3rd place finishes at the State Championship competition held in June in Ankeny. During regular season competition, the SCTP team earned thirty-six 1st place finishes, twenty-four 2nd place finishes, and twenty-six 3rd place finishes. The SCTP season ended with the State Championship competition held in mid-June in Cedar Falls where one of our athletes earned the title of State Champion in the rookie division.
The 2018 Bravette volleyball team had a season to remember with their impressive 30-6 record, tournament conference championship and Montezuma’s first ever state tournament appearance.
Montezuma Community Schools excels giving our students many various experiences throughout our activities. These include the "best high school band in the land", speech and drama, vocal music, and the Fall Musical. We consistently have one of the top FFA programs in the nation, right here in Montezuma. The local chapter consistently wins awards and honors on the state and national level. Students may choose to play an instrument in band, sing in the choir, participate in dance or cheer Montezuma athletic teams to victory. There are also numerous school clubs such as the Speech Club and Mat Club. Organizations include, FFA, the school yearbook, Junior High Mock Trial and National Honors Society. We also have two strong booster clubs that support our Montezuma students, Blue & White Athletic Boosters and Fine Arts Boosters. Additional Information regarding our school clubs, athletics and organizations can be found on the school website under Activities.