Elementary School Choices

Welcome to JCPS!

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) engages each and every student through effective teaching in a caring, supportive environment. We offer a variety of learning opportunities through unique schools, programs, and activities that will inspire your child to reach their fullest potential.

This booklet will help you learn about the special offerings that each individual school can provide your child and family. With nearly 100 elementary schools, there are varied and differentiated academic experiences for every kind of learner, while maintaining a focus on JCPS’s three main pillars: Backpack of Success Skills, Racial Equity, and Culture and Climate.

Every JCPS school has dedicated and experienced teachers, technology for every student, family support services, and engaging after-school programming. They all contribute to our students’ sense of belonging as we teach them core skills like reading and math. But students are also introduced to art, music, other languages, and social skills as they learn to communicate and flourish in a constantly changing world.   

The 2024-25 school year will be the second in which all students have had the opportunity to attend a school close to their home. We’re proud that the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) created these opportunities by approving our School Choice Proposal in 2022. We’re finding that families, particularly those in the Choice Zone, are taking advantage of the option to attend a school near their neighborhood, creating more opportunities for students and their families to participate in after-school activities and generating significant pride in their school.

Please take the time to review the multitude of offerings we have available, and determine how they align with the learning style and interests of your child.

At JCPS, our mission is to always do what’s best for our students. We hope this booklet will help you determine what’s best for your child.

Contents

Let’s Get Started
Next Steps
How to Register & Apply
Elementary School Zones
Elementary School Zones at a Glance
Choice Zone
Elementary School Profiles
Magnet Schools
Magnet Programs
Services for Students With Educational Disabilities 
English as a Second Language
FAQs 

Let’s Get Started

JCPS has nearly 100 elementary schools, all of which focus on core subjects like reading, writing, math, science, and social studies while also introducing students to a variety of others, such as the arts, technology, and world languages. 

To better predict your child’s educational path, JCPS is moving away from “clusters” and now designates elementary school zones by high school networks. Each elementary school is grouped into one of 15 feeder patterns—groups of three to eight JCPS elementary schools located within a geographic area connected to a specific JCPS high school. JCPS guarantees your child a seat at one of the schools in their designated zone, determined by your child’s home address. 

While most elementary school students choose to attend one of the schools in their zone, JCPS has other programs to best match your child’s learning style or interests. We offer a variety  of elementary magnet schools and magnet programs—many of which are nationally recognized or focus on a specialized area, such as performing arts—as well as traditional magnet schools that emphasize back-to-basics learning in a highly structured environment. JCPS also offers students living in the Choice Zone* an option to attend school close to home or farther away.

Next Steps

  1. Review Options
    Decide what type of learning environment works best for your child, and explore school options, programs, and/or offerings at each school.

  2. Choose School
    Every student will find a sense of belonging at JCPS. To find that space for your child, start by compiling a list of schools that best fit their needs and aspirations

  3. Apply
    During the application period: Nov. 6–Dec. 22, 2023
    If you apply during this period, you will receive your child’s school assignment by April 2024. An application is required for all students entering a JCPS elementary school for the first time.

How to Register & Apply

Dates to Remember

Applications open: November 6 , 2023  
Application deadline: December 22 , 2023 
Acceptance notification: April 2024

Register Online

Students who have not previously attended a JCPS school, including all incoming kindergartners, must register online, at any JCPS elementary school, or at the Office of School Choice. Returning JCPS students who have registered in the past don’t need to register again. 

After you register, JCPS will verify your information and send you an email to complete your application, which can take up to two business days. Incoming kindergartners may then apply to schools within their zone as well as any magnet schools or magnet programs. To find out which zone you’re located in, call the JCPS Demographics Office at (502) 485-3050 or use the online JCPS SchoolFinder search tool.

Apply

An application is required for all students entering a JCPS elementary school for the first time. In addition, applications are required for elementary students who have moved or want to apply to a magnet school or magnet program. Families are encouraged to apply online, but in-person application options are available.

You can apply in person at the following locations:

  • JCPS School Choice Office: 4309 Bishop Lane 
  • JCPS Office of Multilingual Learners: 1325 Bluegrass Avenue

Important to Note 

  • Submitting a magnet application doesn’t guarantee admission, and submitting false information will void an application.
  • Waiting lists are not kept from year to year.
  • Magnet applications can only be edited during the application period.
  • Siblings of current or former magnet school students do not receive preference in the application process, but those who share the same date of birth (twins, triplets, etc.) are treated as one application. In these cases, parents must submit a separate application for each child.

Students must be a resident of Jefferson County to attend a magnet school or program. If families are relocating, contact the JCPS School Choice Office at (502) 485-6250.

Elementary School Zones

Fast Facts
Application required 

What is a zone?
A zone is a group of three to eight JCPS elementary schools located within a specific geographic area connected to a specific JCPS high school. This will better predict your student’s educational path. JCPS guarantees every student a seat at a school in their zone, which is determined by their home address.

Important to Note

During the application process, you will be asked to rank schools in your designated zone by order of preference. You can also apply for up to two other options, such as a magnet school or a school-based magnet program. Please consider the following during the registration and application process: 

  • All incoming kindergartners and students new to JCPS must register with the district before applying for school.
  • After registering, students entering kindergarten may apply to any magnet school, magnet program, or school within their zone.  Ranking of the schools in the zone is required. Magnet selections are optional.
  • An application is required for all new JCPS students and students who have moved, regardless of which school they are interested in attending.
  • If you live in the Choice Zone, you will rank school options that are close to home or options that are farther away. 
  • JCPS keeps siblings together in elementary school zones. The district also considers parental choice, space, the student’s home address, and the diversity of the student body when placing students at schools. Due to capacity constraints, not all families can or will receive their first school choice.

You may register your child for school regardless of immigration status and/or a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. For more information, contact the Office of Access and Opportunity at (502) 485-3650.

Elementary Schools at a Glance

Atherton Elementary Zone

Bloom Elementary
Camp Taylor Elementary
Shelby Academy

Ballard Elementary Zone

Chancey Elementary
Dunn Elementary
Norton Commons Elementary
Norton Elementary
Portland Elementary
Zachary Taylor Elementary
Wilder Elementary

Doss Elementary Zone

Crums Lane Elementary
Kenwood Elementary
Layne Elementary
Maupin Elementary
Stonestreet Elementary
Trunnell Elementary

Eastern Elementary Zone

Atkinson Academy
Bowen Elementary
Byck Elementary
Hite Elementary
Lowe Elementary
Middletown Elementary
Stopher Elementary

Fairdale Elementary Zone

Auburndale Elementary
Coral Ridge Elementary
Fairdale Elementary
Minors Lane Elementary

Fern Creek Elementary Zone

Bates Elementary
Fern Creek Elementary
Price Elementary
Wheeler Elementary
Wilt Elementary

Iroquois Elementary Zone

Cane Run Elementary
Frayser Elementary
Gutermuth Elementary
Hazelwood Elementary
Jacob Elementary
Mill Creek Elementary
Rutherford Elementary
Semple Elementary

Jeffersontown Elementary Zone

Cochrane Elementary
Farmer Elementary
Jeffersontown Elementary
Perry Elementary
Tully Elementary
Watterson Elementary

Moore Elementary Zone

Hartstern Elementary
Luhr Elementary
Smyrna Elementary

Pleasure Ridge Park Elementary Zone

Eisenhower Elementary
Greenwood Elementary
Kerrick Elementary
King Elementary
Sanders Elementary
Shacklette Elementary
Wellington Elementary
Wilkerson Elementary

Seneca Elementary Zone

Cochran Elementary
Engelhard Elementary
Goldsmith Elementary
Indian Trail Elementary
Klondike Lane Elementary
McFerran Preparatory Academy

Southern Elementary Zone

Blake Elementary
Blue Lick Elementary
Laukhuf Elementary
Okolona Elementary
Rangeland Elementary
Slaughter Elementary

Valley Elementary Zone

Dixie Elementary
Johnsontown Rd. Elementary
Kennedy Elementary
Medora Elementary

Waggener Elementary Zone

Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary
Chenoweth Elementary
Field Elementary
Alex R. Kennedy Elementary
St. Matthews Elementary

Magnet Schools

Audubon Traditional Elementary
Brandeis Elementary
Brown, J. Graham, School
Carter Traditional Elementary
Coleridge-Taylor Elementary
Foster Traditional Elementary
Greathouse/Shryock Traditional Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School
Schaffner Traditional Elementary
Whitney Young Elementary

Schools alphabetized by last name

Choice Zone

Students living within the Choice Zone (black outline) have the choice to attend an elementary, middle, or high school close to home or a designated school farther away.

Incoming kindergarten students, students new to JCPS, or students with an address change in the Choice Zone must complete an application to rank  their close-to-home or far-away school selections..

All students may also apply for magnets and transfers. 

The example below shows the elementary school choices of a student who lives in the Ballard High School Choice Zone. This student's close-to-home options are Portland, Atkinson, Breckinridge-Franklin, and Byck. Their far-away options are Chancey, Dunn, Norton Commons, Norton, Wilder, and Zachary Taylor. Students will rank their close-to-home options or far-away options, not both. 

Feeder Patterns

JCPS has developed 15 new feeder patterns that allow parents to see the elementary, middle, and high school their child will attend based on their home address.

Percentages represent the portion of the student body to attend the indicated high school.


Atherton Zone

Bloom Elementary

At Bloom Elementary, we provide life-enriching opportunities so that students are empowered to become the best version of themselves. Our vision is to become a world leader in individualized student growth. The Bloom learning community motivates students to love learning and value the importance of education by providing a holistic approach to achieving proficiency.

School Highlights

  • Provides full-time music, mindfulness, physical education (PE), Spanish, library, arts, and technology teachers
  • Offers after-school programs, including chess, basketball, cheerleading, media club, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), and Academic Team
  • Features a grant-winning school garden that is incorporated into classroom instruction and a nationally recognized Food is Elementary Program for first graders
  • Actively involved Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with strong classroom and community support
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Camp Taylor Elementary

Camp Taylor Elementary is dedicated to moving all students toward academic proficiency. We aim to educate the school community by continually identifying specific needs, developing plans, and taking actionable steps to ensure that all students are productive members of the global community.

School Highlights

  • Provides full-time technology, library media, arts and humanities, and physical education (PE) instructors
  • Recipient of the 5x5 Fund for the Arts Grant so that students can attend performances by local arts organizations
  • Meets the needs of all students in a culturally diverse environment

Offers mentoring and in-school leadership opportunities as well as a wide range of in-school and after-school activities, including co-ed basketball, cheerleading, chess club, student government, art club, band, orchestra, annual Disney Musical, Girls on the Run, 4-H, Junior Achievement (JA), and robotics team

Shelby Academy

We are devoted to empowering and engaging our community of learners to be responsible and self-reliant citizens. At Shelby, we honor cultural identity and individuality by centering students’ lives and experiences in our curriculum. Shelby is committed to ensuring that each student develops the skills, knowledge, and expertise necessary to succeed. We love our Sharks, and we work every day to make sure we all swim forward together!

School Highlights

  • We are SHARKs! Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Respectful, and Kind
  • Partnering with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to become a No Place for Hate school
  • Arts integration for all K–5 students
  • Workshop Model tailored to individual student needs
  • Special Areas: art; library; general music; physical education (PE); dance; Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM); theatre; Math, Music, and Movement; the SHARK Way; band; and orchestra 
  • Cocurricular activities: Basketball, Cheerleading, Student Council, No Place for Hate, Girls on the Run, Men of Quality, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Girls Who Code, Quick Recall, and Disney Musicals in School 

Ballard Zone

Chancey Elementary

At Chancey Elementary, we cultivate a love of learning through collaborative and innovative experiences. Our mission is to nurture the 21st-century learner in a safe, diverse, caring, and mutually respectful environment. We believe that everyone has the right to experience the joy of learning, and we are proud to celebrate our students’ diversity. We are committed to academic excellence because we recognize that education is the path to changing the world.

