High School Choices

All Jefferson County Public Schools students graduate prepared, empowered, and inspired to reach their full potential and contribute as thoughtful, responsible citizens of our diverse, shared world.

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 page will help you learn about the special offerings that each individual high school can provide your child and family. With more than 20 high schools, JCPS has varied and differentiated academic experiences for every kind of learner, while maintaining a focus on our three main pillars: Backpack of Success Skills, Racial Equity, and Culture and Climate.

Every JCPS high school has dedicated and experienced teachers, technology for every student, family support services, and engaging after-school programming. These offerings contribute to students' sense of belonging while teaching core skills, like reading and math. But your student will also have a chance to discover new worlds of art, music, or foreign languages as they learn to communicate and flourish in a constantly changing world. 

Our JCPS high schools offer two paths that lead to high academic standards with the goal of student preparedness and success in college and careers. The Academies of Louisville are dedicated to offering meaningful and relevant career-themed learning experiences that directly relate to the world today. Magnet schools and programs also provide students with specialized themes that focus on an area of study.

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 living 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 as they work toward graduation. We hope this booklet will help you determine what’s best for your child and their future.

Let’s Get Started

JCPS has 24 high schools, ensuring that students from all backgrounds can find a sense of belonging. 

Eighth-grade students currently enrolled at a JCPS school will be automatically enrolled in a high school designated by their address unless they:

  • Apply and are accepted into another school

  • Live in the JCPS Choice Zone

Choice Zone students will be required to select if they’d like to attend school close to home or far away during the application window. 

Find out the high school designated for where you live by using the online JCPS SchoolFinder tool. 

Choice Zone students will be required to select if they’d like to attend school close to home or far away during the application window.

We understand families want to have options for their child’s education, which may include a choice other than their resides school. Eighth-grade students can also apply to in-network Academy of Louisville schools, magnet schools, and magnet programs. 

Review the school options for your child, and evaluate how the programs and offerings at those schools align with your child’s goals and future plans after high school. 

What Are Your Next Steps?

Review Options
Review schools with your child, and check to see what programs are offered. 

Choose School 

a. If you choose your resides school: 

  • Current students: No application is needed. You will be auto-enrolled. 

  • New to JCPS: Contact the school (not the district) if you’re new to JCPS. Proof of address is required. 

b. If you live in the Choice Zone: 

  • You can attend either your close-to-home option or a school farther away. An application is required to make your selection. 

c.If you choose a network school, magnet school, or magnet program: 

  • Apply: If your choice is outside of your resides school boundary, apply during the application period November 6–December 22, 2023. Students who apply during the application period will be notified of the status of their application by April 2024.

You may register your child for school regardless of immigration status and/or a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

How to Register & Apply

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

1. Register Online 

  • Students who have previously attended a JCPS school don’t need to register again. 

  • If you are new to JCPS, registration will be required before you can enroll or apply. Register online, in person at your resides school, or at the JCPS School Choice Office.  Proof of address is required. 

  • Once online registration is complete, JCPS will verify your information and will send you an email to complete your application. This  could take up to two business days. 

2. Apply

If you wish to attend a school other than the school that serves your home address, you must complete an application. 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 English as a Second Language (ESL) Office: 1325 Bluegrass Avenue

Important to Note

  • Submitting a magnet application doesn’t guarantee admission, and submitting false information will void an application.

  • Students have the option to apply to a school within their network.

  • Waiting lists are not kept from year to year.

  • Magnet applications can only be edited during the magnet application period. If changes are made, only the most recent changes are considered.

  • Siblings of current or former magnet school 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 magnet that utilizes a lottery will be treated as one application. In these cases, parents must submit a separate application for each child.

  • Students must live in Jefferson County to attend a magnet school or program. If families are relocating, they should contact the JCPS School Choice Office at (502) 485-6250.

  • 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

Resides Schools

JCPS has 15 resides high schools, which are organized into three geographical networks, that serve primary residential addresses. 

If your child wishes to explore options other than resides school, the next option is to look within your network schools. Students may apply to any school within their network. See the map for a list of schools within each network.

Choice Zone Schools

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 freshmen, new students to JCPS, or students with an address change in the Choice Zone must complete an application to make their close-to-home or far-away school selection. There is no default school. Students can update their selection annually

All students may also apply for magnets, in-network Academies of Louisville, and transfers.

The example to the right shows the high school choices of a student who lives in the Ballard High School Choice Zone. This student’s close-to-home option is the Academy @ Shawnee High School. Their far-away option is Ballard High School.

The Academies of Louisville

The Academies of Louisville are career-themed learning communities (such as Aviation, Health Sciences, Engineering, Manufacturing, Culinary, and many more) within 15 JCPS high schools that allow all students to have more hands-on experiences, work with business partners, and connect what they’re learning in core subjects to the real world.

Academies offer a new kind of educational experience, shifting from traditional techniques to deeper learning that better prepares graduates for college, career, and life. Benefits for every student include a personalized learning experience; participation in hands-on, project-based learning; development of 21st-century essential skills; and work experience with businesses like GE Appliances, UPS, Norton Healthcare, and more than 100 others. Throughout a student’s four years in their career Academy, they will have the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Industry and college field trips

  • Job shadowing

  • Paid co-op, apprenticeship, or internships through SummerWorks

  • Earning college credits and industry certifications

  • Postsecondary transition plan and a Backpack full of Success Skills 

Students do not need to apply to an Academies of Louisville school if it is their resides school. If it is a school within their network*, an application to the school is required  and the student must have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for lottery admission. 

