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Pryor Public Schools

The Montana Schools of Promise – School Improvement Grants Initiative is a partnership between schools, communities and the Office of Public Instruction to improve Montana’s most struggling schools. In communities across Montana, parents, families and caregivers share the hope that their children will graduate from high school and be prepared to go on to college or enter the workforce.

Pryor Schools Website

Pryor Public Schools are located on the Crow Indian Reservation, headquartered in Crow Agency; the largest reservation in Montana encompassing approximately 2.2 million acres. The area is named for Nathaniel Hale Pryor, a sergeant in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. While the Crow Nation has over 13,000 enrolled members, about 75 percent live on or near the reservation. The population in Pryor, was 618 at the 2010 census. The Crow acknowledge themselves to be "Apsáalooke," which means "children of the large-beaked bird" which was later misinterpreted as "Crow."

Chief Plenty Coups is a great historical figure for the area. As chief of the Crow Tribe he was part of the Battle of Little Bighorn and was also selected to represent the Crow Tribe in Washington D.C. while fighting for the right to keep Crow Nation lands for the Tribe instead of succumbing to the gold boom of the time. He left his home and land to be used as a park after his passing in 1932. Chief Plenty Coups said "Education is your greatest weapon. With education you are the white man's equal, without education you are his victim and so shall remain all of your lives."

Pryor Public Schools is home to the Plenty Coups Warriors and Superintendent Dan McGee. The school board chair is Roland PlainFeather.

School enrollment as of Fall 2013:

  • Pryor Elementary: 40
  • Pryor (7-8): 15
  • Plenty Coups High School: 49

Action Plan/Timeline

Superintendent Juneau iwth Pryor Student and Teacher
State Superintendent Denise Juneau with Pryor Student and Teacher

Each School Improvement Grant district was required to organize a team of staff, administration, school board members and students to develop a plan of improvement using designated funds. The plan design is used across all 50 states, but each team develops their own specific needs and how they will work toward an increase in student achievement and graduation.

Each identified district created a team of teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and students to create a District Action Plan (DAP). Based on the Federal Guidelines, teams analyzed data and created plans of improvement unique to their district and schools.

  • 2011 Tier I school's DAP
  • 2012 Tier I school's DAP