School Highlights

  • Welcomes families as partners in reaching and teaching the whole child
  • Engages students by embracing individual interests and learning styles through project-based learning activities
  • Offers the Primary Talent Pool and gifted and talented learning opportunities for K–5 students
  • Provides Special Area instruction in music, art, wellness, and a 21st-century media library center
  • Offers Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to provide additional instruction to all levels of students to meet their academic, social, and emotional needs
  • Advance Program and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Infuses instruction with technology, including a computer lab, an iPad cart, and 1:1 Chromebooks for K–5 students to meet the individual needs of students
  • Student activities: robotics, cross-country, Girls on the Run, Book Club, soccer, tennis, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), cheerleading, basketball, band, orchestra, Academic Team, student council, Garden Club, and Girl Scouts

Dunn Elementary

We are packing students' Digital Backpacks with mastery skills in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Effective Communicator, Emerging Innovator, Prepared and Resilient Learner, Globally and Culturally Competent Citizen, and Productive Collaborator.

School Highlights

  • Personalized learning through Passion Projects, Genius Hour, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, and Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Lab; arts and humanities; Spanish; library; and physical education (PE)
  • Developing Life-Ready Leaders through Franklin Covey’s Leader in Me Program, which integrates leadership principles from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Strong Parent Teacher Association (PTA) partnership with parents and the community
  • Evening events for staff, students, and families to engage in activities fostering relationships and preserving strong school culture
  • Offers Girls Who Code Club, Student Ambassador Program, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), chess club, Academic and Problem Solving Team, band, orchestra, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, soccer, flag football, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Bricks for Kids, robotics, and more
  • Variety of technology modes used to demonstrate learning, including Chromebooks, iPads, Google Classroom, Osmos, Flipgrid, Green Screen, iMovie, and coding programs
  • Enrichment classes provided to all students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts by using real-world scenarios relevant to individual student interests

Norton Commons Elementary

At Norton Commons Elementary, it is our goal that all of our students will be responsible citizens who demonstrate independent problem solving and resiliency. Our mission is to exemplify an empowered and innovative community through rigorous instruction, intentional learning, and meaningful relationships.

School Highlights

  • Deeper Learning Lab; music; art; library/Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM); and physical education (PE) classes
  • Includes club programming as part of the Special Areas Program, which provides students with enrichment classes in high-interest curricular areas
  • Strong partnership with parents and the community to enhance student achievement
  • Student activities (changed annually based on student interests): robotics clubs (K–5), Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), chess club, Academic Team, band, orchestra, basketball, cheerleading, Beta Club, cross-country, and others 
  • Promotes educating the whole child through a partnership with the Norton Commons YMCA, which provides programming for students, staff, and families like Workout Wednesday and swim classes in second grade
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) and Early Childhood Programs 

Norton Elementary

Norton Elementary is where all students learn at high levels. No exceptions! No excuses!

School Highlights

  • 2017 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School
  • A tradition of high academic achievement based on state and district assessments
  • Academic expectations with rigorous, engaging instruction that is differentiated based on individual student need
  • Primary Talent Pool enrichment activities for high-performing students at all grade levels
  • Advance Program and Gifted/Talented instructional opportunities for qualifying students in fourth and fifth grades
  • Incorporates band and orchestra classes for fifth-grade students
  • K-5 French, music, physical education (PE), art, and Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Newly designed library media center
  • Annual Art and Music Festival, which celebrates the individual talents of students
  • Events sponsored by award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Portland Elementary

Portland is a fully personalized environment where learners receive experiences that are tailored to their specific emotional, cultural, and academic needs. We believe that every student has the opportunity to thrive, grow, and achieve no matter their starting place.

School Highlights

  • Small-class-size option to provide tailored instruction that meets individual needs
  • Full-time art, physical education (PE), library, and Compassionate Schools Program (CSP)
  • Comprehensive guidance and mental health programming through numerous in-school and community service providers
  • Collaborates with the University of Louisville (UofL) Signature Partnership to support teachers who implement innovative practices in the classroom and provides a virtual learning lab with 25 state-of-the-art virtual learning headsets
  • Student activities: Environmental Club, Girls on the Run, Metro United Way , basketball, cheerleading, Academic Team, piano lessons,, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), dance club, and comic book club
  • Participates in 5x5 Fund for the Arts Program and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Partnerships: Louisville Nature Center, Oxmoor Farms and Food Literacy Project, Parklands of Floyds Fork, NEC “Love the ‘Ville” partner school, Humana, Elevate Portland (UofL College of Business), and Yum! Brands
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Zachary Taylor Elementary

Zachary Taylor Elementary staff work daily in Educating All Students to Achieve Today and Lead Tomorrow. Zachary Taylor staff build a strong foundation for all students to reach their full potential and ensure that high expectations for today’s learning provide building blocks for lifelong learners.

Our parents, students, and teachers consistently praise our strong school climate and culture. We hold all of our students to high academic standards and pride ourselves in our ability to meet the needs of our students.

School Highlights

  • Offers band, orchestra, music, physical education (PE), art, and library 
  • Student activities: robotics, Quick Recall, Future Problem Solving, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Gifted G.I.R.L.S, Girls on the Run, basketball, cheerleading, community-sponsored Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, and safety patrol
  • Support from Parent Teacher Association (PTA), local churches, and businesses
  • Full-time mental health counselor and Positive Behavior Interventions Supports (PBIS) with a full-time Positive Action Center with certified behavior support staff
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) opportunities
  • Makerspace Lab to support Project-Based Learning (PBL) 
  • Primary Talent Pool and Advance Program with Gifted and Talented support services
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Wilder Elementary

Wilder has provided quality instruction to students in eastern Jefferson County since 1957. Our students consistently leave our school prepared and ready for middle school. Parents and former students speak positively about their experience at our school. Wilder’s mission is that students will have a solid foundation so that they are prepared to lead in an ever-changing society. We empower our students to reach their full potential by providing quality instruction that is inspiring, relevant, and comprehensive. Finally, we teach students responsibility and challenge students to be their best.

School Highlights

  • Primary Talent Pool, Advance Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Student activities: cheerleading, basketball, chorus, Young Rembrandts, cross-country, track, drama club, dance, volleyball, soccer, Academic Team, safety patrol, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and student council
  • Two Mayor's Top Apple Awards for reading
  • Monthly events sponsored by award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Art; music; Latin; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Spanish; orchestra; band; physical education (PE); and library media
  • YMCA Child Enrichment Program (CEP) for before- and after-school childcare
  • 2016 Kentucky Department of Education School of Distinction

Doss Zone

Crums Lane Elementary

Crums Lane prepares students for their next level with a rigorous academic curriculum in a caring and compassionate community. Students will be nurtured while they are empowered to be globally and culturally competent.

School Highlights

  • Teachers working with small groups of students daily in reading and math, providing intensive individual and small-group support
  • Academic support: Reading Interventionist, Math Interventionist, Writing Interventionist, Extended School Services (ESS), Advance Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) members who won at the state level eight of the last ten years
  • Student activities: flag football, cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, safety patrol, student council, band, orchestra, soccer, STLP, Zumba, dance, Ladies of Leadership and Distinguished Gentlemen Programs
  • Family engagement: monthly family nights, family luncheons, special holiday activities, and special celebrations
  • Supportive Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Offers Compassionate Schools Program, daily Character Strong lessons, and weekly guidance lessons led by a certified school counselor 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab
  • Special Areas: library, art, physical education (PE), music, computer, and writing lab

Kenwood Elementary

Vision: To nurture and educate the whole child and prepare each student to be a resilient learner while building a sense of belonging and well-being. Students will leave Kenwood Elementary as globally and culturally competent citizens.

Mission: Kenwood Elementary is a compassionate, safe, inclusive environment that strives to educate the whole child while promoting good character, responsibility, and academic success in every student. Kenwood students will maintain integrity, communicate effectively, and be critical thinkers/problem solvers. Kenwood Elementary will be among the most desired schools in Kentucky by students, parents, and employees.

School Highlights

  • Recognized as a national Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished School, Family-Friendly Certified School, and No Place for Hate School
  • Culturally relevant instruction delivered through workshop approach to ensure personalized learning that meets students' needs with a focus on equity and inclusion
  • Recognized as State and National School of Character
  • Offers Advance Program and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Employs master teachers who participate in weekly Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to determine how to meet the needs of each student; many National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) 
  • Offers a Visual Art and Music Program that provides instruction in music, movement, drama, and visual arts
  • Offers a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Lab that provides instruction in critical thinking, problem solving, robotics, engineering, and programming
  • Offers a wide range of activities and clubs that allow students to explore different interests and career pathways
  • Designated as a Trauma Sensitive School 
  • Family Ambassador, Community Ambassador, full-time nurse, and Family Resource Center (FRC) coordinator for partnering with families to meet the needs of the whole child

Layne Elementary

At Layne Elementary, we believe that every child can learn at high levels. Layne’s staff accepts the responsibility to teach all students so that they can attain their maximum educational potential. At Layne, each student is valued as an individual and is encouraged to be cooperative and respectful of others. The Layne House System promotes the building of a strong school community where long-lasting relationships are developed with all stakeholders, not just teachers and students. Students learn lifelong skills, such as achievement, courage, determination, integrity, and optimism, while giving back to the community locally and globally through service projects throughout the year.

School Highlights

  • Full-time technology teacher and access to technology-based programs
  • Student leadership opportunities: student council, safety patrol, Recycling Club, and National Junior Beta Club
  • Advance Program
  • Layne House System embodying integrity, courage, determination, optimism, and achievement 
  • Student activities: volleyball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, chess, band, orchestra, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Art Club, and Academic Team
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Maupin Elementary

Our mission is to build a caring community with students engaged in learning experiences that ignite intellectual curiosity, compassion, and confidence. We aim to create and sustain a community of learners who possess the belief in themselves to achieve high academic skills, the kindness to help others, and the might to make a difference where they live, work, and play. Maupin Elementary has a family-oriented community, and every student receives the personal attention they need. Through partnerships with staff, parents, and community, we ensure that each student launches to greatness.

School Highlights

  • Daily access to technology, including Chromebooks, technology Special Area classes, and extracurricular activities 
  • Use of the Expeditionary Learning (EL) and Illustrative Mathematics (IM) materials to ensure all students are making continuous growth 
  • Focus on developing teamwork skills
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to better meet students' academic, social, and emotional needs
  • Special Areas: art, digital literacy, reading lab, library media, physical education (PE), music
  • Social-emotional development through Character Strong programming, OLWEUS, mentorships, and mental health counseling
  • Encourages student belonging and engagement by offering a variety of extracurricular activities for students, including opportunities for enrichment, sports, and extended learning 
  • Family Resource Center (FRC) providing food pantry and other family support
  • On-site medical/dental care for students, families, and staff
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, Early Childhood center, full-time mental health practitioner, and Exceptional Child Education (ECE) implementation coach

Stonestreet Elementary

At Stonestreet, we are committed to being the best elementary school in JCPS by implementing methods and techniques that are embraced and practiced globally to foster 21st-century learners. We provide a caring and nurturing environment where students can reach their full potential. Stonestreet helps students develop skills that enable them to make appropriate decisions and become responsible citizens in the community.