*See Pg. 8 for more information on networks.

Magnet Schools

JCPS has eight districtwide magnet high schools. Students throughout JCPS must apply to the magnet of their choice. Submitting a magnet application does not guarantee assignment in a school.

Magnet schools offer specialized instruction of theme-based education that appeals to student interests, talents, and abilities. They also promote innovation in teaching, increased parental involvement, greater student engagement, and diverse student bodies that lead to higher student achievement.

Some magnet schools may ask for additional information as part of the application process, such as a student work sample or test scores. If a school requires additional information, please reply promptly and send the information directly to the school. Applications will be considered incomplete if requested information is not submitted to a school. No additional information is required for applications to Butler Traditional High School and Louisville Male High School because they utilize a lottery system.

School Profiles

The Academy @ Shawnee

The Academy @ Shawnee, which was constructed in 1927 to serve West Louisville families, has invested more than $41 million into renovations to transform our historic flagship school into a model 21st-century learning environment. Shawnee has the distinction of being the only JCPS school offering the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Private Pilot License course, where students can gain the technical knowledge and skills of aviation.

Long respected for our Aviation Program, Shawnee joined the Academies of Louisville Program to provide students with additional learning opportunities in health and human services, automation engineering, graphic design, and aircraft maintenance. The Freshman Academy, a 3DE Model School, supports the Academies by providing students with authentic and relevant interdisciplinary and Project-Based Learning (PBL) experiences.

Along with our Academies, we offer Honors, dual-credit, and Advance Program classes as well as opportunities to engage students in music and visual art. Shawnee offers a variety of exciting opportunities to prepare and empower students for success. Our students will engage in authentic learning experiences that enhance our positive school culture and community. Follow us on social media: @ShawneeAcademy and #SOAR with us!

School Highlights

  • Leadership and teamwork skills developed through hands-on PBL that identifies and cultivates student strengths

  • Career exploration for all freshmen to discover career pathways and receive secondary and postsecondary planning guidance

  • Expanding list of dual-credit courses

  • Flight and Aeronautics Pathway

    • Opportunity for students to take a private pilot written exam and receive flight hours needed for their private pilot’s license

    • Home to Kentucky’s only flight simulator on a school campus

  • 3DE by Junior Achievement

    • Interdisciplinary PBL experiences to increase student engagement, comprehension, and performance

  • Management and Entrepreneurship

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,467

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8326 

  • Address: 4001 Herman Street, Louisville, KY 40212


Atherton High School has a rich heritage of academic achievement and cultural appreciation that spans nearly 100 years. As an Academies of Louisville school, Atherton also offers students exciting opportunities for career-centered, hands-on learning; real-world work experiences through internships and job opportunities; development of critical 21st-century job and life skills; and community involvement.

Atherton is the only JCPS high school that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, which aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity, and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, and unpredictable situations.

School Highlights

Atherton High School has a rich heritage of academic achievement and cultural appreciation that spans nearly 100 years. As an Academies of Louisville school, Atherton also offers students exciting opportunities for career-centered, hands-on learning; real-world work experiences through internships and job opportunities; development of critical 21st-century job and life skills; and community involvement.

Atherton is the only JCPS high school that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, which aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity, and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, and unpredictable situations.

School Highlights

  • Required units within core content areas

  • Honors Program, Advance Program, and IB Program opportunities

  • IB World School

    • Develops inquiring, knowledgeable, caring young people who help create a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect

    • Pre-IB courses in grades nine and ten

    • IB examinations contingent on course completion

    • Offers the academic depth, breadth, and rigor that IB diplomas represent and that colleges and universities recognize 

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,467

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8202

  • Address: 3000 Dundee Road, Louisville, KY 40205


Ballard High School strives to meet the needs of students through the implementation of a disciplined academic environment while building upon a long-standing tradition of “Excellence in Academics, the Arts, and Athletics.”

Each year, Ballard ranks among the top schools in the state for the number of National Merit Finalists and Governor’s Scholars Program participants and boasts some of the highest state assessment scores of all Jefferson County non-selective schools. Ballard students regularly outperform Kentucky and U.S. averages on the SAT, Advanced Placement (AP), and ACT annually. We also offer a variety of dual-credit courses through local colleges and universities. Ballard focuses on providing students with a supportive and rigorous academic experience that prepares all students for postsecondary success.

As an Academies of Louisville school, Ballard offers students access to 12 unique pathways across 3 different Academies. These Academies provide students with career-themed, hands-on, real-world skills and practical knowledge that give them an advantage for college and career success. Students in Ballard Pathways have the opportunity to engage in relevant and authentic project-based learning experiences with mentors from our business partners while earning high-demand industry certifications. 

From our championship athletic teams to our award-winning visual and performing arts programs and a range of academic opportunities, all students have the opportunity to pursue their passions at Ballard High School. 

School Highlights

  • Offers a diverse curriculum program that provides all students with the opportunity for a positive educational experience that is tailored to meet their evolving stages of cognitive development

  • Offers an ever-expanding list of AP courses as well as the Advance Program (Gifted and Talented), Honors Program, and Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Program

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 2,026

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8206

  • Address: 6000 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40222

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.

