How to Become a Teacher in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Education believes that every child should be proficient and prepared for success. With great support, becoming a teacher in Kentucky will prove to be one of the most rewarding decisions. Here are the steps to help you become an educator in Kentucky.

Choose What You Want to Teach

One of the first things you must do is decide which level or subject you want to teach. Do you want to work with young children in an elementary school? Do you prefer working with older children in high school? Perhaps you are more interested in special education. Before you become a teacher in Kentucky, it is important to think about what type of students and subject(s) you would like to teach, because each level requires different certification. The Kentucky Department of Education has information about teachers, students, and schools in the state, which can help you make your decision.

Complete Your Education Requirements for Teaching in Kentucky

As with other states, the basic education requirement to become a certified teacher in Kentucky is the possession of a Bachelor's Degree. Individuals will also need to complete a State Board-approved educator preparation program.

Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

Educator preparation programs prepare individuals to become professional teachers. These programs are usually a combination of college classes and fieldwork. The courses tend to focus on areas such as subject-based teaching methods, differentiated instructional strategies, multiple assessment measures, classroom management, and integration of technology. Fieldwork tends to be comprised of classroom observations, student teaching, or interning. The student teaching process allows pre-service teachers the opportunity to practice their craft in a real classroom. Students teaching usually lasts for a set amount of time under the guidance of a certificated teacher. Student teachers are usually responsible for planning and implementing lessons based on the needs of the students in the class.

A teacher preparation program is usually completed as part of a Bachelor's Degree program. However, if you decide to become a teacher after earning a Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field, you can most likely complete a post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program. Several institutions of higher education even offer joint Master's Degree and teacher preparation programs as well.

Teacher preparation programs can be completed online or at a campus, as long as it is approved by the state and accredited. For Kentucky, the accreditation organization is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

If you already have a Bachelor's Degree, you will most likely be able to complete a post-baccalaureate, or alternative, teacher preparation program.

Alternative Teacher Certification in Kentucky

There are alternative routes to teacher certification in Kentucky for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional work and/or educational experiences.

Kentucky Teacher Internship Program

Individuals may receive a Temporary Provisional Certificate if they meet certain criteria. This certificate allows candidates to teach in a school as they are completing a teacher preparation program. Individuals in this route should take part in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program. These individuals will be asked to complete all necessary requirements for earning certification within three years. Requirements for a temporary provisional certificate include a Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA or a graduate degree, qualifying scores on the GRE, passing scores on content area tests, and an offer for employment.

Pass the Required Tests for Kentucky

In Kentucky, the Praxis series of tests are used to assess the abilities of candidates who apply for teacher certification in the state.

Basic Skills Test

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test might be required before entering a teacher education program, but this varies by college or university. This test assesses a candidate in areas of general math, reading, and writing.

Subject Tests

Candidates pursuing the traditional Kentucky educator certificate route must complete the Praxis II exam for the area(s) they want to become certified in. This test measures general and subject specific teaching knowledge. In addition, the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test must be completed for the appropriate grade level.

If you you have an out-of-state teaching certificate and two years of teaching experience, you may be able to waive the testing requirement in Kentucky. Inquire with the Kentucky Department of Education if this situation applies to you.

Apply for your Kentucky Teacher Certification

Once applicants have completed all of the requirements as stipulated by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, applications should be completed and sent in to the Department. It is recommended to send applications in at least three months before the desired date of employment, because some months can be very busy. Like many other US states, Kentucky requires new teachers applying for Kentucky teachers licensing to submit a state and federal background check. All applicants must provide fingerprints through the Verified Credentials Online system before working with children in the state of Kentucky.

Submit the following with your application:

  • A completed teacher certification (TC-1) application form
  • Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate coursework
  • Passing scores for Praxis II Specialty Area test and the Principles of Learning and Teaching test
  • Verification of completion of Kentucky teachers certification program from accredited college or university
  • A non-refundable $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer"

Contact Information

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: (502) 564-5846

Find a Teaching Job in Kentucky

After your application is processed and accepted, you will be ready to begin you career as an educator in Kentucky. You will be prepared to bring about positive change in the lives of those you teach.

