First-of-its-kind in Billings Pre-K to Grade 12 School to offer STEM Curriculum

Billings Area Highlights

Fortis Academy, now in it’s sixth year, is not only expanding into it’s new facility at the Sylvan Learning Center at 2103 Central Ave., for the 2019-2020 school year, it is also offering the first STEM based curriculum for local Billings’ students. Fortis Academy, a private, non-profit school will offer hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and will be the first educational facility in Billings to do so. Fortis Board Member Ala’ Abdel-Ghafour is excited to help guide Fortis Academy in offering a unique and refreshing take on education in Billings. “This community needs well educated kids who can be part of the local workforce in technical positions. These are higher on average paying positions and Fortis hopes to prepare our kids for the future.”

Local refineries, architectural firms, hospitals, mining corporations and aviation are just a few local industries who will need a talented STEM based Billings workforce.

STEM education focuses on a practical, interdisciplinary approach to teaching these subjects for application in the real world that keep students interested and engaged. The U.S. is behind in these fields and many industries are desperate to find qualified applicants to hire for higher wages. STEM camps and educational opportunities are popping up across the country but Fortis will be the first Billings school to implement STEM as part of the weekly curriculum.

“Billings suffers from a limited amount of educational choices for our kids,” says Fortis parent, Ryan Johnson. “Fortis gives parents an opportunity to step away from the public school system and not be beholden to the waiting lists of local, private religious-based institutions.” Fortis Academy’s unique setting has allowed my child to not only thrive and get a step ahead but to love learning every day.”

Fortis Academy is the first private school in Billings to be open to all faiths and committed to academics, leadership training and character development as part of it’s mission.

Fortis Academy is now enrolling students from Pre-K to Grade 12 and is slated to start its first day, Monday, September 3, 2019.

For more information contact Ryan Johnson at 406-850-0774 or email or learn more about Fortis at

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