According to Martha Ellison, the school’s founder and first principal, J. Graham Brown 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

    • Learning environment that develops compassionate, tolerant, and respectful human beings who value cultural diversity and contribute to the community

    • Service learning required and integrated into curriculum

    • Grade-level academic performance and age-appropriate social skills 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

  • Cross-grade collaboration and mentorship

  • College-credit opportunities offered through Advanced Placement (AP) courses, like AP Capstone, and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing

  • College and dual-credit classes offered at local and online universities as early as sophomore year

  • Offers the Ursa Innovation Lab, a makerspace that is available to all students and that allows them to innovate and create learning artifacts and experiences using various technologies:

    • Glowforge laser cutters

    • 3D printers

    • Cricut machines

    • Sewing and embroidery machines

    • Virtual reality

    • Podcasting

Career Pathways

  • Computer Programming 

  • Robotics and 3D Printing

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 232 (Grades 9–12)

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8 a.m./2:40 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8216

  • Address: 546 S. First Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Butler Traditional

The Traditional Magnet Program provides a rigorous academic curriculum in a highly structured learning environment that is essential for maximum student achievement. The Traditional Program contributes to a student’s growth by placing an added emphasis on high academic standards, proper conduct, citizenship, and the development of self-discipline. A focus on the core subjects and an emphasis on critical thinking help students build basic knowledge and gain high competence in fundamental skills.

Our mission is to produce informed, responsible, contributing members of society. In order to do this, we offer a safe and structured learning environment that fosters a positive self-concept and perpetuates self-motivation and high academic achievement. After leaving Butler, alumni can rest easy knowing that they’re better prepared for college and for the life they have ahead of them.

School Highlights

  • Traditional education and rigorous college-preparatory curriculum

  • Honors Program and Advanced Placement (AP) courses

  • Dual-credit courses through the University of Louisville (UofL) and Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC)

Career Pathways

  • Allied Health

    • Skills training and experiential learning opportunities

    • Prepares students for nursing, pharmacy technician, sports medicine/athletic trainer, medical assistant, EKG technician, phlebotomist, and veterinary assistant careers

  • Army JROTC

    • Focuses on citizenship, character, and leadership

    • Emphasis on community service through partnerships with communities and educational institutions

  • Pre-Nursing

    • Prepares students to apply basic health science principles and technical skills

  • Automation Engineering

    • Opportunities to achieve career goals and industry certifications through career-themed engineering courses

  • Teaching and Learning

    • Opportunities to participate in classroom activities

    • Emphasis on construction of knowledge, development of dispositions for teaching, and reflections on teaching and learning

    • Opportunities to learn to design engaging, standards-based lessons and assessments

  • Web Development/Administration

    • Opportunities to create, design, and produce interactive multimedia products and services

    • Courses that cover developing digitally generated or computer-enhanced media and adhering to web standards used in business, training, communications, and marketing

    • Preparation for furthering students’ education or entering the workforce as leaders in a broad range of careers

  • Network Administration

    • Instruction on new administration support skills or upgrading existing computer information systems skills

    • Opportunities to learn how to install networking software, configure software for a simple server environment, connect it to a physical network, and more

  • Management and Entrepreneurship

    • Lessons on planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the functions and processes of a firm or organization

    • Instruction on management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision making

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,432

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8220

  • Address: 2222 Crums Lane, Louisville, KY 40216

Central High School Magnet Career Academy

Central High School Magnet Career Academy (MCA) hosts some of the most talented students in Louisville. Students are selected for admission through a competitive process that includes achievement test scores, grade point average (GPA), personal essays, and teacher recommendations. Central has the second-highest number of Governor’s Scholars in the district, is one of two Kentucky high schools to offer Montessori education, and offers 12 career pathways through a robust career-themed magnet program.

School Highlights

  • Rigorous pre-college curriculum

  • Twelve career programs in the following areas of concentration: business; law; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); health services; and teaching and learning

  • AP Capstone (Seminar/Research)

    • Two-year course

    • Prepares students for academic demands of college

    • Variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses

  • Dual-credit courses through the University of Louisville (UofL), Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC), and Morehead State University (MSU); offers early college opportunities through the school’s medical programs

  • Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC)

  • Montessori learning

Career Pathways

  • Management and Entrepreneurship

  • Marketing

    • Opportunities to learn about buyer behavior and dynamics, principles of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, and more

  • Cyber Engineering

    • Blend of programming, cybersecurity, and hardware engineering

    • Opportunities to research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components

    • Exploration of robotics, electricity, and security concerns

  • Dental Assisting

    • Lessons on patient care, dental radiographs (X-ray photographs), dental procedure equipment, and office administrative functions under the supervision of dentists and dental hygienists

  • Navy JROTC

    • Opportunities to learn about the theory and practice of naval science and life in the U.S. Navy

  • Pre-Med

    • Prepares students to apply basic health science principles and technical skills in the areas of medicine and public health

  • Patient Care Technician/Pre-Nursing

    • Prepares students to apply basic health science principles and technical skills in the areas of Patient Care Technician (PCT) and nursing

  • Veterinary Assistant

    • Courses on animal nursing care, animal health and nutrition, animal handling, clinical pathology, radiology, surgical assisting, clinical laboratory procedures, etc.

  • Teaching and Learning

    • Opportunities to participate in classroom activities

    • Emphasis on construction of knowledge, development of dispositions for teaching, and reflections on teaching and learning

    • Opportunities to learn how to design engaging, standards-based lessons and assessments

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,230

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8226

  • Address: 1130 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40203


Doss students are encouraged to be passionate, engaged, and ultimately, the best versions of themselves. Our mission is to inspire, create, and foster authentic learning opportunities that maximize student preparedness and celebrate diversity.Our goal every single day is to provide the absolute best education possible for each student and give them the chance to feel like a true part of the school.

