Tracking state required hours for


All students in grades 3-12 are required by the state of Montana to complete 1080 hours of education each year.  Students in grades 1-3 are required to have 720 hours. Kindergarten students are required to have 360 hours.


For full-time students (those with 6+ credits, except in the senior year), most hours are completed by coursework at EMERGE. The remaining hours are fulfilled through approved learning activities that EMERGE calls "Real Life Application" hours. These hours are fulfilled with approved educational activities based on each student's own unique interests.

The chart below shows an example of how students can meet their required hours.


Hours of part-time students are tracked by parents who are accountable to the office of public instruction.

6th-12th Grade

K-5th Grade