Teaching in Public Schools

Candidates applying for teaching jobs in the state of Kentucky can access the Kentucky Educator Placement Service Program (KEPS) through the Kentucky Department of Education website. Current needs are for elementary and middle school educators, as well as administrators and special education teachers.

Having obtained full time employment, Kentucky teachers are eligible to join the Kentucky Education Association for labor support, and the Kentucky Association of Professional Educators (KAPE). These were formed to support teachers in their networking and professional development endeavors.

KTRS (Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System)

Teachers retiring from a public education position are eligible to draw pension benefits through the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System (KTRS). Benefit amounts are based on length of service and final average salary.

Teaching in Private Schools

Many teachers consider employment within one of Kentucky's 386 private schools. With a ratio of 12:1, many teachers prefer this. Although private schools are not mandated by the state to hire only certified teachers, many still prefer it. Private schools may offer differing pay and benefits than their public school counterparts. However, moving to higher positions in the school may be more accessible in a private school.

Teacher Shortage in Kentucky by Subjects or Discipline (2014-2015)

The following list of teacher shortage areas in Kentucky has been obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) list for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Career and Technical Education
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Emotional-Behavior Disorder
  • Functional Mental Disorder
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Learning Behavior Disorder
  • Visually Impaired Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • General Science
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages

Number of Public School Teachers By Grade

The table below lists the number of public school teachers in Kentucky by grade level during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Teachers894
Kindergarten Teachers1,903
Elementary Teachers19,077
Middle & High School Teachers10,120
Ungraded Class Teachers10,776

Data obtained from the State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data 2013

Number of Private School Teachers By Grade

There are more than 300 private schools with an estimated 4,700 private school teachers in Kentucky. The table below details the number of teachers by grade level during the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Elementary School Teachers2,217
Middle & High School Teachers841
Combined K-12 School Teachers1,667

Data obtained from the Private School Universe Survey (PSS) 2012

Continue Your Education and Professional Development

Teachers pursue professional development from the time they are granted licensure until retirement. Ongoing professional development ensures that the nation's educators continually adapt to meet the needs of today's students and the career climate that those students will enter after graduation.

Professional Development in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky has mandated that all professional development opportunities be listed on the Effective Instructional Leadership Act database (EILA). EILA has criteria for accepting training providers that meet the professional development needs of teachers in the state. Teachers, administrators, and district personnel with questions are encouraged to visit the Professional Development homepage to touch base with accredited providers such as ACE Corp, Atlantic Research Partners, Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality, and Consortium on Reaching Excellence, Inc.

Employment and Teacher Salary in Kentucky

Teachers in Kentucky can expect to earn $35,166 annually during the first year of employment which is directly comparable to the annual personal per capita income. The state is actively recruiting teacher applicants to add to its preschool, elementary, and secondary workforce across 1,571 schools; teachers are advised to apply to districts with high enrolment numbers first such as Jefferson County Public Schools, Fayette County Public Schools, Boone County Schools, and Hardin County Schools.

Total Employed

19,920

Salary Range

$43,000 - $64,190

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $43,000 to $64,190 a year in Kentucky. There are around nineteen thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County4,890$55,300
Lexington, Fayette2,180$49,990
Bowling Green600$47,100
Owensboro530$49,430
Elizabethtown460$50,810

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

1,240

Salary Range

$41,210 - $87,600

English teachers have a salary range between $41,210 to $87,600 a year in Kentucky, with over 1,240 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County280-
Lexington, Fayette230$57,750
Bowling Green100$54,140

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

12,580

Salary Range

$43,590 - $70,190

As a high school teacher in Kentucky you can expect to make between $43,590 - $70,190. There are around twelve thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County3,730$55,980
Lexington, Fayette1,250$51,140
Bowling Green370$49,860
Elizabethtown320$54,060
Owensboro310$53,080

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

520

Salary Range

$49,850 - $100,500

In Kentucky, a history teacher's salary may range from $49,850 to $100,500. There are around 520 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Lexington, Fayette110-
Louisville, Jefferson County80-