Student ownership in their overall success is critical at Doss. By attaching themselves to one of our four Academies, students will be fully engaged in an authentic learning experience that travels across all content areas and brings a stronger overall enjoyment to school. Academies offer a new kind of educational experience—a shift from traditional techniques and environments to deeper learning and transition readiness for college, career, and life.

School Highlights

  • Project-Based Learning (PBL): Teaches authentic, real-world problem-solving skills

  • Smaller Learning Communities: Self-selected career academies that function as small teams for a more personalized learning experience

  • Traditional, Advance, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses

  • Dual-credit coursework within each career pathway

  • Preparation for career-specific national industry certifications

  • Work-Based Learning: Authentic pathway observation and employment opportunities in collaboration with local business partnerships, such as GE Appliances, Class Act, UofL Health, UPS, Norton Healthcare, and Trilogy Health Services 

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 945

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8239

  • Address: 7601 St. Andrews Church Road, Louisville, KY 40214

W.E.B. DuBois High Academy

Gender-Specific Magnet for Boys: W.E.B. DuBois High Academy is an innovative school serving grades six through twelve that opened in 2018. Open to all male students, our innovative learning environment offers an Afrocentric, multicultural curriculum that is both rigorous and engaging. Our mission is to engage, eliminate barriers, and empower each young man to achieve excellence. We guarantee that each student will demonstrate growth, becoming more adept mathematicians, readers, writers, and speakers, while also becoming better role models, listeners, and leaders in their homes and communities.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide magnet school

  • Uses evidence-based research and culturally responsive teaching methods

  • Core tenets: literacy, numeracy, social sciences, technology usage, speaking a foreign language

  • Focus on leadership attributes, including perseverance, resilience, initiative, discipline, and empathy

  • Dual-credit opportunities via a partnership with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC), which could lead to scholars earning an associate’s degree upon graduation

  • Early College opportunities for students who have completed and passed Career and Technical Education (CTE) coursework by the end of their sophomore year

  • Business CTE Pathways: Marketing and Hospitality, Travel, Tourism, and Recreation pathways offered; Opportunities to learn how to dominate the marketing and hospitality fields upon completing our state-of-the-art CTE coursework 

  • New Build Alert: Opportunity to join our school now and be a part of history as we continue the design process for our new facility 

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment for High School: 270 (Grades 9–11)

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 963-2600 

  • High School Address: 3901 Atkinson Square Drive, Louisville, KY 40218

duPont Manual

duPont Manual High School is a districtwide magnet school that provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary, diverse learning community that focuses on rigorous academic, technical, and artistic college-preparatory magnet programs.

Manual offers students the opportunity to combine strong academics with specialized instruction in one of five magnet programs: High School/University (HSU), Journalism and Communications (J&C), Mathematics/Science/Technology (MST), Visual Arts (VA), and Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS). The Advance Program is also available for eligible students. Through a working relationship with the University of Louisville (UofL), qualified students in all programs may take college courses for credit.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide communications, college prep, MST, visual arts, and performing arts programs

  • Advance Program and 30 Advanced Placement (AP) courses

  • Highest ACT average of any Kentucky high school

  • Highest number of students selected for Governor’s School for the Arts, National Merit Semifinalists, Governor’s Scholars, Governor’s School for the Arts in the state

  • College-credit classes available through UofL and Campbellsville University partnerships

  • Provides academic classes for YPAS

  • Comprehensive art classes

Magnet Programs and Pathways

  • High School/University 

    • Rigorous liberal arts experience through exploration of disciplines beyond core magnet requirements

    • Demanding college-preparatory curriculum

    • Offers opportunities for AP and dual-credit courses through proximity to UofL

  • Journalism and Communication 

    • Emphasizes real-world experiences and audiences

    • State-of-the-art technology and professional partnerships to help students master communication and media skills

  • Mathematics/Science/Technology 

    • Research-based curriculum of rigorous coursework in life science, biotechnology, microbiology, optics, modern physics, robotics, and computer programming

    • College-level research facilitated through university scientists and engineering mentorships

  • Visual Arts 

    • Rigorous, specialized curriculum incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, and computer-aided design

    • Teaches creative problem-solving skills while surpassing scholastic and professional standards for visual art at the high school level

  • Youth Performing Arts School 

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Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,933

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8241

  • Address: 120 W. Lee Street, Louisville, KY 40208


At Eastern High School, learners discover their talents and strengthen their abilities through a broad spectrum of liberal arts and extracurricular opportunities, cutting-edge technology, and rigorous coursework, empowering them as leaders and preparing them for college, career, and community.

Eastern has earned an award for being a High Performing School in the Unbridled Learning/College & Career Readiness for All accountability system. This award is given to schools that are leaders in preparing students for college and careers.

School Highlights

  • Academics comprising three programs: Advance, Honors, and Comprehensive

  • College dual-credit courses and 23 Advanced Placement (AP) courses giving students the opportunity to earn invaluable college credit while in high school

  • Career pathways offering students opportunities to earn dual credit and industry-recognized certifications and participate in job shadowing, co-op, and internship programs

  • An award-winning arts program encouraging students to explore and pursue the Seal of Arts Excellence through an articulated four-course sequence in visual or performing arts  

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 2,242 

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8243

  • Address: 12400 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243


Fairdale High School has a proud tradition of preparing its students to find success after graduation, whether they’re going on to college or a career. Long respected for its highly regarded magnet programs, such as heavy highway construction and community emergency services (police, fire, and EMS), Fairdale joined the Academies of Louisville in the 2018-19 school year. The Academies of Louisville provide students with real-world experience and learning opportunities in civil service, public service, and global service career Academies as well as a fourth Academy for freshmen.