School Highlights

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Student activities: Academic Team, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, Technology team, band, and orchestra
  • Family events: math and literacy nights, talent show, and special fall and spring events
  • Early Care and Education All-Star Program
  • Active Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  •  Compassionate Schools Project (CSP)
  • Family Resource Center (FRC) providing support for students, families, and staff

Trunnell Elementary

Our Trunnell Community challenges all members to reach their fullest potential and become positive world changers.

School Highlights

  • Comprehensive literacy support using Orton-Gillingham with an "all-hands-on-deck" approach to ensure equity and inclusion for all of our students 
  • Leader in Me school
  • Special Areas: physical education (PE), art, music, library, and math lab
  • Culturally diverse student population with more than 15 languages spoken
  • Family engagement events throughout the year, such as Parent Teacher Association (PTA) events, Grandparents' Lunch, Superhero Lunch, Fall Festival, FitLit Night, Math Madness, parent workshops, and Lunch & Learns on various topics
  • Student activities: soccer, basketball, cheerleading, Step Team, Girls on Run, Quick Recall Team, Art Club, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Student Advisory Council, and Student Ambassadors

Eastern Zone

J. B. Atkinson Academy

J. B. Atkinson Academy provides all students with a quality education based on academic standards, high expectations for achievement, and a respect for diversity and community. We are committed to lifelong learning, physical and emotional wellness, and preparing all students to be college- and career-ready by educating the whole child while supporting families and the community.

School Highlights

  • University of Louisville (UofL) Signature Partnership School
  • Maintains a strong connection with state standards, using culturally diverse and real-life contexts
  • Student activities: basketball, student leadership team, cheerleading, soccer, band, step team, and orchestra 
  • Special Areas: art, library, physical education (PE), and Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM) Lab 

Bowen Elementary

As a Leader in Me school, we believe that every member of our school community has greatness. Leader in Me is about empowering our students, staff, and families to reach their full potential while ultimately finding their voice. We have five Core Beliefs that govern everything we do:

  • Everyone is a leader.
  • Everyone has genius.
  • Change starts with me.
  • We empower students to lead their own learning.
  • Educators and families partner to develop the whole person.

School Highlights

  • Provides opportunities for K–2 students to participate in weekly art, music, library, physical education (PE), and Spanish
  • Supports student choice by allowing three to five students to participate in electives based on their interests (art, music, leadership, and Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics [STEAM])
  • Features the latest in educational technology with a focus on infusing technology into all facets of instruction. Digital learning lab focusing on instruction through Google Classroom and the Backpack of Success Skills
  • Offers a range of extracurricular activities, including band, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, Kids Who Code, orchestra, problem solving, Quick Recall, soccer, student workforce, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), and volleyball
  • Award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA) sponsoring monthly events to engage families in school activities

Byck Elementary

We ensure that all students have a supportive community that empowers, engages, and encourages character development in a high-quality learning environment.

School Highlights

  • Talent Development Magnet: students developing their talents, from baking to broadcasting, to find their true passion and merge their passion with their talent
  • Employs instructors in the arts and humanities (drama, dance, art, and music) as well as library media, technology, and physical education (PE)
  • Provides Gifted and Talented services
  • Provides a technology-rich learning environment focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities
  • Offers a CASEL-approved social-emotional curriculum, Global Game Changers. Students are immersed in researching ways to Ignite Good in their community while developing strategies to tackle apathy. This is offered to all students during the school day. An extension of the program is also offered after school.

Hite Elementary

At Hite Elementary, our vision statement is “Hite, where we are inspired to grow and be lifelong learners.” This value is threaded through every aspect of our school, serving as a guiding belief shared by parents, staff, and the community. We are a proud member of the Energy Bus for School cohort implementing the leadership and professional learning of Jon Gordon. We have three rules that we discuss in our morning meetings every morning: 1. Be kind, 2. Work hard, and 3. Have fun! We truly believe that continuous improvement leads us to be our best selves and, ultimately, to improve our entire community. We pride ourselves on service to others in an inclusive environment.

School Highlights

  • Offers researched-based instruction with four full-time Special Areas: library, physical education (PE)/wellness, Technology/Language and Culture/Makerspace for the Arts
  • Provides social emotional learning for all students
  • Provides enhanced technology instruction with full-time technology teacher
  • Provides homeroom and specialized grouping, which creates a sense of family, challenges students with Project-Based Learning (PBL), and promotes cooperative learning
  • Student activities:, soccer, cheerleading, orchestra, Quick Recall, Academic Team, cross-country, Kind Kids Club, Sewing Club, chess, concert band, Junkyard Hawks, jam band, drama, and more
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Lowe Elementary

Our mission is to provide relevant, comprehensive, quality, and individualized instruction in order to educate, prepare, and inspire our students to develop a lifelong love for learning. Lowe Elementary is a place where students will grow and discover their potential, both intellectually and emotionally, with the guidance of all staff to prepare them for their future education.

School Highlights

  • Awarded National Parent Involvement School of Excellence Certification
  • Recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) as a Winner’s Circle School for exemplary school climate, safety, and achievement, and recognized by Scholastic as Best in the State for Most Reading Minutes logged during 2017-18 and 2018-19 summers
  • Offers Special Area classes, including art, music, physical education (PE), and library media
  • Student activities: Academic Team, Book Olympiads, chess club, orchestra, band, choir, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, running club, soccer, drama club, art club, robotics, and more
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Middletown Elementary

The mission of Middletown Elementary is to discover the brilliance in every child by challenging all students to reach their potential and to meet the demands of the future. As a Leader in Me school, Middletown builds leadership and life skills in students, creates a high-trust school culture, and lays the foundation for sustained academic achievement. We truly believe that it is our duty to unleash greatness in students, and we strive daily to ensure that each and every student is a leader of their own learning.

School Highlights

  • Outdoor classroom that encourages hands-on learning opportunities
  • Accelerated math groups in fourth and fifth grades to prepare for accelerated math in middle school
  • Supports student choice through a project-based learning model where students choose an elective 
  • Yearly grade-level music concerts 
  • Project-based learning focus
  • Award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Extracurricular activities: Academic Team, soccer, basketball, cross-country, Girls Who Code, Girls on the Run, cheerleading, chess, band, orchestra, chess, drama, and after-school enrichment programs
  • Develops leadership potential in students through the Leader in Me principles
  • Advance Program, Primary Talent Pool, and Gifted and Talented Programs 
  • Strong partnership with parents and community to enhance student achievement
  • Band and orchestra opportunities for fifth-grade students
  • Full-time and certified Special Area art, music, physical education (PE), French, library media, and Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Lab 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Stopher Elementary

At Stopher Elementary, we challenge and engage each learner to grow through effective teaching and meaningful experiences within caring, supportive environments so that all students are prepared, empowered, and inspired to reach their full potential and contribute as thoughtful, responsible citizens of our diverse, shared world.

School Highlights

  • 2014 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
  • Primary Talent Pool Advance Program, Latin instruction for all students
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Provides Makerspace: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM); music; technology; library; art; and physical education (PE) to all students
  • Strong partnership with parents and the community
  • Club programming for grades three through five
  • Student activities: annual Broadway Junior musical; Academic Team, including Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving, which has won Mayor’s Cup competitions; Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), which has been awarded Gold status at the state level; basketball; cheerleading; soccer; flag football; track; cross-country; robotics; chess; dance; Bricks 4 Kidz; Science Matters; Kicks Soccer Academy; fencing; Drama by George; Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; National Elementary Honor Society; STEAMPunks; and Gifted Girls

Fairdale Zone

Auburndale Elementary

At Auburndale Elementary, we provide an individualized, rigorous, and engaging learning environment with authentic, real-world applications to empower every student to reach their own potential. Our staff fosters a learning environment of collaboration, creativity, and excellence. All Auburndale Elementary students will be inspired to become lifelong learners who are responsible, caring citizens in our diverse, competitive world.

School Highlights

  • The school uses evidenced-based instructional practices, which include co-teaching models in reading and math in every grade level.
  • Special Area opportunities are robust with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab; art; music; physical education (PE); library; and Purposeful People (a writing-infused SEL support curriculum).
  • After-school opportunities include robotics, basketball, volleyball, Art Club, Wildcat Singers, National Honors Society, and Safety Patrol.
  • We are responsive and aware of our students’ emotional and mental health and well-being, and we provide services through our Counseling Suite, which includes our school-based counselor, our mental health practitioner, Necco, and Seven Counties partners.
  • Our Family Resource Center (FRC) is fully operational and accessible for families to receive any support they need throughout the school year.
  • We provide a caring and committed staff focused on creating a child-centered learning environment.

Coral Ridge Elementary

The mission of Coral Ridge is to provide a nurturing environment where all students will achieve success to their highest potential.

School Highlights

  • Offers the Elementary Redesign Program, which features a 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio, a full-time instructional coach to support student success, and a partnership with the University of Louisville (UofL) for student-teacher/methods training
  • Provides technology, humanities, library, and physical education (PE) instruction
  • Provides additional services to Multilingual Learners (MLs)
  • Offers a range of clubs and activities during and after school, including Academic Team, ECHO outdoor science education, basketball, soccer, cross-country, cheerleading, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Worldfest, and archery

Fairdale Elementary

At Fairdale Elementary, our students will be fully prepared to meet their potential, be middle school-ready, and become effective and responsible citizens. We provide comprehensive, standards-based, quality instruction in a caring and supportive community in which all students are educated and inspired to become critical thinkers, effective communicators, independent learners, and responsible citizens.

School Highlights

  • Provides instruction in reading, math, science, and social studies from highly qualified teachers who use today’s most effective curriculum and instructional techniques
  • Provides rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction for all students
  • Offers music, art, robotics, orchestra, band, basketball, soccer, archery, gym, and cheerleading

Minors Lane Elementary

Minors Lane Elementary is an exceptional place of learning that inspires academic excellence in an empowering and inclusive school community. Our mission is to embrace diversity, encourage curiosity, and educate the “whole child" in a safe, nurturing, and rigorous learning community. We believe that every scholar has the ability to learn and deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and who insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

School Highlights

  • Uses evidence-based and culturally responsive instructional practices 
  • Instruction personalized and differentiated to meet individual students’ learning and social-emotional needs 
  • Primary Talent Pool and Gifted and Talented Program
  • Implements the Character Strong Curriculum to teach character and social- emotional skills
  • Diverse and culturally rich school community of multilingual learners
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program 
  • Community School: educational and recreational after-school activities for students and families
  • Extracurricular activities: basketball, soccer, Yearbook Club, Quick Recall, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), student ambassadors, Men of Quality, Women of Worth, Girls on the Run, Student Council, band, and orchestra
  • Special Areas: art and music; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab; library media; and physical education (PE)
  • Full-time school-based mental health practitioner, school nurse, and Family Resource Center (FRC) coordinator to meet student and family needs

Fern Creek Zone

Bates Elementary

Bates Elementary offers a family-friendly academic environment focusing on educating the whole child—developing their academic, social, and emotional needs. We provide a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with national and state standards in reading, math, science, and social studies. Bates Elementary is proud to be nationally recognized as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, developing the leadership potential in each of our students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

School Highlights

  • National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), teachers endorsed in gifted/talented education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Google Certified Level I and II Teachers, and Apple Certified Teachers
  • Comprehensive counseling program with two full-time certified counselors who deliver college/career, social-emotional, and transition services through small-group, individual, and classroom guidance
  • Access to Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP); Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); and student-led newscast production (WBES) with green screen
  • Performing arts program with full-time music, art, and drama teachers as well as band, orchestra, choir, and musical theatre performances
  • Student activities: basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, soccer, cross-country, Quick Recall, Future Problem Solving, safety patrol, G.I.F.T.E.D. Girls group, Men of Quality, and Backpack Ambassadors
  • Leadership opportunities: Student Lighthouse Team, Bear Bloggers, Cool 2B Kind Club, Environmental Enhancers, and many more

Fern Creek Elementary

Fern Creek Elementary is committed to providing a safe, nurturing academic community where all members are empowered to achieve their highest potential.