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

1,810

Salary Range

$43,860 - $68,310

Kindergarten teachers in Kentucky, can earn between $43,860 to $68,310 a year. There are around a thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County610$56,590
Lexington, Fayette210$52,400
Owensboro60$49,670

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

43,670

Salary Range

$43,000 - $109,260

As a math teacher in Kentucky you can expect to make between $43,000 - $109,260. Kentucky is home to about forty thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County180$70,080
Lexington, Fayette170$74,940
Bowling Green70$69,740

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

1,990

Salary Range

$19,070 - $69,270

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $19,070 to $69,270 a year in Kentucky. Kentucky is home to about a thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County840$35,480
Lexington, Fayette480$48,720
Bowling Green80$43,730
Owensboro40$29,790

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

2,460

Salary Range

$24,170 - $56,920

In Kentucky, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $24,170 to $56,920, with over 2,460 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County650$38,930
Lexington, Fayette380$30,860
Bowling Green70$34,280
Elizabethtown50$36,930
Owensboro40$44,760

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

4,180

Salary Range

$32,090 - $109,490

As a school administrator in Kentucky you can expect to make between $32,090 - $109,490. Kentucky is home to about four thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County100$41,080
Lexington, Fayette40$37,840

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County1,050$91,820
Lexington, Fayette310$84,650
Elizabethtown100$82,930
Owensboro100$83,540
Bowling Green80$78,320

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

3,030

Salary Range

$40,760 - $77,590

School counselors in Kentucky, can earn between $40,760 to $77,590 a year, with over 3,030 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County850$59,550
Lexington, Fayette270$53,950
Bowling Green140$45,410
Elizabethtown110$57,890
Owensboro60$58,390

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

2,230

Salary Range

$46,520 - $74,010

School librarians have a salary range between $46,520 to $74,010 a year in Kentucky. Kentucky is home to about two thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County490$57,500
Lexington, Fayette300$58,530
Owensboro100$52,550
Bowling Green90$52,630
Elizabethtown50$56,080

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

7,160

Salary Range

$40,360 - $65,570

In Kentucky, a special education teacher's salary may range from $40,360 to $65,570. Kentucky is home to about seven thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County920$56,390
Lexington, Fayette310$50,480
Elizabethtown120$49,210
Owensboro100$49,100

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County490$54,190
Lexington, Fayette190$51,640
Elizabethtown60$49,380
Owensboro60$50,820

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County620$55,460
Lexington, Fayette200$52,590
Elizabethtown80$51,560
Owensboro80$50,250

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

100

Salary Range

$18,800 - $35,840

In Kentucky, a substitute teacher's salary may range from $18,800 to $35,840. Kentucky is home to about 100 substitute teachers. Read about what it takes to become a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County560$21,700

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Substitute Teachers (SOC Code: 25-3098)

Total Employed

17,700

Salary Range

$21,190 - $36,020

In Kentucky, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $21,190 to $36,020. There are around seventeen thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Louisville, Jefferson County4,430$28,650
Lexington, Fayette1,800$30,650
Elizabethtown600$25,240
Owensboro550$25,090
Bowling Green510$24,260

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Top School Districts Supporting Teachers in Kentucky

homepage_badge_topTeachers work hard every day and the more support they have the better they can succeed at inspiring our future. This is why Teacher.org has ranked school districts in Kentucky that excel in supporting teachers inside and outside of the classroom. 118 school districts in Kentucky were analyzed with the top 30 school districts being featured below. The school districts were scored on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers.

For more information on school district rankings, see our methodology page: http://www.teacher.org/school-district-ranking-methodology.

Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 88.12
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 100
% Proficiency Score: 95.78

Located in Western Kentucky, the Murray Independent School District is the centre of Calloway County. The district is comprised of 4 schools, ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio is at 15:3, with just over 100 teachers employed and just over 1500 students in the entire district. This district boasts various specialized classes to further its students' educations. Learn more by visiting the Murray Independent School District website at murray.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 67.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.69
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 80.45
% Proficiency Score: 70.93

Centred in Ashland, Kentucky, the Ashland Independent School District is comprised of a total of 9 schools, including pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school programs. The student population totals just over 3000 with approximately 200 teachers on staff. The student to teacher ratio stands at 16:1. The Ashland Independent School District plays a significant part of the important economic and medical centre that is the city of Ashland. Learn more by visiting the Ashland Independent School District website at ashland.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 50.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.18
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 71.65
% Proficiency Score: 68.04

The Monroe County School District is centred in Tomkinsville, Kentucky and is comprised of 6 schools, equipped to fill the needs of students from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. There are just over 120 teachers employed in the district and approximately 1900 students populate the 6 schools. The student to teacher ratio within the district is 15:1. "Every student, every minute, every day" is a common motto of this district. Learn more by visiting the Monroe County School District website at monroe.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 47.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.47
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.5
% Proficiency Score: 59.87

The Danville Independent School District encompasses 7 schools located within the city of Danville, in the heart of Kentucky. Just over 1800 students populate the district's schools and approximately 120 teachers lead the classrooms. There is a 15:1 student to teacher ratio present within this district. Technology, engineering, the arts, world languages, and forensics are specialized programs featured within the Danville County School District. Learn more by visiting the Danville Independent School District website at danvilleschools.net.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 42.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.8
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 67.99
% Proficiency Score: 72.34

With its central office located in Henderson, Kentucky and bordering West Kentucky and the Ohio River, Henderson County School District serves its region with 14 schools. The schools span from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. This district employs over 450 teachers in its classrooms with a student population of 7500. The student to teacher ratio is 16:1. Learn more by visiting the Henderson County School District website at henderson.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 300 Total Support Staff
  • 50.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.31
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 64.11
% Proficiency Score: 81.96

Bordering on the Ohio River and located in northern Kentucky, the Russell Independent School District is home to 5 schools with programming in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school. With the attendance of over 2000 students and the employment of over 100 teachers, the district has a student-teacher ratio of 17:3. "One student, one lesson, one day at a time" is a mission of this district. Learn more by visiting the Russell Independent School District website at russellind.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 57.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.02
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 63.08
% Proficiency Score: 84.91

Located 20 miles northeast of Louisville in central Kentucky, the Oldham County School District serves its community with 27 schools spanning from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. The number of students attending the district's schools is little over 12,000, with just over 700 teachers employed to instruct in the classrooms. The student to teacher ratio stands at around 16:8. The district is proud of its high-performance in academics. Learn more by visiting the Oldham County High School website at oldham.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 500 Total Support Staff
  • 59.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.16
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 64.55
% Proficiency Score: 78.42

Situated in West Kentucky and concentrated in the city of Owensboro, the Daviess County School District offers 22 schools for its communities' youth. The schools offer programming from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. There are over 11,000 students attending the district's schools with close to 700 teachers on staff, allowing for a 16:2 student to teacher ratio. "We have 'Great Expectations' for all" is a common motto of this district. Learn more by visiting the Daviess County Public Schools website at daviesskyschools.org.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 500 Total Support Staff
  • 55.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.06
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.25
% Proficiency Score: 59.71

Located in the central eastern portion of the state of Kentucky, Knott County School District operates a total of seven public schools from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. This district employs more than 150 teachers to instruct approximately 2,500 students. With a student to teacher ratio of 16:1, Knott County School District is committed to providing a high quality education to all of its students. Learn more by visiting the Knott County School District website at knott.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 42.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 94.97
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 57.09
% Proficiency Score: 66.95

Western Kentucky is home to Muhlenberg County and serving the county's educational needs, is the Muhlenberg County School District. With 12 schools at its service, this district offers programs from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. There are over 5000 students attending the schools, with close to 400 teachers on staff. The student-teacher ratio stands at 13:7. Learn more by visiting the Muhlenberg County School District website at muhlenbergcounty.ky.gov.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 47.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.5
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 60.61
% Proficiency Score: 77.48