Opening its present-day school doors in 1958, Fairdale High School graduated its first class in 1962. The mascot is the Bulldog, and its school colors are navy blue and gold. The community of Fairdale, once known as Mann’s Lick, is now considered a neighborhood located within the boundaries of Louisville Metro.

School Highlights

  • Four professional career-themed Academies 

  • Cambridge International school with focus on global problem solving and citizenship

  • Unique support programs like the RISE intervention and enrichment system

  • Mindfulness Program that supports social-emotional needs

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,486 

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8248

  • Address: 1001 Fairdale Road, Louisville, KY 40118

Fern Creek

Our mission is to ensure readiness for college, career, and citizenship. Since 1923, our school has set high expectations for all partners in the educational process to help our students achieve their dreams. As an Academies of Louisville school and a Model Professional Learning Community, Fern Creek believes that each classroom and program should be tailored for each student to reach their full intellectual capacity and to be prepared for postsecondary success. Our Academies and business partnerships provide authentic, hands-on experiences and future career opportunities while allowing students to earn college credits and industry certifications.

School Highlights

  • Freshman Academy

    • Allows students to test their interest in the career pathways available to them

    • Concludes with student decision on which Academy best fits their personalized learning pathway

  • Ivy Plus Academy

    • Connects high-achieving students with nation’s top colleges

    • Provides information, guidance, mentoring, and means to gain acceptance to elite institutions

Academies and Pathways

  • Communications

    • Four core specialized, intensive, sequential courses in digital media, business, and/or technology

  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Skilled Trades

    • University mentors provided through collaboration with University of Louisville’s (UofL’s) Speed School

    • Computer science dual-credit options through partnerships with additional postsecondary institutions

    • Automation Engineering and Mechanical Designer pathways that integrate computer programming, robotics engineering, and computer-aided design

    • Fire Science: Weekly trainings with Fern Creek Fire Department (FCFD); opportunity to earn International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) certification

  • Education, Community, and Service

    • Consumer and Family Management, Culinary and Food Services, Early Childhood Education, and Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) pathways offered

    • Opportunity to earn industry certifications

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,709

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8251

  • Address: 9115 Fern Creek Road, Louisville, KY 40291


Our mission at Iroquois High School is to foster academic strength, emotional resilience, and social responsibility. We are committed to providing all students equitable access to opportunities that are championed by culturally proficient staff and diverse stakeholders.

Iroquois joined the Academies of Louisville in 2018 to offer students the opportunity to explore and prepare for a variety of potential career pathways. Academies allow students to fully engage in personalized educational experiences that encompass multiple content areas and bring relevance to classroom instruction. As a member of their Academy, students enjoy a small community dedicated to supporting their future success.

School Highlights

  • Cultural Diversity: Students from 54+ countries speaking 41+ languages

  • Small Learning Community: Personalized, cross-curricular learning experience

  • Academic courses: Honors, Advance, Advanced Placement (AP), and dual credit

  • Variety of elective courses offered, including courses that earn college credit and industry certifications

  • Create Academy

    • Administrative Support, Cinematography and Video Production, and Mechanical Engineering

  • Builder’s Apprenticeship Academy

    • Hands-on experience in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, welding, and electrical

    • Apprenticeship opportunities with local employers for TRACK pathways students

  • Human Services Academy 

    • Early Childhood offering certifications and experiences that are key steps to students becoming licensed childcare professionals

    • Patient Care Tech, which helps students explore the spectrum of careers in the healthcare industry

    • Opportunities for culinary arts students to gain industry certifications, an understanding of nutrition, and business and service basics related to various restaurant and culinary environments

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,092

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8269

  • Address: 4615 Taylor Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40215

Grace James Academy of Excellence

Districtwide Gender-Specific Magnet With an Afrocentric STEAM Perspective: Grace James Academy of Excellence illuminates academic excellence in an innovative, nontraditional, multicultural, gender-specific environment. Grace James creates transformative learning spaces where Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) are empowered as change agents as they learn a rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum through an Afrocentric lens. Inclusivity and empowerment are at the forefront of our school culture as we focus on social and emotional success through our Collaboration, Resilience, Originality, Willingness, and Narrative (CROWN) Values through a unified sisterhood approach. Every GEM will proudly wear their CROWN at Grace James Academy of Excellence! Ready to join our sisterhood?

School Highlights

  • Utilizes modern classrooms and blended-learning models to offer personalized, student-centered learning

  • Cross-curriculum STEAM focus in core classes with multiple industry partnerships

  • Student voice, advocacy, and service-learning platforms supported through problem-based and Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities

  • An Afrocentric model that teaches students to see the world through multiple lenses and be advocates for others

  • Current Grace James middle school students to be in an accelerated career pathways program (due to exposure to Explore Pathways)

  • Beyond the CROWN: Goal of implementing off-campus internships and co-op opportunities that are aligned with career pathways

Career Pathways

  • Health Science

    • Co-op opportunities

    • Industry-specific certifications and dual-credit opportunities

  • Engineering and Design

    • In collaboration with local universities and community partners

    • Exploratory program aimed at getting students exposed to all engineering fields so they can make informed decisions when choosing a career

    • Engineering certifications and dual-credit opportunities

  • Data Science

    • Collaboration with Microsoft Future Initiative

    • Industry-specific certifications and dual-credit opportunities

  • Working toward implementing the Early College Program

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: Opening 2023-24

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8123

  • Address: 1615 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203


At Jeffersontown High School, students are immersed in the full Academy of Louisville experience. We know that our students can do it all, and we provide them with an array of opportunities to do so. With award-winning arts and music programs, a variety of dual-credit and Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, a wide variety of sports and clubs, and unique work-based learning opportunities, there is truly something for everyone at Jeffersontown High School.

