Our success is public knowledge.
Parents know our schools focus on achievement.
We know parents have the right to expect extraordinary education for their children.
We have more than 97,000 students in 87 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 19 high schools, and 22 other learning centers.
Because we are a large school district, we're able to offer our students numerous educational opportunities, and we're able to supply the resources that support student success. Our annual budget is more than $573 million, and 95 percent of the money directly funds programs and schools.
Although we are a large school district, we offer educational programs that meet the individual needs of every student, including the academically gifted and those with special-education requirements.
One hundred percent of our 5,600 teachers are certified for the grades and subjects they teach. The teachers have an average of 12 years experience. Our student-teacher ratio is 17:1.
JCPS earns high marks on parent-satisfaction surveys year after year.
Oh, you should know one more thing: We spend a lot of time reading.
Expect the extraordinary
Test scores are up. Expectations are too. Our students are on the path to unprecedented achievement. The journey is led by highly skilled teachers who know Louisville parents have the right to expect extraordinary education for their children. Here's an overview of our achievements.
In 2004, 91 percent of elementary schools, 96 percent of middle schools, and 100 percent of JCPS high schools improved their scores on CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System) assessments. At each grade level, our students' gain was larger than the average gain of Kentucky schools overall.
Year after year, our students prove how much they've learned when they take the SATs and the ACTs, and when they qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. For example, 61 JCPS seniors were semifinalists in the 2005 National Merit Program. DuPont Manual High ranked number one in the state and 14th in the nation for having the most semifinalists in one school. Overall, the class of 2005 earned more than $75.5 million in scholarships to attend some of the best universities.
Like our students, JCPS teachers are recognized for their skills year after year. Here are just a few of the honors our teachers have received: the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Outstanding Elementary School Science Teacher Award, the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award, the Outstanding Vocational Teacher of the Year Award, and Disney Teacher of the Year honors.
Shawnee High School Magnet Career Academy was named the Outstanding Aviation Magnet in America.
More than 50 JCPS teachers have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Only one percent of all teachers in the United States pass this rigorous certification process.
Three high schools--Eastern, Male, and Manual--made Newsweek magazine’s 2005 list of America’s Best High Schools.
JCPS earned a 2004-05 Super System for Quality Schools designation for having all schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
JCPS was a national finalist for the 2003 Broad Prize for Urban Education. An independent panel of national education leaders analyzed the performance of more than 100 U.S. urban school districts and determined we were in the top five. The prize rewards public school systems that use creative, results-oriented approaches, and JCPS received $125,000 for student scholarships.
Of course, we enjoy national recognition, but local appreciation is even better. For the past several years, Jefferson County parents consistently have given JCPS high marks.
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