Schools and Districts in Kentucky

Explore 1,553 schools and 186 school districts that serves 673,437 students with 41,314 teachers in Kentucky.


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Students to Teacher Ratio

Kentucky Schools

There are 1,553 public schools in Kentucky distributed in 186 school districts. A total of 673,437 students attend Kentucky schools and 41,314 teachers work for the schools.

By school level, there are 724 elementary, 220 middle, 442 high schools, and 167 other type of schools (eg. ungraded, adult education, etc.,).

In addition, 269 private schools are serving students in Kentucky.

Kentucky Public Schools By Levels and Categories
Number of District186 districts
Total Number of Public Schools1,553 schools
By Level
Elementary724 schools / 325,071 students
Middle220 schools / 130,810 students
High442 schools / 184,074 students
(Ungraded, Adult Education, other)
167 schools
By Category
Traditional1,342 schools
Charter0 schools
Magnet79 schools
Special Education0 schools
Alternative132 schools

Kentucky School Districts

In Kentucky, 186 school districts are serving their students in 1,553 schools. Jefferson County School District is the largest district with 172 schools and 98,776 students.

3332 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY

PK-12 Offered
172 Schools
98,776 Students
16 Students per teacher

701 East Main Street, Lexington, KY

PK-12 Offered
79 Schools
41,669 Students
18 Students per teacher

8330 US 42, Florence, KY

PK-12 Offered
25 Schools
20,427 Students
15 Students per teacher

303 Lovers Ln, Bowling Green, KY

PK-12 Offered
34 Schools
15,825 Students
17 Students per teacher

65 W A Jenkins Rd, Elizabethtown, KY

PK-12 Offered
27 Schools
14,497 Students
17 Students per teacher

Student Population

A total of 658,154 students are attending Kentucky schools. By gender, there are 339,393 (51.6%) male and 318,761 (51.6%) female students in KY schools.

By race/ethnicity, 516,028 White (78.4%), 71,491 Black (10.9%), and 12,130 Asian (1.8%) students are attending Kentucky schools.

Performance in Math and Reading

In 2019, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered the math and reading assessment to representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade students in the nation, states, and other participating large urban districts. According to the report, 81 percent of students in fourth grade and 67 percent of students in eighth grade scored at or above the NAEP basic in Math. For reading assessment, 67 percent of students in fourth grade and 73 percent of students in eighth grade scored at or above basic score.

You can read more about the assessment at NAEP report card website for Math and Reading.

4th Grade8th Grade
At or Above NAEP BasicAt or Above NAEP ProficientAt or Above NAEP BasicAt or Above NAEP Proficient
Math81%40% 67%29%
Reading67%35% 73%33%

Advanced Placement Programs

In Kentucky schools, total 42,995 students are enrolled in at least one (1) AP programs. 1,951 students are enrolled in International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and 71,737 students are participating the SAT and/or ACT test program.

Number of Students EnrolledPercent Enrolled
Advanced Placement Programs42,995
Advanced Placement Math7,892
Advanced Placement Science9,304
Advanced Placement Other programs37,311
International BS program1,951
SAT/ACT Participation71,737

Teachers & Staffs

Total 41,314 full-time (or equivalent) teachers work for schools in Kentucky and the students to teacher ratio is 16 to 1. 99.4% of teachers are certified. 88.0% of teachers have 3 or more years teaching experiences.

Total FTE of Teachers41,314Students per teacher: 16 to 1
Teachers who are certified41,07099.4%
Teachers who are not certified2440.6%
Teachers in their first year of teaching2,6916.5%
Teachers in their second year of teaching2,2755.5%
School counselors1,586Students per counselor: 425 to 1
Law Enforcement Officer396-
Security guards168-
Social workers242-

Public Schools in Kentucky

In Kentucky, 1,553 public schools are serving 673,437 students. The next lists are showing schools by offering level.

Private Schools in Kentucky

269 private schools are serving students in Kentucky. The next lists are showing the private schools by offering level.

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