Best high schools in Kentucky

Published 11:40 am Monday, November 1, 2021


Best high schools in Kentucky

As filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron said during a ’96 commencement address at Wellesley College, “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” If that’s the case, high school may be one of the greatest dress rehearsals of all.

It’s a place where students explore their interests, dive into extracurricular activities, finally get the freedom to choose their own classes, and prepare for college or the workplace. For many of these students and their families, public education is key: 48.1 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in 2020; and there are almost 24,000 public high schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

For many anxious parents, getting their kid into the best of these public high schools is of the utmost importance. Some families even move homes to get into better school districts. However, among all of these thousands of schools, a few stand out for their academic excellence, incredible track records, and the future success of their young students.

Find out how the best high schools in the state stack up against each other, 6 of the 10 schools in the list are private schools. Stacker compiled a list of the best high schools in Kentucky using rankings from Niche.

#10. Highlands High School (public)
– District: Fort Thomas Independent Schools, KY
– Enrollment: 1,028 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)

#9. Beechwood High School (public)
– District: Beechwood Independent Schools, KY
– Enrollment: 714 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)

#8. Covington Latin School (private)
– Location: Covington
– Enrollment: 205 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)

#7. St. Francis School (private)
– Location: Louisville
– Enrollment: 479 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)

#6. Walden School (private)
– Location: Louisville
– Enrollment: 276 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)

#5. Sayre School (private)
– Location: Lexington
– Enrollment: 610 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)

#4. The Gatton Academy (public)
– Location: Bowling Green
– Enrollment: 190 (student to teacher ratio not available)

#3. Louisville Collegiate School (private)
– Location: Louisville
– Enrollment: 743 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)

#2. Kentucky Country Day School (private)
– Location: Louisville
– Enrollment: 812 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)

#1. DuPont Manual High School (public)
– District: Jefferson County Public Schools, KY
– Enrollment: 1,887 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)

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