Students will spend a year adapting to high school and exploring career options in the Freshman Academy. From there, students will become a member of a small learning community by entering the Build and Design Academy or the Business and Health Science Academy.

Within their Academy, students will partake in challenging coursework while also learning about potential career paths. They will also be given opportunities to make connections between the real world and the classroom through experiences and collaboration with business partners. 

Students will leave Jeffersontown High School with a sense of purpose and, more importantly, the skills and knowledge necessary to be a productive member of society—whether they will be joining the workforce or furthering their education.

School Highlights

  • Small teams of students and teachers offering a personalized learning experience

  • Advisory opportunities preparing students for entry into the workforce or postsecondary education

  • Dual-credit classes offered in partnership with a variety of universities

  • Advance Program and AP classes

  • The Academy Experience

    • Opportunity to choose an Academy based on career interests after Freshman Academy

    • Real-world experience offered through job-shadowing opportunities, career exploration, work with business partners, work-based learning, and Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1090 

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8275

  • Address: 9600 Old Six Mile Lane, Louisville, KY 40299

Louisville Male

Louisville Male High School is a student-centered, college-preparatory, districtwide traditional magnet high school and one of the top-rated high schools in Kentucky. Since 1856, Louisville Male has been committed to supporting the goals and ambitions of its students. That pledge is reflected in an educational experience that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to create proficient and lifelong learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators within a uniquely structured environment emphasizing student success, discipline, patriotism, traditional values, and service to society. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and challenging precollege curriculum that fosters academic integrity and excellence.

School Highlights

  • Rigorous college-preparatory curriculum in a traditional setting

  • 21 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and other advanced-level courses

  • Dual-credit courses through the University of Louisville (UofL)

  • Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Program

Traditional Magnet Program

The Traditional Magnet Program provides a rigorous academic curriculum in a highly structured learning environment essential for maximum student achievement. The Traditional Program contributes to a student’s growth by emphasizing high academic standards, proper conduct, citizenship, and the development of self-discipline. A focus on the core subjects and emphasis on critical thinking help students build basic knowledge and gain high competence in fundamental skills.

Career Pathways

  • Accounting

    • Opportunities to learn to analyze and record financial transactions and report results to managers/owners

  • Army JROTC

    • Opportunities to build skills in leadership, personal growth and behaviors, citizenship, decision making, health and fitness, first aid, team building, service learning, and geography

  • Computer Programming Blended Hybrid

    • Lessons on designing and creating apps and troubleshooting programming languages

    • Preparation for an entry-level position or continuing education in Computer Programming upon completion of this career pathway

  • E-Commerce

    • Lessons on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands

  • Management and Entrepreneurship

    • Lessons on planning, organizing, directing, and controlling functions and processes of a firm or organization

    • Instruction on management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision making

  • PLTW Biomedical Sciences

    • Opportunities to learn about basic medical sciences at the research level and biological science research in biomedical facilities

  • Teaching and Learning

    • Opportunities to participate in classroom activities

    • Emphasis on construction of knowledge, development of dispositions for teaching, and reflections on teaching and learning

    • Courses that cover how to design engaging, standards-based lessons and assessments

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,999

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8292

  • Address: 4409 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213

Marion C. Moore

As an Academies of Louisville school, our culture stems from our vision that Marion C. Moore will be the school where students want to be, adults want to work, and the community is proud to have their children attend.

We are the largest school in Louisville and proudly have grades six through twelve. Your child can be with us for seven years. This is a unique benefit of Moore’s combined school model. Moore’s Academies include Freshman Academy; Health Sciences Academy; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy; and Community Academy. In these Academies, we currently offer 12 career pathway choices.

At Moore, students will be able to participate in real work experiences with field trips, job shadows, internships, potential apprenticeships, and other work-based learning experiences related to their career choices, all while potentially earning college credits as they go.

Moore has 15+ business partners, and we are adding to these all the time. These partners help advise on our career choice pathways and are up to date with current demands and trends. These business partners also host many of our student involvement opportunities. We encourage you to #KNOWMOORE and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mooremustangs. 

School Highlights

  • Wide variety of electives that most closely align with pathway, career, and personal interests

  • Honors, Advance Program, and Advanced Placement (AP) classes

  • Opportunities for dual credit in academic and career courses and industry certifications

  • Freshman Seminar—Teaches skills that promote initiative and responsibility for learning, effective teamwork and communication, critical thinking, and problem solving along with some real-life skills needed so desperately by today’s youth

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,293 (Grades 9–12)

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8304

  • Address: 6415 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40228

Pleasure Ridge Park

Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP) High School’s mission is to empower students to become dedicated and engaged in their classrooms, careers, and communities. 

As an Academy of Louisville, we are committed to preparing students for postsecondary options, including college and career. To prepare our students for their next step, PRP is intentional in providing meaningful and relevant content and real-world skills that will set students apart from their peers at the next level. 

Along with the four Academies of PRP, we offer the Honors Program and PRP Advance Program. PRP has a long tradition as a top Advance Program school, and seasoned teachers encourage gifted and talented students to reach their full potential. Our Advance Program students are challenged in the classroom and are accustomed to a rigorous curriculum that allows them to be successful in college. 

PRP students have many opportunities to showcase their skills in our visual and performing arts courses. 