School Highlights

  • Leader in Me school: social-emotional learning process recognizing each child as a leader with unique gifts and talents to share, which equips students with essential 21-century skills to build meaningful relationships and take ownership of their education
  • Culturally responsive instruction promoting authentic engagement and rigor
  • Offers Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Anime Club, Academic Team, Leadership Team, Student Guard Team, Men of Quality, orchestra, Gifted Girls, Cardio-Drumming, and student council
  • Extracurricular activities: basketball, choir, Girls Who Code, She Became, cheerleading, Tigers on the Run, and soccer
  • Gifted and Talented Education, Primary Talent Pool, and Advance Program
  • Provides Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Compassion Project; visual arts; music; and practical living/health
  • Parent Engagement team that provides family engagement nights 
  • Registered nurse (RN), mental health practitioner, social/emotional counseling, and site-based therapist on staff
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Price Elementary

Price Elementary is committed to meeting the needs of every student by developing their academic, social, emotional, and creative potential. 

School Highlights

  • Advance Preparatory Program for K–3 students that nurtures abilities of high-performing Primary students through individualized/small-group instruction and a wide variety of engaging, challenging, and stimulating learning experiences
  • Guidance Program that effectively develops leadership skills among students
  • Student activities: band, orchestra, basketball, cheerleading, Academic Team, art camp, dance, robotics, Problem Solving, Girls on the Run, Math Girls Rule, and Soccer Club
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Wheeler Elementary

Wheeler provides a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with national standards. All of our students are supported in their learning progression and provided additional time, as needed, to master learning targets. Students demonstrating mastery are provided opportunities to extend and deepen their learning. Ongoing assessments in each content area provide you and your child’s teacher with valuable information regarding individual student abilities and instructional needs. We truly believe in “Every Student, Every Day.” 

School Highlights

  • In addition to National Board, Google, and school administration certifications, teachers endorsed in gifted education, competency-based education, personalized learning, English as Second Language (ESL) Program, Project-Based Learning (PBL), and literacy development
  • Focuses on personalized learning environments, developing student agency, and real-world, relevant content application
  • Student activities: award-winning Academic Team, student council, chess, basketball, cross-country, running club, cheerleading, soccer, pom squad, Suzuki Method violin, Library Co-Op, newscasting, Robotics, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Men of Quality, Girls Who Code, Soccer, Student Advisory, and Leadership Workforce Opportunities
  • Special Areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); visual arts; practical living; and music integrated with drama and dance
  • Health Promotion School of Excellence (HPSE)
  • Offers National Elementary Honor Society and Junior Beta Club
  • Award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA) providing family engagement activities
  • Leader in Me programming that teaches students leadership skills
  • Comprehensive guidance program to support social and emotional development

Wilt Elementary

The mission of Wilt Elementary School is to educate and provide a safe learning environment. We believe all students will experience positive growth in social/emotional behaviors and attitudes and will be challenged to reach high levels of academic achievement. Parents, students, and educators, working with the community, can create a safe and equitable learning environment in which all students can learn and become productive members of society. We offer a well-rounded, challenging learning environment where students will be responsible for their learning and success. At Wilt, we maintain a nurturing environment with active family involvement.

School Highlights

  • Park-like setting to encourage responsible citizenship
  • Consistently above state proficiency measures in all subjects, in top tier for attendance amongst elementary schools, and low staff turnover
  • Two 3D printers that students use through CAD and several coding programs
  • Designated Gifted and Talented (GT) teacher for Primary Talent Pool and identified GT students
  • Active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that sponsors school activities and supports school initiatives (playground expansion, beautification through signage, and hands-on science resource access for students)
  • Student activities: archery, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, drama, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Jump Rope for Heart, Girls Who Code, Quick Recall, Problem Solving, robotics, safety patrol, soccer, student government, and wrestling
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Iroquois Zone

Cane Run Elementary

Here at Cane Run, we believe in teaching the whole child. Each day, we work to provide safe, stimulating, and challenging educational experiences to ensure that all students are transition-ready. Our goal is to prepare our students to be independent, lifelong learners and equip them with the 21st-century learning skills they will need to be successful throughout their lives.

School Highlights

  • Offers small class sizes
  • Offers after-school activities and sports
  • Provides technology-enhanced educational experiences
  • Offers library, physical education (PE), art, music, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab
  • Offers the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for all students
  • Offers a wide range of family support services
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Frayser Elementary

The Frayser Elementary School family is committed to developing the whole child, empowering our leaders to find their genius, and ensuring high academic achievement and growth for all. Our vision is that all Frayser students will transition ready to lead academically and socially as global citizens.

School Highlights

  • Implements the Leader in Me, which empowers staff, students, and families to develop personal leadership capacities through the teaching of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Small class size program (20 students) in first through fifth grades
  • Full-time library and art, music, and Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) lab
  • Implements small-group, research-based reading and math instruction to provide flexible and personalized learning opportunities for all students
  • Promotes wellness, including the MindUp curriculum, and has full-time nurse and mental health practitioner
  • Advance Program and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and supports
  • Activities: co-ed intramural basketball, soccer, Spirit Team, Men of Honor, Gifted G.I.R.L.S., Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Student Lighthouse Team, and Paw Patrol

Gutermuth Elementary

Here at Gutermuth, we believe in caring for students as if they were our own. We offer excellent educational opportunities, a highly qualified staff, and activities and events to meet a variety of student needs and interests. It is our mission to provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate experiences for the successful social and academic growth of all students in a safe, secure, and caring environment.

School Highlights

  • Engaging, standards-based instruction in a diverse, multicultural setting with multiple Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and Advance Program 
  • Disney in Schools Theatre Production in collaboration with StageOne Family Theatre and Visual Arts Program
  • Reader’s Theatre, Compassionate Schools Program, Art,  and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Extracurricular activities: cheerleading, basketball, cross-country, band, orchestra, Girls Who Game, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), robotics club, and soccer
  • Full-time nurse, Family Resource Center (FRC) coordinator, and mental health practitioner
  • 21+ languages spoken
  • Recognized as a No Place for Hate school

Hazelwood Elementary

Our goals at Hazelwood Elementary School are to meet the needs of all learners, to ensure that every student reaches their full potential, and to pledge that our students are prepared to be successful in the next stages of their lives.

School Highlights

  • Small class sizes and researched-based instruction
  • Reading Recovery Program for first- and second-grade students and social-emotional learning for all students
  • Full-time technology teacher
  • Provides homeroom and specialized grouping, which creates a sense of family, challenges students with Project-Based Learning (PBL), and promotes cooperative learning
  • Student activities: basketball, volleyball, soccer, cheerleading, orchestra, Field-to-Fork, Quick Recall, and Academic Team
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Jacob Elementary

At Jacob Elementary, we work to provide a school where students, families, and teachers thrive. Our mission is to ignite a passion for learning, invest in relationships with our students and families, and inspire personal success in every student.

School Highlights

  • Literacy and math instruction delivered through the workshop model with a focus on small-group instruction
  • Co-teaching model for all elementary Exceptional Child Education (ECE), English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, Extended School Services (ESS), and Advance Program students
  • Use Minds in Motion exercises and activities to unlock student potential by strengthening their vestibular system and Stanford Harmony to help students build confidence, relationships, and self-control
  • Student leadership opportunities including safety patrol, student council, and Junior Beta Club
  • Student activities: Gentlemen's Academy, Girls on the Rise, Girls on the Run, basketball, baseball, flag football, soccer, chorus, step club, chess club, Quick Recall, Girls Who Code, and Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP)
  • Health Promotion School of Excellence (HPSE)
  • Full-time school nurse, Family Resource Center (FRC) coordinator, and food pantry

Mill Creek Elementary

Our vision is to be the urban leadership school of excellence.

School Highlights

  • Accredited Lighthouse—Leader in Me school
  • Provides leadership opportunities for students through Student Officers and Classroom Ambassadors
  • Provides social-emotional learning, student learning choices, mentoring programs, and personalized learning plans
  • Convocation Series, extracurricular sports and activities, fifth-grade clubs, family night opportunities, and culturally responsive teaching
  • Lexia and Dream Box Programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Restorative Practice (RP) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school
  • Fresh fruit and Vegetables Grant

Rutherford Elementary

Our primary focus is to work with families to ensure that all of our students are successful. We firmly believe that through hard work and open communication between the community and our school, students at Rutherford Elementary will reach their highest potential and become lifelong, independent learners who make significant contributions to society.

School Highlights

  • Students developing critical-thinking skills in the Advance Program
  • Literature-based curriculum enhanced by team teaching and research-based instruction
  • Student activities: after-school sports/activities through Family Resource Center (FRC), Academic Team, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Chess Club, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, orchestra, and band
  • Full-time Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teacher
  • Homeroom and specialized grouping, tailored to the needs of the students through the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and Project-Based Learning (PBL) to promote cooperative learning
  • Engaging, standards-based instruction in a diverse, multicultural setting
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program with four full-time teachers and three bilingual associate instructors
  • 16+ languages spoken

Semple Elementary

The Semple Elementary community will educate each student to reach their highest potential academically, socially, and emotionally. Offering a safe and caring environment, our staff assists students in the development of skills to become productive citizens in our ever-changing society. Students benefit from educational experiences supported by standards-based grading and differentiated instruction that addresses a variety of learning styles and instructional strategies.

School Highlights

  • Individualized instruction to meet diverse needs of students through small-group intervention and enrichment sessions
  • Provides multiple opportunities for extended learning
  • Employs a full-time school nurse
  • Offers the Reading Recovery Program and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Lab
  • Student activities: basketball, cheerleading, step team, orchestra, safety patrol, Academic Team, music, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Games Club, Vex Robotics, and CALM (Compassionate Schools Project)

Jeffersontown Zone

Cochrane Elementary

School Highlights

  • Ensures that students are provided enrichment, acceleration, and personalized learning opportunities to explore deeper learning activities that incorporate success skills and increase a deeper understanding of concepts
  • Provides differentiated and rigorous instruction in all content areas
  • Integrates advanced technology, including interactive boards, Chromebooks, iPads, and Google Classroom, into the curriculum
  • Offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including Junior Beta Club, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, soccer, Yearbook, Backpack Team, safety patrol, Quick Recall, Girls Who Code, and an award-winning Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP)
  • Provides students with visual and performing arts opportunities, including orchestra and band
  • Introduces students to the field of communications through a student-produced morning news broadcast
  • Recipient of a 5x5 Fund for the Arts Grant, which provides art experiences for students
  • Provides English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction
  • Maintains a strong partnership with parents and the community to enhance student achievement

Farmer Elementary

School Highlights

  • Personalized learning provided by master teachers, including nine National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), eight Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) award-winning teachers, and a 2021 Milken Educator award-winning teacher; full-time nurse (RN) on staff
  • Structured literacy approach schoolwide
    • Staff in second year of Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training, a Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) initiative
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); practical living; guidance; art; and music classes as well as a unique opportunity for fifth graders to enroll in either band or orchestra, which is taught at Ramsey Middle School
  • Field trips designed to build vocabulary and knowledge
  • Offers basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, Junior Beta Club, Quick Recall, Problem Solving, music ensemble, safety patrol, student council, and VEX Robotics
  • Annual special events, such as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Walk-a-thon and Color Run, Trunk or Treat, Mother-Son and Father-Daughter Nights, Book Character Day, Polar Express, STEAM Night, and Spring Fling 
  • Most notable and recent student accomplishments from our Junior Beta members—Technology and Robotics Teams (2021 state champions, making the Robotics Team state champions four consecutive years)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Jeffersontown Elementary

Jeffersontown Elementary creates proficient learners in all content areas through the use of best teaching practices, creativity, technology, and deeper-learning opportunities. We take pride in our caring, positive culture designed to nurture students as they reach their potential.