The recently accredited Logan County School District, located in southern Kentucky, is home to a total of 7 schools to serve its community. The school programming ranges from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The student-teacher ratio stands at 16:3, with over 3500 students in attendance and over 200 teachers on staff in the classrooms. Learn more by visiting the Logan County School District website at logan.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 54.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.43
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 68.76
% Proficiency Score: 68.04

The Casey County School District is situated in central Kentucky, serving the communities of Casey County with 7 schools. From pre-kindergarten to grade 12, the schools include 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and one high school (which includes a technology centre). The student population totals over 2000 and there are over 150 teachers employed in this district. The student-teacher ratio stands at 15:4. Learn more by visiting the Casey County School District website at casey.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 47.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.22
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 78.38
% Proficiency Score: 65.09

Situated in southwest Kentucky, with its offices located in Elkton, the Todd County School District operates a total of 5 schools. The district's schools range from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12 and function under a 17:7 student to teacher ratio. Just over 2000 students attend the 5 schools, with over 100 teachers staffing the classrooms. The district boasts programming for its high school students to easily connect with post-secondary resources. Learn more by visiting the Todd County School District website at todd.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 45.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.29
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 58.79
% Proficiency Score: 81.88

Situated near the beautiful Kentucky Lake, the Marshall County School District strives to be a leader of excellence in education. This large district constitutes 12 schools, with a student to teacher ratio of 16:3. Close to 5000 students populate the district's schools with close to 300 teachers employed in the classrooms. This district covers the educational requirements for students in pre-kindergarten up until grade 12. Learn more by visiting the Marshall County School District website at edline.net.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 57.6 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.43
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 60.93
% Proficiency Score: 76.56

Larue County School District provides the educational needs to the entire County of Larue, including Hodgenville, White City, Buffalo, Tanner, and Magnolia, amongst others. The district is comprised of 5 schools, ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio is at 15:10, with 150 teachers employed to instruct in the classrooms. Approximately 2400 students attend the schools in this district. Learn more by visiting the Larue County School District website at larue.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 53.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.93
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 66.61
% Proficiency Score: 73.96

Located in the heart of Hardin County, north of the city of Beaumont, Elizabethtown Independent School District operates eight schools from grades PK to 12. To meet the educational demand of over 2,500 students, this school district employs more than 150 classroom?teachers. Elizabethtown Independent School District has high educational expectations and prides itself on helping their students move forward. Learn more by visiting the Elizabethtown Independent School District website at etown.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 52.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.5
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 60.74
% Proficiency Score: 71.85

Located in northeastern Kentucky and east of the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Johnson County School District fulfills its communities' educational needs with 12 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. With a student population of close to 4000 and 250 teachers on staff, the student to teacher ratio is 15:2. This district's mission is to help produce productive members of society. Learn more by visiting the Johnson County School District website at johnson.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 50.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 85.38
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 56.62
% Proficiency Score: 73.94

The Glasgow Independent School District serves the community of Barren County, which is located in southcentral Kentucky. This district operates a total of 7 schools, spanning from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. The student-teacher ratio stands at 13:6, with over 2000 students in attendance and close to 150 teachers providing instruction within this district. Safety, discipline, and a challenging educational environment are attributes of this district. Learn more by visiting the Glasgow Independent School District website at glasgow.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 51.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.27
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 80.97
% Proficiency Score: 53.38

Located in far East Kentucky, the Martin County School District serves the educational needs of its community with 8 schools reaching youth from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio stands at 15:1 with the schools staffed with 150 teachers. There are over 2000 students attending this district's schools. Learn more by visiting the Martin County School District website at martin.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 37.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 73.47
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 41.99
% Proficiency Score: 100

Situated at the northern tip of Kentucky and serving the city of Fort Thomas in Campbell County, the Fort Thomas Independent School District is comprised of a total of 5 schools with grades ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Close to 3000 students attend the schools, with over 150 teachers staffed in the classrooms. This district prides itself on fostering creativity, curiosity, and innovation. Learn more by visiting the Fort Thomas Independent School District website at fortthomas.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 70.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 89.82
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 58.52
% Proficiency Score: 66.87