School Highlights

  • Small teams of students and teachers offering a personalized learning experience

  • Introduction to extracurricular, cocurricular, sports, and other school-sponsored activities through Freshman Seminar 

  • Opportunities to earn industry certifications and dual credit in chosen career pathway

  • Award-winning visual and performing arts classes, including theatre, dance, orchestra, band, graphic design, choir, and visual arts

  • Access to industry-level lab spaces to practice and enhance skills in a well-equipped, modern lab space 

Academies and Pathways

Business and Communications Academy

  • Learn to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of media programming and film production.

  • Practice the principles and techniques for effective communication in digital design and other formats.

  • Learn the process of developing consumer audiences and how to move products from producers to consumers.

  • Prepare for a career in education. 

Health Science

  • Become educated on health sciences, research, and clinical procedures while being introduced to various healthcare occupations.

  • Learn how to tend to patients in acute care settings and long-term care facilities.

Manufacturing, Engineering, and Design

  • Begin to assist lead welders in the fabrication of steel and metal structures.

  • Learn computer-aided drafting (CAD) to draw building layouts and HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and lighting blueprints.

  • Prepare for a postsecondary Registered Apprenticeship training program while still earning credit for classes taken that relate to the apprenticeship.

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,535

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8311

  • Address: 5901 Greenwood Road, Louisville, KY 40258


Seneca High School is a positive, caring community where staff members and scholars are committed to becoming exemplary models for success in a global society. Our mission is to prepare scholars for college and career goals as measured by the state academic standards. 

As an Academy of Louisville, Seneca is committed to connecting our classrooms to community, college, and career, thereby increasing student engagement and achievement. To accomplish this, we engage students with meaningful and relevant content; provide students with real skills for the real world; guide students in career discovery and career exploration; foster relationships and connections between students, staff, community, college, and career; and empower students by offering hands-on, real-world learning experiences with our community and business partners.

School Highlights

  • Numerous dual-credit and Advanced Placement (AP) offerings

  • Electives, including African-American History, Great Books, Debate, Journalism, Yearbook, Psychology, Creative Writing, Ecology, Forensic Science, and Pop Culture

  • Offers clubs, including Black Student Union, Girls Who Code, GSA/LGBTQ, Hair Braiding, Harry Potter Club, Hispanic Student Union, and Men of Quality

  • Annual Cultural Extravaganza highlighting the food, dance, dress, and customs of the many cultures represented at Seneca

  • Future Farmers of America (FFA) recognized on a national level as a 3-Star chapter 

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,403 

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8323

  • Address: 3510 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville, KY 40220


Southern High School’s mission is to use a collaborative process focused on learning, ensuring that all students develop 21st-century skills so that they will be college- and career-ready.

Southern is leading the way in the Academies of Louisville initiative. We are student-focused, knowing that teaching only occurs if all students learn. Students can expect to be given the opportunity to become successful in whatever area they choose. They can expect their teachers to use a collaborative effort, while being firm, fair, and consistent.

Southern has a community feel and is quickly becoming known for its innovation and concern for all students. Students and teachers alike are gaining recognition for their work on the state and national levels.

School Highlights

  • Four Academies and 13 Advanced Placement (AP) courses

  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Pathway

    • Only school to offer this pathway in JCPS

    • Offers hands-on training while students work in on-site Automotive Repair Shop

    • Opportunities to learn how to safely operate equipment

    • Offers industry certifications and preparation for beginning a career in the automotive industry

  • iGen Academy

    • Offers students the opportunity to gain financial literacy while working at a fully operational Class Act Federal Credit Union branch on the school’s campus (paid summer training program required for this opportunity)

    • Opportunities for full-time careers with Class Act after graduating from the program

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 1,397

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8330

  • Address: 8620 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40219


Graduating its first class in 1937, Valley has a distinguished history, a vibrant present, and a promising future. Our vision is for all of our students to graduate prepared to be compassionate and productive citizens.

Valley’s mission is to be a supportive and diverse community dedicated to meeting the needs of all students through pathways that develop skills to be successful in postsecondary endeavors. As an Academies of Louisville school, Valley offers students a variety of challenging academic classes, exciting career pathways, and award-winning extracurricular offerings. With the help of our community partnerships, our students have the opportunity to work with the latest technology, gain valuable job experience, and develop connections in the career fields of their choice.

School Highlights

  • Business and Industry Academy with pathways for HVAC, Electrical Technician, Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Computer Programming, and Digital Design and Game Development 

  • Health Science Academy with pathways for Clinical Medical Assisting, Pre-Nursing, PLTW BioMedical, and Veterinary Assisting

  • Advanced Placement (AP) and dual-credit courses in social studies, math, science, English, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway courses

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 978

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8339

  • Address: 10200 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40272


Waggener is the proud home of inspired adults and prepared students who are empowered to use their diverse talents and personalized learning experience to benefit society.

Waggener is leading the way in the Academies of Louisville, featuring two career-focused learning communities with eight different career pathways.

A rigorous precollege curriculum complements our career pathway options with multiple opportunities to receive college credit, saving students thousands of dollars in tuition and preparing them with the experience necessary to successfully complete a college degree program.

Waggener offers robust athletics, fine arts, and extracurricular programs and integrates service learning into the curriculum.