School Highlights

  • Gifted and Talented Education and Advance Program
  • Spanish instruction at all grade levels
  • Expanded arts and humanities program that allows students to exhibit talents during annual performances
  • Band; orchestra; visual art; Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM); and a wide variety of extracurricular activities
  • Provides an outdoor classroom
  • Award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that sponsors monthly Family Fun Nights
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Perry Elementary

Perry Elementary empowers and advocates for lifelong learning in a safe and equitable environment. We will consistently engage our school community with collaborative and innovative experiences that lead to success for all students.

Perry will become a school of distinction that focuses on educating the whole child by creating well-rounded, confident, and responsible individuals while rising to high expectations. All students will leave Perry Elementary performing at or above grade level in reading and math.

School Highlights

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Student activities: cheerleading, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), family activities, and support services

Tully Elementary

School Highlights

  • Students provided with enrichment, acceleration, and personalized learning opportunities to explore deeper learning activities that incorporate success skills and increase a deeper understanding of concepts and high levels of engagement
  • Provides differentiated and rigorous instruction in all content areas
  • Ten National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), two Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award winners, Gifted and Talented Resource teacher, and JCPS Music, Art, and Physical Education (PE) Teachers of the Year
  • Offers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Lab by Boston Museum of Science
  • Spacious and newly renovated facilities, including a large grassy play area, multipurpose room, and designated wing for the arts
  • Visual and performing arts opportunities
  • Extracurricular activities: Academic Team, Art Club, Ensemble, band, chorus, track, cross-country, basketball, floor hockey, Girls Who Code, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), cheerleading, and Student Council
  • Strong partnership with parents and the community

Watterson Elementary

At Watterson, we create leaders for life through a positive and inclusive environment that promotes individual growth. We are a Leader in Me school that strives to instill in all students the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, which will allow them to reach their highest academic, social, and emotional potential.

School Highlights

  • Gifted and Talented Programs and Primary Talent Pool
  • National Elementary Honor Society
  • Elaborative English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Mental health counselors and social/emotional counseling
  • Focuses on a positive learning environment and the growth and development of every student
  • Leader in Me school, which is designed to assist students in their social/emotional well-being
  • Student activities: award-winning Academic Team, band, orchestra, student council, technology programs, basketball, cross-country, and soccer

Moore Zone

Hartstern Elementary

It is our mission to provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate experiences for the successful social and academic growth of all students in a safe, secure, and caring environment. At Hartstern Elementary, we recognize that students’ learning styles may differ. We have designed our comprehensive academic programs to capitalize on and maximize each student’s learning potential for success in preK–5 classrooms.

School Highlights

  • A balanced curriculum that ensures student success
  • Monitors individual student growth
  • Collaboration between Title I, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, and Exceptional Child Education (ECE) teams
  • Student activities: band, orchestra, safety patrol, student council, Disney Musical in Schools, Garden Club, Science Club, and Ecology Club
  • Received a 5x5 Fund for the Arts Grant, which is used to host artists-in-residence and arts experiences

Luhr Elementary

Luhr Elementary School prepares students for the future by providing engaging, developmentally appropriate learning experiences within a caring school environment. At Luhr, our motto is: Every Student Counts, Every Moment Matters. We work in partnership with parents and the community to meet the needs of students to ensure that they all can reach their full potential.

School Highlights

  • Offers instruction on various social skills and character traits in order to build teamwork skills and offers daily recognition for behavior through our positive behavior Lion Card system
  • Block-schedule Special Areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM); visual arts; music; and physical education (PE)
  • Arts program enhanced through our participation in 5x5 grants that allow artists-in-residence to work hands-on with our students and offer opportunities to visit nearby museums
  • Family Resource Center (FRC) after-school activities and family involvement opportunities: basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, tennis, Quick Recall, Future Problem Solving, Scrabble, Bricks for Kids, robotics, Girls Who Code, band, orchestra, Art Club, and student Lighthouse Team 
  • Identifies and builds leadership skills in all students through Leader in Me Program
  • Exceptional Child Education (ECE), English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, and additional student support services offered

Smyrna Elementary

The staff, parents, and community of Smyrna Elementary are committed partners, ensuring that our students achieve academic proficiency, develop socially and  emotionally, and create an equitable environment where all students have access to high-quality instruction and a variety of learning experiences.  

School Highlights

  • Uses schoolwide House System that promotes a sense of belonging for students, staff, and families
  • Full-time library media; music; Compassionate Schools Project (CSP); Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) lab, and physical education (PE) 
  • Partnership with the Parklands of Floyds Fork Park Outdoor Classroom
  • Increased exposure to the arts through a 5x5 Fund for the Arts Grant
  • Student-led conferences that allow students to share their accomplishments, areas of growth, and goals with their parents
  • Student activities: Robotics, Quick Recall and Problem Solving Teams, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Extended School Services (ESS), band, orchestra, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and cheerleading
  • Student voice, advocacy, and service-learning platforms supported through problem-based and Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities
  • Exceptional Child Education (ECE), English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, and additional student support for all students through small focus groups in math and reading

Pleasure Ridge Park Zone

Eisenhower Elementary

At Eisenhower Elementary, we are Learners! Leaders! EAGLES! We provide opportunities for all students to help them acquire the necessary academic and social skills to become productive citizens. Our school offers a safe and nurturing environment that supports success for all students while promoting high expectations for learning and behavior.

School Highlights

  • Ranked as one of the top-achieving schools in Southwest Jefferson County
  • Strong parent and community involvement with a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Committed to deeper learning experiences for students through Project-Based Learning (PBL) 
  • Gifted and Talented Program and Talent Pool classes with accelerated learning opportunities
  • Extracurriculars: cross-country, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, archery, golf, tennis, Girl Power, band, orchestra, robotics, karate, drama, safety patrol, student council, art club, Girls on the Run, and academic team
  • Enrichment programs: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab; physical education (PE); art; music; French; and library media
  • Community partnerships: Disney in Schools, Health Promotion Schools of Excellence (HPSE), First Tee of Louisville, and the Louisville Zoo
  • Personalized learning supported through instruction, interventions, Exceptional Child Education (ECE) services, Study Island, Accelerated Reader, and various other digital learning opportunities

Greenwood Elementary

At Greenwood Elementary, our mission is to prepare students to be academically and socially ready for middle school and beyond. We will provide a safe, equitable learning environment, promoting high expectations and high-quality instruction for all students in every classroom. Greenwood will be recognized as a model school for high levels of teaching, learning, and positive school culture. Greenwood students will be collaborative, innovative, global, and resilient ambassadors who positively impact the school and community.

School Highlights

  • Offers Advance Program, Extended School Services (ESS), English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, and research-based interventions/supports
  • Recognized for implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with fidelity
  • Promotes leadership through such programs as safety patrol and student ambassadors
  • Extracurricular activities: basketball, soccer, cheerleading, cross-country, volleyball, band, orchestra, safety patrol, drama, and Academic Team
  • Leading Health Promotion School of Excellence (HPSE)
  • Offers unique family and community events, including the annual Greenwood Color Walk, Fall Festival, cooking nights, dances, and student showcases

Kerrick Elementary

School Highlights

  • Uses classic children’s literature to teach reading
  • Provides a math curriculum and materials that build each student's conceptual understanding of numbers, patterns, and problem solving
  • Offers Academic Team, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, ƒand archery
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and wide range of family support services
  • Offers highly skilled educators who are equipped to provide rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Family events, including literacy and math nights, talent show, festivals, and family lunches
  • Pilot for Compassionate Schools Program (CSP)
  • Active Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

King Elementary

King provides rigorous, engaging instruction and removes barriers to learning so that students believe in their own ability to achieve success. Our goal is that all students demonstrate academic proficiency, develop individual talents, and display leadership throughout our school and community.

School Highlights

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for Multilingual Learners (MLs) with resource teacher and bilingual associate instructor to provide support for students
  • Community events and partnerships: Earth Day community cleanup; monthly family events; Decode Project; ECHO School; Global Game Changers; The Hope Buss; Change Today, Change Tomorrow; and Ladies of Leadership (LOL) with Central High School Magnet Career Academy (MCA)
  • Extracurricular activities: basketball, cheerleading, mini-cheer, Academic Team, Global Game Changers after-school program, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), King Student Newscast, and an award-winning dance team

Sanders Elementary

At Sanders Elementary, our mission is to provide a collaborative learning community that educates, empowers, and inspires all students to achieve and become lifelong learners. We offer high-quality, research-based instruction in order to teach in ways that students learn at high levels, and we promote a positive, equitable culture where high expectations, authentic learning, and support are the foundations that allow our students to be confident, prepared, and kind leaders.

School Highlights

  • Developing leadership skills through the Leader in Me Program
  • Extracurricular and student activities: Academic Team, archery, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, Cross-Country, Girls on the Run, robotics, math and literacy nights, talent show, career day, field day, special fall and spring events, and student award recognitions
  • Specialized instrumental programs: Weisberg Suzuki Violin Program, band, orchestra
  • Special Areas: Compassionate Schools Project (CSP), art, music, library media, and Chrome Lab/Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Student leadership opportunities: student council, Newscast Team, safety patrol, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), grade-level community leadership project
  • Support services through STAR Family Resource Center (FRC), full-time mental health practitioner, and Exceptional Child Education (ECE) implementation coach
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Shacklette Elementary

At Shacklette Elementary, our mission is to educate each student with respect, honoring cultural backgrounds, and to work to promote academic and behavioral success for college and career readiness. Here at Shacklette, all students belong.

School Highlights

  • Recognized by the Commonwealth for implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • A Restorative Practice (RP) school
  • Awarded the Disney grant for musicals in schools
  • Reaching Academic Potential (RAP) Program for K–3 students who may qualify for Gifted and Talented Program
  • 14+ languages spoken by students
  • Focus on mindfulness, movement, and music (3M)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Lab
  • Student activities: Academic Team, basketball, soccer, chess, Girls on the Run, and more
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Wellington Elementary

Wellington’s North Star is to improve student outcomes. We aim to be a top-performing academic institution that provides a caring environment, cultivates a culture of wellness, and instills a love of learning that lays the foundation for students to become tomorrow’s leaders. Our mission is to teach all students the value of Community, Achievement, Teamwork, and Success.

School Highlights

  • Extracurricular activities: team sports, Field to Fork, student council, chess, Academic Team, and Scholar Society
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL) through community service, including Love the Hungry food packaging for victims of famine and the Pennies for Patients partnership to assist children with leukemia
  • Guidance counselor, Family Resource Center (FRC), and school nurse for academic, social, mental health, and economic supports to students and families
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Wilkerson Elementary

Wilkerson Elementary is a community of lifelong learners where diversity is valued and all students belong. We are committed to the academic and social-emotional growth and development of each child. 