Located south of the city of Owensboro, Kentucky, the Mclean County School District serves the communities of Mclean County with its 5 schools. The schools span from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. With a student to teacher ratio of 14:8, there are over 1500 students attending the schools and over 100 teachers employed in the classrooms. It is a mission of this district to best prepare students for college and careers. Learn more by visiting the Mclean County School District website at mclean.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 47.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 87.42
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 59.32
% Proficiency Score: 67.63

Located in southeast Kentucky and with offices in Williamsburg, the Whitley County School District serves its communities' with 10 schools, from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. Approximately 4500 students populate the schools with over 300 teachers employed in the classrooms. There is a 14:4 student-teacher ratio in this district. Local sites include the Daniel Boone National Forest and Cumberland Falls. Learn more by visiting the Whitley County Schools website at whitley.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 47.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.19
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 57.77
% Proficiency Score: 77.74

Serving the town of Murray and surrounding area in the southernmost part of the state of Kentucky, Calloway County School District operates a total of eight public schools. This district employs almost 200 teachers to instruct approximately 3,300 students from grades PK to 12. Calloway County School District makes it their mission to empower all students academically, socially, and personally. Learn more by visiting the Calloway County School District website at calloway.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 54.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 88.91
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 61.64
% Proficiency Score: 62.49

The Boyd County School District is situated in the eastern part of Kentucky and operates a total of 12 schools for its communities' educational needs. The district satisfies the educational requirements of its youth by providing schools spanning from pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. With close to 3500 students and 250 teachers, the student to teacher ratio stands at 13:9. Learn more by visiting the Boyd County School District website at boyd.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 44.1 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 90.2
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 47.83
% Proficiency Score: 74.96

The Fayette County School District operates in Fayette County, which happens to be the second largest county in Kentucky. There are 76 schools in this large district, including grades pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. There are over 39,000 students in attendance and over 2700 teachers employed in this district. The overall student-teacher ratio is 14:1. This district provides resources not only for its schools, but also for its communities. Learn more by visiting the Fayette County Public Schools website at fcps.net.

District Details
  • > 2,500 FTE Teachers
  • 25,000-50,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 52.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.07
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 67.21
% Proficiency Score: 65.6

Located east of Louisville in central Kentucky, Jessamine County Schools is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Employing?a teaching staff of over 500?to instruct?a student?population of approximately 8,100, this district operates 13 schools from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Jessamine County Schools prides themselves on motivating and challenging every child. Learn more by visiting the Jessamine County Schools website at jessamine.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 300 Total Support Staff
  • 46.1 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.7
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 70.52
% Proficiency Score: 64.76

Located in the southernmost part of the state of Kentucky, Wayne County School District operates?a total of eight public elementary, middle, and high schools. With a student population of over 3,400, this district employs approximately 200 teachers to maintain a 17:1 student to teacher ratio. Wayne County Schools arms students with the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for college or the workforce. Learn more by visiting the Wayne County School District website at wayne.k12.ms.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 45.6 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.7
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 54.8
% Proficiency Score: 71.66

Central Kentucky is home to Hart County and the Hart County School District. This district operates a total of 6 schools, including 5 elementary schools (pre-kindergarten-grade 8) and 1 high school (grades 8-12). Close to 2500 students attend the schools and 160 teachers instruct in the classrooms. The student-teacher ratio stands at 15:4. Learn more by visiting the Hart County School District website at hart.k12.ky.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 50.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.84
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 60.41
% Proficiency Score: 77.91

Situated in northern Kentucky, the Meade County School District meets the educational requirements of Meade County and its communities with 14 schools. The schools include grades pre-kindergarten up to grade 12. Over 5000 students are in attendance and close to 300 teachers are employed in the district's schools. The student-teacher ratio stands at 17:6. Programming in the district include many vocational courses such as welding, automotive technology, and carpentry. Learn more by visiting the Meade County School District website at meade.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 54.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.49
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 66.25
% Proficiency Score: 68.3

