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2023 Best High Schools in Kentucky

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What High School Paths Does Kentucky Provide?

Kentucky represents the exact median in terms of the quantity of high schools in a typical state, with 486 total. It ranks 29th in the nation for per capita high schools, with just a 2% difference from the average state, meaning there are plenty of options for students. The average grade of high schools in the state is a B–, which is in line with the national average.

Of the 486 high schools in the state, 338 are public schools, representing 70% of the total number. The majority of those (97%) are traditional public schools, with 329 in total. Out of those, 41% sit above the national average. It's worth noting that in Kentucky there are no charter schools, which ranks it in the 44th spot nationally.

On the other hand, there are 9 magnet schools and 114 private schools, representing 23% of all high schools. The median grade of these private schools is a B+, with 55% of them exceeding the national average. The majority of private schools are religiously affiliated, with 86% of them falling into this category—the most common type of religious school being Christian with 79 schools. Kentucky ranks 14th nationally for religious schools per capita.

In addition, Kentucky also has 13 all-boys schools and 10 all-girls schools. Both of these figures mark a significant increase from the average state, 75% and 147% respectively. They also have 11 online schools, 58% more than the typical state (after adjusting for population size). The online schools represent just 2% of the total, however.

Top 25 Best High Schools in Kentucky

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#1 Best High School in Kentucky

DuPont Manual High School

Louisville, KY

magnet

School Status

1,929

Students

18:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#2 Best High School in Kentucky

Kentucky Country Day School

Louisville, KY

private

School Status

817

Students

9:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#3 Best High School in Kentucky

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science

Bowling Green, KY

public

School Status

190

Students

null:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

#4 Best High School in Kentucky

Louisville Collegiate School

Louisville, KY

private

School Status

776

Students

10:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#5 Best High School in Kentucky

Sayre School

Lexington, KY

private

School Status

610

Students

11:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#6 Best High School in Kentucky

Walden School

Louisville, KY

private

School Status

286

Students

5:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#7 Best High School in Kentucky

Francis Parker School of Louisville

Goshen, KY

private

School Status

485

Students

7:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#8 Best High School in Kentucky

Covington Latin School

Covington, KY

catholic

School Status

201

Students

10:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

6-12

Grade Levels

#9 Best High School in Kentucky

Villa Madonna Academy

Villa Hills, KY

catholic

School Status

493

Students

10:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

K-12

Grade Levels

#10 Best High School in Kentucky

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Lexington, KY

public

School Status

2,022

Students

19:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

9-12

Grade Levels

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