School Highlights

  • Recognizes the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, respect, fairness, and citizenship
  • Primary Talent Pool, Advance Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Student activities: basketball, cheerleading, soccer, Art Club, band, safety patrol, Academic Team, and more
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)-sponsored events

Seneca Zone

Cochran Elementary

At Cochran Elementary School, we work hard on Culture and Climate, Classroom, Collaboration, and Community. We are determined to #CTheSuccess on a daily basis as we endeavor to provide a caring, supportive, and inclusive environment for all.

School Highlights

  • Proximity to local universities and performing arts groups for unique opportunities to attend art events and interact with many groups
  • Student activities: student council, safety patrol, drama, band, orchestra, basketball, Girls on the Run, schoolwide holiday musical, chess, crafts, walking, photography, sign language, crochet, and gardening
  • Primary Talent Pool, Advance Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Serves as a partnership school with duPont Manual High School 
  • Signature Partnership Initiative School with the University of Louisville (UofL) and a professional-development school that houses a Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) classroom
  • First-of-its-kind Virtual Reality (VR) Lab so that students can go back in time, travel to historic sites, or sit courtside at a UofL basketball game
  • Receivesa 5x5 Fund for the Arts Grant

Engelhard Elementary

Engelhard provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes practical living, arts and humanities, and the Compassionate Schools Project. Engelhard welcomes the support, interest, and participation of parents in all aspects of the program. Our Family Resource Center (FRC) and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provide numerous services, workshops, and activities for all members of the family to participate in positive lifelong learning experiences. Within our beautiful facility, parents, students, and teachers work together to create a warm and caring environment allowing every student an opportunity to develop to their full potential.

School Highlights

  • Small classes and a full-time, on-site nurse
  • Differentiated instruction for all students
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • FRC that provides many student activities, including basketball, cheerleading, and chess club
  • Offers student council

Goldsmith Elementary

At Goldsmith Elementary, all children will learn. We embrace our diverse culture. We are here to improve the lives of students. Students will transition from Goldsmith reaching their full potential and demonstrating independent problem-solving skills to take them to the next level. We proudly instill the Three R's in each of our students: Respect, Responsibility, and Ready for Success! At Goldsmith Elementary, it is our vision that every day, every student excels.

School Highlights

  • Diverse and vibrant student body and staff representing 60 countries, speaking 25+ languages
  • Places a high value on student and teacher relationships as fourth- and fifth-grade classes loop
  • Yearlong extracurricular offerings: cross-country, basketball, cheerleading, band, orchestra, robotics club, drama club, dance, Step, Cheerleading, Safety Patrol, Student Council, Art Club, Girls on the Run, and Academic Teams
  • Committed to deeper learning experiences for students through Project-Based Learning (PBL) 
  • Special Areas: arts and humanities; music; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEAM); Spanish; library media; and physical education (PE)
  • Gifted and Talented Program and Talent Pool with accelerated learning opportunities
  • Home of the first American Heart Association Teaching Garden in Kentucky; offers students gardening and cooking experiences
  • Home of a well-supported English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for Multilingual Learners (MLs), which includes a Newcomer unit, parental support, and co-teaching experiences
  • Gold-Level Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Program
  • Strong partnership with parents and the community

Indian Trail Elementary

At Indian Trail Elementary, a MicroSociety Magnet School, our Cardinals Cooperate, Always Try, are Respectful and Responsible Citizens, and are Eager to Learn (CARE). We educate all students, encouraging them to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Together, we envision an academically excellent and community-spirited program in which all students are performing at the Proficient Level.

School Highlights

  • National-award-winning MicroSociety Magnet Program offered to students in the Seneca, Southern, and Moore Zones
  • Extracurricular activities: Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Academic Team, robotics, and sports teams
  • Recognized as Health Promotion School of Excellence (HPSE) and Green School
  • Special Areas: arts and humanities, computer skills, physical education (PE), and music
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Klondike Lane Elementary

Our mission at Klondike Lane Elementary is for all students to demonstrate growth through research-informed practices. Our staff is committed to building relationships with, and providing relevant and rigorous instruction for, all students. 

School Highlights

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Site for before-/after-school care through Child Enrichment Program (CEP)/YMCA
  • Community Eligible (CE) School that provides breakfast and lunch at no charge to students
  • Art, music, World Language, physical education (PE), and access to Library Media Center
  • Offers extracurricular activities beginning in grade four (Bluegrass, Archery, Soccer, Minecraft, Student Technology Leadership Program [STLP], Basketball, Problem Solving, Quick Recall, and Written Assessment)
  • Title I, no-fee school

McFerran Preparatory Academy

McFerran Preparatory Academy is a choice school focused on serving the needs of students with varying abilities. Offering a learning environment that emphasizes a structured and orderly setting, our mission is to prepare our scholars academically, socially, and emotionally for middle school. Together, we aim to be an elite academy that engages all students in high-quality learning experiences through a culture of consistency, intentionality, and collaboration.

School Highlights

  • Awards badges for academic achievement, leadership, and behavior
  • Uses a dress code that requires uniforms, including vests and ties
  • Offers basketball, baseball, cheerleading, Quick Recall, Problem Solving, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP)/Robotics Team, Girls on the Run, Science Club, and safety patrol
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Southern Zone

Blake Elementary

At Blake Elementary, we actively challenge, engage, and support every student in meaningful learning every day in order for students to reach their full potential. We focus on instruction that is based on standards and strive to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles. We believe that students come first and offer a caring, supportive school community.

School Highlights

  • Small-group intervention and enrichment sessions
  • Special Areas: art, music, library media, physical education (PE), Compassionate School Project, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab
  • Student activities: band, orchestra, student council, safety patrol, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, drama club, Girls Who Code, Tae Kwon Do, and Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP)
  • Engineering design process (STEM lab), robotics, coding, green screen technology, digital art and graphic design, and digital music
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, Primary Talent Pool, and Advance Program
  • Restorative Practices and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Blue Lick Elementary

At Blue Lick Elementary, we believe that children come first. We provide a safe, student-centered learning environment with engaging instruction that inspires all students to achieve at high academic, social, emotional, and physical levels. Our instruction is standards-driven and researched-based, providing classwork that is both valuable and engaging.

School Highlights

  • Technology, physical education (PE), library, and arts and humanities classes
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Clubs and activities: band, orchestra, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), robotics, cross-country, soccer, academic team, safety patrol, basketball, and cheerleading
  • Character Education taught in all classes
  • Small-group support for all students in reading and math
  • Family Engagement Events: movie nights, craft nights, special lunches, Fall Festival, and more
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Laukhuf Elementary

Laukhuf Elementary is a place where learners become leaders. We believe Laukhuf Elementary provides a challenging education for all students that prepares them for success by developing the skills necessary to become responsible adults in a competitive world.

School Highlights

  • Student Technology Team that helps provide technical support to students and staff
  • Weekly instruction in art and music; Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM); library; and literacy and drama (with focus on social skills)
  • Weekly gifted and talented class for identified students
  • Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), which has competed in state-level competitions for the past several years
  • Award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Enhances arts and humanities instruction by collaborating with StageOne, Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, and Kentucky Shakespeare
  • Extracurricular activities: Academic Team, Student Leadership Team, basketball, cheerleading, chess, Safety Patrol, Girls on the Run, band, orchestra, Art Club, and Disney Play
  • Academic enrichment and interventions before, during, and after school
  • Recognizes student achievements through quarterly town halls 

Okolona Elementary

The mission of Okolona Elementary is to value each student as a unique learner and to provide engaging learning opportunities within a safe and caring environment. Our vision is that all Okolona students will develop socially, emotionally, and academically through authentic learning experiences in order to become productive members of society. Okolona Elementary became a Leader in Me school in 2019 and gained Lighthouse Certification in 2022. This leadership model assists in integrating a culture of character and leadership into our students, staff, and community.

School Highlights

  • Uses an approach to leadership development that focuses on identifying and nurturing each student's strengths so that every student has unique strengths and abilities that can be developed to help them become effective leaders in their own right
  • Focus on the ABCD's: Attendance, Behavior, Curriculum/Core Standards, and Deeper Learning
  • Provides a caring, nurturing environment with a wide range of educational and extracurricular opportunities and a variety of programs: Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Future Problem Solving, Robotics Club, Quick Recall, Chess Club, Academic Team, 4-H, Sport Stacking Club, Kaleidoscope Camp, Safety Patrol, Boy and Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Leader of the Month, Spelling Bee, and many others
  • Uses an "all-hands-on-deck” approach to meet the diverse needs of every student
  • Monthly Leader of the Month Assemblies led by students
  • Provides extra support for students through small focus groups in math and reading, Extended School Services (ESS), and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Student activities: chess club, Academic Team, 4-H, Sport Stacking Club, Kaleidoscope Camp, safety patrol, Boy and Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Leader of the Month, Spelling Bee, and other after-school programs sponsored by the staff members and the Family Resource Center (FRC)
  • Weekly visual and performing arts (art and music), physical education (PE), library, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Offers an increased exposure to the arts through a 5x5 Fund for the Arts Grant, which allows the school to host artists-in-residence and visiting artists

Rangeland Elementary

We are STARR scholars! We are committed to S—Self-Control, T—Teamwork, A—Accountability, R—Resilience, and R—Respect! We are STARR scholars, all day, every day!

School Highlights

  • Student-designed classrooms of innovations with flexible seating options for students
  • Incorporates personalized learning that promotes voice, choice, and pacing for students using standard-aligned instruction and providing all students with a viable curriculum
  • Academics and curriculum: Exceptional Child Education (ECE), math and reading interventions, EL Reading Framework and Jan Richardson Guided Reading, illustrative math, Writing with Jennifer Serravallo, and social studies and science incorporated through reading and math classes
  • Student-led conferences that allow students to share with their parents their accomplishments, areas of growth, and goals
  • Student activities: Quick Recall and Problem Solving Teams, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), robotics, Extended School Services (ESS), band, orchestra, basketball, track, volleyball, soccer, tennis, cheerleading, and Art Club
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Global Game Changer (GGC) School with a curriculum that promotes growth in four areas: expanding social-emotional skills, developing power skills like leadership and character, cultivating empowered and engaged young citizens motivated to change the world, and supporting academic development that leads to a successful and happy life

Slaughter Elementary

Slaughter Elementary offers everything your child needs to become a star student. Our innovative programs and range of extracurricular activities motivate your child to build skills, discover new interests, and develop talents. Our teachers strive to ensure that every student masters all core subjects in order to build a strong foundation of basic knowledge.

School Highlights

  • Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Provides student leadership opportunities, including Peer Mediators, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), student council, and an award-winning Academic Team and Robotics Team
  • Student activities: band, orchestra, cross-country, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, tennis, volleyball, chess, Girls on the Run, Men of Honor, and Girls of GEMs
  • Hands-on science education through outdoor gardens, wetlands, an inquiry-based science lab, and a deeper learning lab with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) kits
  • Award-winning Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practice (RP) school
  • Offers Art Integration in collaboration with the Kentucky Center for the Arts
  • Slaughter 21FUN CLUB is a before- and after-school program for grades two through five that provides a broad array of enrichment activities and extra assistance with core academic subjects, such as reading and math. Students meet after school Monday through Thursday and before school Tuesday and Wednesday. Because 21FUN CLUB includes extra academic support, students are referred based on their academic progress. Adult family members can access educational opportunities through the program too.

Valley Zone

Dixie Elementary

We are a professional learning community dedicated to improving the skills and knowledge of educators through collaborative study, expertise exchange, and professional dialogue as well as improving the educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment of students through stronger leadership and teaching.