Bourbon County school district is located in central Kentucky, north of the city of Lexington. This district operates six public schools to meet the educational demand of approximately 3,000 students. Employing more than 170 teachers to maintain a 17:1 teacher to student ratio, Bourbon County School District is a district that is dedicated to the education of all its students. Learn more by visiting the Bourbon County School District website at bourbon.kyschools.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 47.9 Avg % Proficiency

Continued List of School Districts in Kentucky

RankingSchool DistrictSchoolsTeachersOverall Score
#31 Pulaski County High School (Kentucky)1546770.33
#32 Metcalfe County School District811470.16
#33 Campbell County Schools1229070.07
#34 Breckinridge County School District617070.04
#35 Clinton County School District511169.92
#36 Clark County School District1436569.7
#37 Union Community Unit School District 115915469.63
#38 Edmonson County School District612069.57
#39 Boyle County School District716969.56
#40 Boone County Schools241,21669.52
#41 Hancock County School District410569.2
#42 Clay County School District1125469.04
#43 Jackson County School District614868.97
#44 Letcher County School District1021368.97
#45 Woodford County School District823168.85
#46 Floyd County School District1840168.63
#47 Lincoln County School District1025368.63
#48 Green County School District411268.63
#49 Mayfield Independent School District311068.61
#50 Montgomery County Public Schools1231368.6
#51 Graves County School District1426968.57
#52 Rockcastle County School District618468.56
#53 Ohio County School District1024868.54
#54 Simpson County School District617768.49
#55 Hardin County Schools2988468.42
#56 Perry County School District1325768.34
#57 Owensboro Independent School District1231068.3
#58 Bowling Green Independent School District1125968.08
#59 Hopkins County Schools1846567.99
#60 Marion County School District819667.97
#61 Scott County High School1548567.89
#62 Powell County School District615267.88
#63 Carter County Schools1430467.59
#64 Barren County Schools1129267.47
#65 Corbin Independent School District1016867.41
#66 McCracken County High School1739367.37
#67 Lewis County School District714667.26
#68 Trigg County School District512867.21
#69 Jefferson County Public Schools1745,85367.11
#70 Grayson County School District826967.09
#71 Bardstown Independent School District615366.92
#72 Leslie County School District711066.63
#73 Carroll County School District612466.49
#74 Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District714866.47
#75 Morgan County School District811966.44
#76 Kenton County School District2583266.4
#77 Warren County Public Schools3288766.02
#78 Washington County School District510165.85
#79 Taylor County School District415465.73
#80 Anderson County School District822765.73
#81 Knox County Public Schools1232765.64
#82 Bell County School District918665.56
#83 Caldwell County School District411865.45
#84 Somerset Independent School District510365.42
#85 Spencer County School District715665.41
#86 Greenup County School District717665.13
#87 Madison County Schools (Kentucky)2264865.05
#88 Bullitt County Public Schools2575265.03
#89 Webster County School District613665.01
#90 Harlan County School District1125264.96
#91 Rowan County School District1418064.95
#92 Allen County School District518164.92
#93 Paducah Independent School District719064.82
#94 Mercer County School District818464.78
#95 Adair County School District716464.67
#96 Shelby County High School (Kentucky)1643164.5
#97 Russell County School District618764.37
#98 Fleming County School District614164.19
#99 Nelson County School District1125764.15
#100 Harrison County School District718363.97
#101 Mccreary County School District818663.79
#102 Lawrence County School District716763.78
#103 Mason County School District418463.73
#104 Garrard County School District516863.69
#105 Franklin County Public Schools1437363.6
#106 Covington Independent School District1127863.55
#107 Bath County School District513563.42
#108 Pendleton County School District414663.18
#109 Christian County School District2257462.86
#110 Breathitt County School District913262.63
#111 Laurel County Schools2153762.02
#112 Henry County School District613561.89
#113 Grant County School District722561.76
#114 Owen County School District410361.18
#115 Estill County School District515060.34
#116 Butler County School District612260.18
#117 Gallatin County School District510358.26
#118 Newport Independent School District514056.45

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey