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Fort Thomas Independent Schools, a recognized leader in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is the top-ranked district in Kentucky under the state’s assessment program. Additionally, the district is rated as a “District of Distinction” by the Kentucky Department of Education for the third consecutive year, and four of its five schools have been named as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The district includes Robert D. Johnson Elementary School, Ruth Moyer Elementary School, Samuel Woodfill Elementary School, Highlands Middle School and Highlands High School. Fort Thomas Independent Schools value rigorous curriculum standards, exceptional parental involvement and community support plus excellence in extracurricular activities.

Forbes.com named Fort Thomas Independent Schools as one of the top 25 public school districts in the country.

Link to article: http://www.greatschools.org/find-a-school/moving/slideshows/top-public-schools-100K-199K.gs?content=2337&page=3#slide

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Education Facts
Number of schools in the district
5 (1 high school; 1 middle school; 3 elementary schools)

Number of teachers:  191 (2015-16 data)

Percentage of teachers with master’s degree:  94% (2015-16 data)

Student to Teacher Ratio:  17:1 (2014-15 data)

District Enrollment:  3,026 (As of 1/24/2016)

Ethnicity of public school students: White – 92.19% Other - 7.81% (2015-16 data)

District's per Pupil Spending:  $9,081 (2014-15 data)

Length of school year:  188 days
(includes 5 days of professional development; 4 holidays; 2 planning days)

Attendance rate:  97.01% (2014-15 data)

Graduation rate:  97.6% (Class of 2015)

Percentage of Graduates to College:  98% (Class of 2015)

Number of Merit Finalists:  3 (Class of 2016)

Number of Advanced Placement classes offered:  24 (2015-16 data)

Advanced Placement Pass Rate: 69% (Class of 2015)

Percentage of Graduates Earning college credit: 60.3% (Class of 2015)

ACT Composite 2014-15
HHS – 24.0, KY – 20.0, National 21.0

SAT M/CR/W 2014-15
HHS – 656/638/645, KY – 587/588/574, National – 511/495/484

Number of gifted/talented children grades 4-12:  392 (2015-16 data)

Number of primary talent pool grades K-3: 86 (2015-16 data)

Number of Special Education children ages 6-21: 206 (2015-16 data)

Number of Tuition Students:  198 (As of 1/24/2016)

Tuition Rates for 2016-17
Grades 1-12: ADA contract = $2,400; No ADA contract = $4,900
Kindergarten: ADA contract = $1,200; No ADA contract = $2,450

Percentage of networked schools with Internet access:  100%

US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence
Highlands High School, 2007
Johnson Elementary, 1997 and 2014
Moyer Elementary, 2009
Woodfill Elementary, 2011