School Highlights

  • Intentional small-group instruction for reading and math, Primary Talent Pool, Advance Program, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, Extended School Services (ESS), Lexia Core 5, and Jan Richardson/Jen Serravollo Literacy Resources
  • Health Promotion School of Excellence (HPSE)
  • Award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and excellent Family Resource Center (FRC)
  • Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), band, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, cross country, student advisory council, Men of Quality and Man to Man (M2M) mentoring programs, and multiple reward initiatives/programs centered on citizenship, leadership, and attendance, such as Student of the Week for each classroom and ClassDOJO rewards
  • All students exposed daily to PATHS social-emotional learning program
  • Recognized as an Energy Bus school, which supports social-emotional learning through the positive promotion of a growth mindset as it applies to both school and life

Johnsontown Road Elementary

Johnsontown Road students are proficient learners who are able to make decisions based on reason, compassion, and understanding.

School Highlights

  • Offers scholastic program for Primary Talent Pool and advanced learners as well as interventions and supports for all levels of ability
  • Leadership opportunities, including National Elementary Honor Society, student council, safety patrol, and community-service projects
  • Extracurricular activities: Academic Team (Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving), band, orchestra, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, cross-country, drama club, choir, and enrichment clubs
  • Health Promotion School of Excellence (HPSE)
  • Rates high in parent satisfaction on Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) survey 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, VEX Robotics Program, and Choose Love Social/Emotional Learning Program
  • Partners with neighbor Dynacraft Company for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) 
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)-sponsored activities
  • Provides weekly Blessings in a Backpack to families in need

J.F. Kennedy Elementary

Our mission is to educate the whole child by providing authentic learning opportunities to prepare our students to be global citizens. This work really begins the moment your child enters this world. You, as the parent, are your child’s first teacher, and you play a vital role in their success. We welcome you as a critical partner with us in the education of your child.

School Highlights

  • Primary Talent Pool, Advance Program, Extended School Services (ESS), English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, Project-Based Learning (PBL) School, and research-based interventions/supports
  • Extracurricular activities: band, basketball, cheerleading, Dance Team, Step Team, flag football, Academic Team, orchestra, safety patrol, Girls on the Run, Volleyball, Kickfit Soccer, Quick Recall, Men of Quality Program, and the Young Gentlemen Cub’s Program
  • Clubs: robotics, choir, student council, Podcast Club, Gifted Girls, Garden Club, Kindness Crew, Girls Who Code, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), and Environmental Club
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)-sponsored activities

Medora Elementary

At Medora Elementary, we strive to achieve a nurturing environment that promotes health and wellness, social competence, and academic achievement for every student. We provide a safe and nurturing environment, recognize academic and social growth, and prepare each student for the next level of learning. Medora monitors each student’s performance daily and implements research-based practices. It is our goal to teach the way students learn. Through partnerships with staff, parents, and the community, we will ensure that each student reaches their highest potential.

School Highlights

  • Leader in Me school focused on creating caring classroom communities and cultivating leadership skills in all of our students
  • Primary Talent Pool, Gifted and Talented Program, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Lab and Google-certified educators
  • Special Areas: STEM lab, physical education (PE), arts and humanities, and library
  • Student activities: basketball, volleyball, cross-country, soccer, cheerleading, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Safety Patrol, band, orchestra, Turkey Trot, Field Day, Talent Show, Career Day, Color Run, Science Night, and Math/Literacy Night
  • Award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Full-time mental-health practitioner 

Waggener Zone

Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary

In order to develop lifelong learners, our community at Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School (BFES) will cultivate a compassionate learning environment that sparks curiosity and promotes perseverance in every student. Breckinridge-Franklin uses a rigorous ELA (Expeditionary Learning) and math (Illustrative Mathematics) curriculum that challenges and engages students to meet the depth of the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS).

School Highlights

  • Participates in small class size program
  • Two-acre campus with outdoor play space and new playground equipment
  • Offers related arts classes each week in art, music, library media and technology, physical education (PE), and communications
  • Offers every student an LTE-enabled Chromebook to use during their tenure at BFES
  • Student activities: basketball, cheerleading, band, volleyball, Girls on the Run, Environmental Club, Quick Recall, and Future Problem Solvers (which has won several Mayor’s Cup competitions)

Chenoweth Elementary

Chenoweth Elementary is dedicated to serving all students’ needs and embracing diversity.

School Highlights

  • Offers Special Area classes taught by certified teachers in the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM); physical education (PE)/practical living; library; music; and Spanish
  • Entire wing and an award-winning outdoor classroom dedicated to allowing students to engage in hands-on, creative learning environments
  • Award-winning faculty and Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Reading Recovery and Extended School Services (ESS) Programs
  • Student activities: Academic Team, Primary Talent Pool, band, orchestra, safety patrol, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, Technology Club, WCES, Broadcast Team, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts
  • Offers VEX Robotics, Fit Kids Club, Environmental Club, and Makerspace Club
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Field Elementary

The mission of Field Elementary is to ensure learning for all students through a community of support. We work collaboratively using a guaranteed, viable, and relevant curriculum to ensure that all students will be proficient and well-rounded and have a thirst for learning in a safe and protective environment.

School Highlights

  • Recognized for academic excellence as a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Blue Ribbon School and a Model Professional Learning School
  • Provides distinguished teaching through daily enrichment and intervention programs for students, including What I Need (WIN), Primary Talent Pool, and Gifted/Talented Programs 
  • Provides student leadership opportunities through the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Beta Club, and community-based service projects
  • Support from Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Crescent Hill businesses, and various community organizations 
  • Monthly collaborations with the PTA and Family Resource Center (FRC) to plan family nights, including Fall Festival, Field Trek, Ugly Sweater Dance, STEAM Night, Comic Con, Family Health Night, Chinese New Year, Trunk-N-Eat, and an annual musical theatre performance
  • Mandarin Chinese classes; musical theatre; Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) with 3D printing; library media; and physical education (PE)
  • Extracurricular activities: 3D printing, Quick Recall, Problem Solving, Academic Teams, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), 24-hour film festival, LEGO We Do, Chinese Club, Kicks Soccer Academy, chess, Morning Magic Club, Drama Club, band, orchestra, robotics, and an annual musical theatre performance 
  • Sports teams: basketball, soccer, cross-country, floor hockey, and basketball

Alex R. Kennedy Elementary

"Every Child Matters" reflects our mission to provide an educational foundation and environment that foster positive self-esteem and support learning to help our students become productive, responsible, caring members of society. We strive daily to create a school environment that enhances self-esteem, increases student achievement, and promotes joy in learning. Our rigorous literacy curriculum and inquiry-based math and science programs will maximize learning for greater academic success.

School Highlights

  • Biweekly Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) instruction in a collaborative setting between the lab and classroom educators
  • Friday electives in STEAM, art, physical education (PE), and library
  • Participates in the 5x5 Fund for the Arts Grant in collaboration with StageOne Family Theatre, University of Louisville (UofL) Repertory Company, Kentucky Shakespeare, and the Louisville Orchestra

St. Matthews Elementary

At St. Matthews Elementary, we are committed to empowering the learning and character of our students. We believe that every person matters and every moment counts. Our mission is for students to leave St. Matthews Elementary as compassionate and courageous lifelong learners with a diverse knowledge and a vision for their future.

School Highlights

  • Nationally recognized School of Character, 2020
  • Provides art; music; French; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); and a robust Advance Program/Gifted and Talented Program
  • Offers every student the opportunity to participate in a class musical
  • Named a Parent Involvement School of Excellence by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Student activities: Academic Team, band, basketball, cheerleading, orchestra, cross-country, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), safety patrol, chess club, robotics, art club, and community-based service learning projects
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Magnet Schools

Fast Facts

  • Application required
  • Transportation provided, except for J. Graham Brown School

What magnet schools are in the district?

There are 11 districtwide elementary magnet schools. These schools accept students from across the district and do not fall within a zone.

  • Brandeis Elementary: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet engaging students in project-based learning opportunities
  • J. Graham Brown School: Self-directed learning school encouraging reasoned minds and educated hearts through independence, empathy, innovation, and advocacy 
  • Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary: The Montessori Program is self-directed learning that fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth in all areas of development.
  • Hawthorne Elementary: Hawthorne is the only Spanish Immersion Magnet in JCPS. Every student who comes to Hawthorne will experience a dual-language learning environment in all grades. 
  • Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School: Kentucky’s only public elementary magnet school focused on the performing arts
  • Whitney Young Elementary: International Baccalaureate (IB) school encouraging students to become thinkers and inquirers through the comprehensive and globally recognized IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

JCPS also has five boundary-based magnet elementary schools, Audubon, Carter, Foster, Greathouse/Shryock, and Schaffner, offering the Traditional Program as their magnet. Eligibility is dependent on your child’s home address. The Traditional Program provides a highly structured, back-to-basics learning environment with the following:

  • High academic standards, proper conduct, citizenship, and development of self-discipline
  • Nightly homework and strict adherence to school rules (including dress codes)
  • Opportunities for students to build basic knowledge and gain high competence in fundamental skills

School Profiles

Audubon Traditional Elementary

Audubon Traditional provides a challenging academic program in a structured, self-disciplined environment that promotes traditional values, high expectations, and data-driven instruction. Our reading and math instruction are standards-based, researched-based, and integrated with technology.

School Highlights

  • Active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that donates many hours of service and purchases educational materials
  • Family Resource Center (FRC) tasked with helping students and families overcome non-academic learning barriers
  • Fosters community involvement through such organizations as Junior Achievement (JA), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cultural Arts Assemblies/ Programs, and more
  • Curriculum offerings: art and music, band and orchestra, computer lab, library, chorus, physical education (PE)/health, and science lab
  • Extracurricular activities: ASL, archery, Art Club, basketball, Beta Club, cheerleading, chorus, cross-country, Drama Club, field hockey, Gardening Club, Health Promotion Schools of Excellence (HSPE), student council, and Yoga Club
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Brandeis Elementary

At Brandeis Elementary, perseverance defines who we are! We are committed to providing high-quality and rigorous instruction to all students in a safe and supported learning environment that fosters academic success, social progress, and creativity innovation. We enrich the lives of our students and support their academic growth by providing meaningful real-world learning experiences.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide magnet school
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in interactive classrooms and a one-of-a-kind Innovation Lab
  • Students facilitating their learning by being problem solvers and critical thinkers
  • Sensory Lab to help students explore their emotions and address their social and emotional needs
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL) to promote real-world scenarios and before- and after-school enrichment opportunities
  • Special Areas: in art, music, Spanish, and STEAM 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Extracurricular opportunities: basketball, track, soccer, debate, Quick Recall, problem solving, drama, Robotics, Girls on the Run, and Chess

J. Graham Brown School

The J. Graham Brown School, the Original Magnet School, is a districtwide magnet school for students who thrive in a Self-Directed Learning environment. Our mission is to foster independence, cultivate empathy, ignite innovation, and inspire advocacy within a culturally responsive learning environment. J. Graham Brown School students have the “reasoned minds and educated hearts” of self-directed, lifelong learners.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide Self-Directed Learning magnet school serving kindergarten through grade-twelve students
  • Provides an academic program that cultivates critical, open-minded, and creative thinkers who are willing to take risks and are eager for new knowledge
  • Offers a learning environment that develops compassionate, tolerant, and respectful human beings who value cultural diversity and contribute to the community
  • Grade-level academic performance and age-appropriate social skills that are expected for success in this informal educational setting
  • Student voice, problem solving, and advocacy through Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Student goal setting and self-monitoring of progress through student-led conferences
  • Access to a variety of walking field trips throughout downtown: museums, parks, and more
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Extracurricular Activities
    • Sports: soccer, cross-country, basketball, cheerleading, and volleyball
    • Academic competition: Quick Recall, Written Assessments, Future Problem Solving, robotics team, and Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP)
    • Clubs: Beta Club, Drama (including an annual schoolwide play), and Not Your Stereotypical Kids
    • Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) After-School Enrichment Program

Carter Traditional Elementary

Jessie R. Carter Traditional Elementary has served students in its predominantly African-American community since 1922. Our mission is to set high expectations for students and staff to ensure a safe learning environment that allows all students to achieve at high levels. Carter is a warm, safe place that encourages students to excel in their areas of strength and supports them in areas where they require additional help. Jessie R. Carter Traditional Elementary works diligently to help every student be successful.

