Best in Class
Sheridan County’s three public school districts are among the highest achievers in Wyoming. The county is also home to two private schools and our truly exceptional Sheridan College.
Sheridan County School District #1
Sheridan County School District #1 contains 932 square miles and educates over 900 students from the communities of Big Horn, Dayton, Parkman, and Ranchester. The district has an elementary school, middle school, and high school – all on one campus – Big Horn, and an elementary school, middle school, and high school in the Dayton/Parkman/Ranchester area. The Wyoming/Montana state line is the district’s northern boundary. District #1 operates on a four-days-a-week schedule, still continued from the days when the kids needed more time to help out on their family ranch.
Big Horn High School was named as one of U.S. News & World Report’s top-performing schools in 2012 – receiving one of the national news magazine’s bronze medal awards, coming in third among Wyoming high schools. Last year Big Horn High School was recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as one of 233 Blue Ribbon schools across the nation. (BHHS became the first Wyoming school since 1992 to receive this distinction.)
Marty Kobza, Superintendent
Sheridan County School District #2
Sheridan County School District #2 serves the Sheridan city rea, along with a rural elementary school located in Story. The district has six elementary schools (K-5), two junior high schools (grades 6-8), and two high schools (grades 9-12), with an enrollment of over 3,100 students. Like the other districts, District #2 offers a strong college-preparatory education as well as vocational curriculum, setting high standards for all students.
Sheridan High School was named one of the nation’s top high schools by Newsweek in 2013 – the only high school in Wyoming that made the list. Students consistently score on the statewide Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) evaluation tests. District #2 is also especially known for its top-quality music program.
Eleven Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at Sheridan High School, enabling students to receive college credits and/or placement at over 2,000 colleges nationwide while receiving credit towards high school graduation. There are also services for special education, Title 1, and gifted students.
And the School District is also rather proud of the fact that the Lady Broncs were Wyoming State Volleyball Champions (Class 4A) for the 2011-12 school year and the Broncs were Wyoming State Football Champions (Class 4A)!
Craig Dougherty, Superintendent
Sheridan County School District #3
Sheridan County School District #3 covers the eastern quarter of Sheridan County, approximately 1,200 square miles. The largest community in the district is Clearmont, situated about 40 miles from the county seat in Sheridan. The two elementary schools are located in Arvada and Clearmont, and the junior/senior high school is in Clearmont, altogether serving about 100 students.
The district is small (the 2nd smallest in the state) and relatively isolated, but the school board, administration, staff, and community make an exceptional effort to provide an outstanding educational program and to see that students are afforded similar opportunities to those offered to children in larger districts. Like our other rural school district (District #1), District #3 operates on a four-days-a-week schedule.
Charles Auzqui, Superintendent
Sheridan County is home to two parochial schools, Holy Name Catholic School and Martin Luther Grammar School. There are also a significant number of Sheridan County students receiving home school education.
Holy Name Catholic School
Martin Luther Grammar School
Located less than a mile south of Sheridan, Sheridan College offers the best of all worlds – challenging classes, a friendly campus environment including residential living, activities and clubs, and state-of-the-art technology. Founded in 1948, Sheridan College serves a tri-county area consisting of Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan Counties. The 120-acre main campus in Sheridan is noted for its park-like setting and panoramic view of the mountains. The College also serves students through its Gillette campus and through outreach programs in Buffalo, Kaycee and Wright, as well as at the Spear-O-Wigwam campus in the mountains and through online courses.
With college-wide enrollment of approximately 3,000 students per semester, Sheridan College offers associate degrees, certificates of completion, and short-term progrms. From transfer degrees and technical programs to personal development and customized training. Sheridan College offers something for everyone. Students even have the option of pursuing higher degrees including Bachelor’s and Master’s through agreements with other colleges and universities.
Dr. Paul Young, President
The University of Wyoming maintains a regional office on the Sheridan College campus and offers a variety of upper-level classes and Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs locally.
Special thanks to Journal Communications, provider of the Chamber’s Images Sheridan County magazine, for their contribution to this summary.