Jefferson County

When it comes to schools in the Greater Louisville region, choose away. This is not a region where caring parents automatically steer their kids away from the public schools. Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is one of the country’s larger and more-honored school districts. It’s won the What Parents Want Award for two consecutive years. It placed three schools on the Newsweek’s list of the country’s best high schools, and four on the U.S. News & World Report list – with only one overlap.

Jefferson County Public SchoolsJCPSLogo has over 101,000 students in 172 schools and learning centers. There are more than 6,400 teachers, with 84 percent of those teachers holding a master’s degree or higher. More than $132 million in college scholarships was awarded to Class of 2013 JCPS students.

The school district’s great strength is diversity – it offers everything from traditional schools to Montessori, vocational training to International Baccalaureate degree. High school magnet programs range from aviation to veterinary science, and there’s open enrollment is all the system’s high schools. For more information, check out JCPS at a glance.

The Other public school systems in the area range from tiny Anchorage Independent School, whose 350 or so K-8 students regularly score at the top of Kentucky accountability tests, to large countywide systems, on either side of the Ohio, with strong academic records of their own.

And the diversity available in the public sector is only extended by the community’s other schools, which provide education in the light of varying religious and secular philosophies.

Education is on of the keys to the Greater Louisville region – which is why the community has come together behind Every1Reads, a trailblazing effort to have every student in the public schools reading at grade level.

Private and Parochial Schools

There is an array of private and parochial school choices in the Greater Louisville region. For example, Louisville’s Christian Academy School System serves nearly 3,000 students from preschool through 12th grade on four campuses. Founded in 1915, Louisville Collegiate School is a K-12 co-ed independent day school located in the historic Highlands. Founded on progressive ideals, Collegiate is welcoming, accessible and proud of all of its students who stand out for their exceptional academic preparation, outstanding character and confident leadership. For more information about independent school options, go to For more information about private school options, visit

The Archdiocese of Louisville also offers several Catholic schools in the area, including 38 elementary schools enrolling more than 13,700 students, and nine high schools with more than 6,000 students combined. For additional information and to find a Archdiocese of Louisville school, visit

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