School Highlights

  • Active Parent Teacher Association (PTA), donating many hours of service and purchasing many educational materials
  • Family Resource Center (FRC) tasked with helping students and families overcome non-academic barriers to learning
  • Extracurricular activities: cross-country, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, Quick Recall, band, orchestra, and more

Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary

Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary has an educational setting that offers instruction rooted in the Montessori Method and Social Justice. Students are taught using scientifically designed Montessori materials to match individual learning levels. We provide our students with as many community and cultural experiences as possible and relate learning activities to real-world situations so that all students grow, reach their potential, and succeed.

School Highlights

  • Montessori approach to education
  • Provides hands-on and experiential learning that is accelerated or individually paced for optimum educational success
  • Tuition-based Montessori Program for 3- and 4-year-olds
  • Provides many Special Area opportunities to experience the arts, including band, physical education (PE), music, visual art, and Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM)
  • Offers Intermediate students trips to local and regional destinations, such as Pine Mountain, Kentucky
  • Additional instructional assistants support Montessori co-teaching
  • Student activities: Science Club, Chess Club, basketball team, Step/Dance, soccer, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Student Voice Team, Student Ambassadors, Academic Team, robotics, Student Garden, Clucker’s Club (student-raised chicken husbandry), and Writing Club
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Foster Traditional Academy

We are Foster! Our mission is “Touch the Heart, Teach the Mind.” Foster strives to ensure that all students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Together, we will equip students with the skills necessary to lead successful and productive lives, thus ensuring that they are prepared for college and/or the career of their choice.

School Highlights

  • Traditional Magnet Program students on track to attend Traditional magnet middle school
  • Uses a uniform policy
  • Student activities: Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), drama, basketball, cheerleading, dance, orchestra, choir, and Extended School Services (ESS)
  • Each student attends five different Special Area classes each week. Special Area classes: physical education (PE), art, music, library, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Lab 
  • Beautiful facilities on 40-acre campus
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Greathouse/Shryock Traditional Elementary

At Greathouse/Shryock Traditional Elementary, we provide a rigorous academic program in a structured environment that enables students to enter middle school at or above grade level. Our mission is centered on an instructional approach that helps students build basic knowledge and gain high competence in fundamental skills.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide Traditional Magnet Program with a long history of academic excellence
  • High expectations for academics and behavior
  • A focus on core subjects and grade-level coursework in a rigorous academic environment
  • Highly structured, orderly environment that requires strict adherence to school rules, including dress codes
  • Offers a variety of extracurricular programs to students
  • Strong partnership agreement between student, parent, and school
  • Part-time Family Resource Center (FRC) coordinator and full-time mental health counselor
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with many volunteer opportunities

Hawthorne Elementary

We do it in Spanish too! At Hawthorne Elementary, it is our vision that every student will develop into a globally and culturally competent learner. Our mission is that we will cultivate learning experiences in a dual-language environment that will prepare our students to be biliterate, bicultural, and bilingual. We ensure this success with high levels of learning, recognizing and valuing differences in our classrooms through a multicultural educational experience, and partnering with families and the community.

School Highlights

  • The only Spanish Immersion Magnet in JCPS, where Hawthorne students experience a dual-language learning environment in all grades 
  • Work toward earning Seal of Biliteracy
  • National Geographic collaboration and schoolwide Explorer’s Mindset
  • Part-time Family Resource Center (FRC) coordinator and full-time mental health practitioner
  • Extracurricular activities: cross-country, soccer, Quick Recall, Girls on the Run, and more
  • Adopted Compassionate Schools Project and recognized as 2019 Most Welcoming School by the city of Louisville
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and Project-Based Learning (PBL) focus  

Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School

As Kentucky’s first public elementary performing arts school, Lincoln commits to educating the whole child through a rigorous, arts-infused curriculum to best prepare students for future success. Students engage in a variety of arts instruction, including vocal, instrumental music, dance, drama, band, orchestra, piano, and the visual arts. Our performing arts curriculum complements instruction in core subjects while thoroughly exploring the performing arts through an integrated multisensory approach to learning. Primary Program students receive instruction in all areas of the performing arts, while fourth- and fifth- grade students select two performing arts electives for the school year. Parents, students, staff, and community members commit to providing a strong academic, social, and emotional learning environment essential to childhood development.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide magnet school
  • A 40,000-square-foot performing arts wing that includes a 200-seat black box theater, two dance studios, a drama room, a piano lab, vocal and instrumental rooms, and a visual arts room
  • Community partnerships with leading arts groups that allow students to experience professional performances in school and at outside venues, such as the Kentucky Center for the Arts
  • After-school instruction provided by professional instructors from several organizations, including the Louisville Ballet and StageOne Family Theatre
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Schaffner Traditional Elementary

We will provide a comprehensive approach to teaching the whole child through physical, social, emotional, and intellectual work. This will be achieved within a highly structured school environment where high expectations are a daily requirement. To be consistent with the JCPS core values of instruction, we will use manipulatives and engage students in hands-on activities through small-group instruction while facilitating many student-directed structured learning activities. We also concentrate on many foundational pillars of fundamental concepts and standards in rich and rigorous methods of teaching and learning. 

School Highlights

  • Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 
  • Rigorous intervention and enrichment opportunities
  • Offering many after-school club and team opportunities
  • Highly structured learning environments
  • Self-discipline expected
  • Expectation of strong parental involvement
  • Three intervention teachers
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Whitney Young Elementary

Whitney Young Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children ages 3 through 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong learning journey. Our PYP empowers school-aged students to take ownership of their learning and helps them develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a world that changes fast. For more information, visit www.ibo.org. Whitney Young Elementary is a full magnet school that provides transportation from anywhere in Jefferson County. Students have the opportunity to continue their IB education at the district’s other IB magnet schools, Highland Middle School and Atherton High School.

School Highlights

  • First primary IB World School in Kentucky established in 2010
  • Kentucky's only public IB World elementary school
  • Offers all students the opportunity to study French, participate in Global Game Changers, and have a specialized IB curriculum
  • Established English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Full-time Family Resource Center (FRC) and mental health consultant
  • Offers students the opportunity to participate in the Global Game Changers (GGC) after-school and summer programs with no cost to families

Magnet Programs

Fast Facts

Application required

Magnet programs have a specific theme and focus or provide a specialized learning environment.

  • All students applying for elementary magnet programs during the application period, will be included in a lottery for admission. No additional selection criteria or materials are required for elementary magnet program admission. If you’re not initially accepted at one of the schools you’ve listed, you will be notified in the spring of your place on the waiting list.

  • Siblings of current or former magnet program students do not receive preference in the application process. However, applications for siblings who share the same birth date (twins, triplets, etc.) who are applying to a program will be treated as one application. Parents/guardians must still submit separate applications for each child.

School Profiles

MicroSociety

Indian Trail: Seneca, Southern, and Moore Zones

The MicroSociety Program encourages students to become responsible, caring, and productive citizens in a community of their own design. A rigorous academic curriculum aligned with Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) connects learning to the real world, making each student’s education relevant. Student entrepreneurs produce goods and services, elected officials establish laws, judges arbitrate disputes, and reporters track down stories. MicroSociety students are empowered with next-generation skills that are essential to their future, including communication, critical thinking, creativity, initiative, and innovation.

Talent Development

Byck: Districtwide

The Talent Development Program is based on the principles of active learning, multiple intelligences, arts in education, integrated themes, project-based learning, and student choice. Through a combination of an arts-infused curriculum and rigorous academic expectations, students develop academic, artistic, and creative talents. Gifted and Talented services are provided along with differentiated instruction for all Advance Program students

Services for Students With Educational Disabilities

Exceptional Child Education (ECE) services are available for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KARs). Students receive specially designed instruction to meet their needs as described in the Individual Education Program (IEP). Each student is served in the school they would attend if not disabled unless the IEP requires some other arrangement. The ECE Parent Resource Center assists parents in understanding the special education process. The staff helps parents work in partnership with their child’s school. The ECE website offers information on assessment, IEP development, parent resources, placement, programs, policy and procedures, and quick call listings.

English as a Second Language

The Office of Multilingual Learners (OML), located  at 1325 Bluegrass Avenue, serves families who need help with English. The office works closely with students and families to ensure that Multilingual Learners (MLs) attain English proficiency. It also offers language services and facilitates communication between families and schools to help maintain a strong connection in the educational process. For information on how to obtain English as a Second Language (ESL) services, contact the office at (502) 485-3623 to make an appointment.

Please note: You may register your child for school regardless of immigration status and/or a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Contact the Office of Access and Opportunity at (502) 485-3650 for assistance

FAQs

Q: How do I register and apply to schools? 
A: For more information on how to register and apply, see pages 6–7.

Q: What does School Choice mean? 
A:
JCPS offers a school choice system that lets parents apply to the school that best meets their child’s needs and academic interests.. JCPS also offers students living in the Choice Zone the option to attend school close to home or far away.

Q: How many magnet choices can I submit for my child? 
A:
Parents may select up to two magnet choices on the application. 

Q: How can I change the application to a different school or program? 
A:
An online application can be changed until December 22, 2023.  Changes are not permitted once the application period closes. 

Q: How do I find out my resides school?
A:
Use the SchoolFinder tool on the JCPS website to find your school. (See SchoolFinder QR Code.) 

Q: I have applied, but my address has changed. What do I do? 
A:
Call the Office of School Choice at (502) 485-6250 to determine if the change of address will impact your child’s application. Some schools or programs have boundaries. A change of address could mean your child, if accepted, would have a different school assignment. 

Q: When and how will I find out about my child’s assignment? 
A:
Students who apply during the application period will be notified by letter, email, or phone of the status of their application by April 2024.

Q: I missed the magnet application period. What are my options? 
A:
You may submit a magnet application after December 22, 2023, but the application will only be considered if the school has openings for additional students. Students may always attend a school within their zone. (See School Choice QR Code.) 

Q: I don’t live in Jefferson County right now but will be moving there before school begins. Can I submit a magnet application for my child? 
A:
You may submit a magnet application in order for your child to be considered for your school choice option. Students may always attend a school within their zone. You must provide proof of residence in Jefferson County before your child can enroll in a JCPS school. Call the Office of School Choice at (502) 485-6250 for more information. 

Q: I’ll be moving to Jefferson County after school begins. What are the magnet options for my child? 
A:
Students who relocate to Jefferson County after the start of the 2024-25 school year can inquire about a magnet school option at the time of their arrival throughDecember 31, 2024, but options may be limited. Students may always attend a school within their zone. Call the Office of School Choice at (502) 485-6250 for more information.

Q: Does JCPS offer before/after school child care programming? 
A:
Yes, the Child Enrichment Program (CEP) is offered through a partnership with the YMCA. Contact the YMCA for more information.