School Highlights

  • Nationally accredited Freshman Academy named Model Status through National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC)

  • 15+ business partners offering field trips, mentoring, mock interviews, résumé writing, job shadows, paid internships, and apprenticeships

  • Learning environment that develops compassionate, tolerant, and respectful human beings who value cultural diversity and contribute to the community through service-learning opportunities

  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses and dual-credit courses through four local universities

  • Opportunities to earn nationally recognized industry certification and internship experience through the University of Louisville (UofL), Western Kentucky University (WKU), Sullivan University, and Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC)

  • Opportunities for Waggener graduates to begin postsecondary endeavors with nationally recognized industry certification and internship experience

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 864

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8340

  • Address: 330 S. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207


Western High School is the only JCPS high school to be a full Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet, offering the following programs of study:

  • Digital Design and Game Development: Courses in this program will prepare students with the necessary skills and techniques for designing advanced 3D games and simulations. The courses will provide in-depth instruction on 2D and 3D graphics, animation, character development, texturing, scripting, program design, and coding. Available certifications will include Java, Python, 3D Visualization, and Animation as well as Unity Programmer and Artist.

  • Computer Programming: The Computer Science Program will prepare students to design and create applications as well as provide exposure to the latest programming languages in the industry. Instruction will cover the principles of Computational Science, Computer Development, and Computer Programming. Certifications will be offered for Python, Java Script, Swift App Development, and Adobe.

  • Culinary Food Science: The Food Innovation and Technology Program challenges students to develop skills in many aspects of the culinary sciences.  Research and technical expertise involving data collection and digital technology will enhance the student experience within the food service industry. Industry certifications will be offered in ServSafe and ProStart.

  • Data Science: Students will apply Microsoft software to acquire, collect, store, and communicate data in meaningful ways for potential customers. Students will apply literacy, mathematics, and science concepts using technology to solve real-world problems. Industry certifications will include Oracle Databases, Microsoft Azure Data Science Associate, and AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

School Highlights

  • Emphasis on students earning dual credit

  • Full immersion into the STEM curriculum during students’ first year on campus

  • One-of-a-kind Digital Design and Game Development Center featuring a state-of-the-art Esports Competition Gaming arena

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 863

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 8:40 a.m./3:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8344

  • Address: 2501 Rockford Lane, Louisville, KY 40216

Youth Performing Arts School

The Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) at duPont Manual High School is the most comprehensive performing arts high school in Kentucky, where students have the distinct opportunity to train, learn, and nurture their talent to become tomorrow’s artists. No tuition is required; however, students must audition to attend. Students are selected to attend by a competitive process that evaluates achievement test scores, academic achievement, personal essays, teacher recommendations, performing arts auditions, and an on-site writing prompt.

YPAS is one of only two schools in Kentucky to provide high school students with majors in the performing arts. Students team up with faculty, parents, professional artists, and community members to develop, perfect, and practice their craft in artistic experiences uncommon to any regular program school setting. Students’ success is founded on commitment and discipline applied to the artistic program, and success is enhanced by the school’s rich diversity and understanding of the creative spirit.

School Highlights

  • College and Career Day

    • Annual event

    • College, university, or conservatory representatives who audition YPAS seniors for assignment in postsecondary performing arts programs

    • Provides opportunities to talk with colleges, universities, and conservatory representatives about program applications and auditions and to receive special scholarships

  • YPAS cocurricular performance program

    • Comprehensive classroom learning experience coupled with hands-on performance opportunities

    • Opportunities for all students to participate in after-school performances and touring companies that perform regionally and internationally

  • Offers academic classes taken at duPont Manual High School that complement arts education


The districtwide programs at YPAS are similar to university programs in structure, scope, and instruction. Students are immersed in intensive and expansive professional training on stage and in the classroom that prepares them for college, conservatory, and beyond.

  • Band: Wind and Percussion Instruments

  • Dance

  • Design and Production (Technical Theatre)

  • Guitar

  • Musical Theatre

  • Orchestra: Stringed Instruments

  • Piano

  • Theatre (Drama/Acting)

  • Vocal Music

Quick Facts

  • Student Enrollment: 422

  • Start/Dismissal Time: 7:40 a.m./2:20 p.m.

  • Phone: (502) 485-8355

  • Address: 1517 S. Second Street, Louisville, KY 40208

Specialized School Choices

JCPS offers other school options to meet the various needs of Jefferson County students. For more information on admission to these schools, contact Student Relations at (502) 485-3335.

Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program

Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) is designed to prevent school dropout due to teen pregnancy and parenting. The program, offered to middle and high school students throughout Jefferson County, is available at 1010 Neighborhood Place. Since 1970, TAPP has enabled thousands of young women to complete their high school education. Achievement is a key component of TAPP, with an increasing number of our graduates enrolling in accredited colleges and technical career programs. Being a mother at a young age presents many barriers to success in school, such as illness, childcare issues, and access to medical care. TAPP provides these and other valuable services on-site so students never have to leave campus.

Liberty High School

Liberty High School is a Big Picture School that enrolls students in grades seven through twelve. The programs are designed to support students who need additional resources at their current grade level in an effort to meet academic needs and assist in transitioning to the next grade level. Liberty offers students the opportunity to succeed with a small teacher-to-student ratio, individualized graduation plans, life skills education, internship opportunities, and hands-on learning experiences. Liberty offers classes on a quarter schedule and with block scheduling. Liberty’s classes are offered quarterly, providing students the opportunity to earn extra credits toward graduation.

Pathfinder School of Innovation 

The Pathfinder School of Innovation, JCPS’s only comprehensive virtual school for students in grades six through twelve, has a goal of producing exemplary levels of achievement through research-based instruction and data-driven assessment to provide our students with a strong foundation to pursue a variety of postsecondary opportunities. Pathfinder students receive asynchronous (on-demand) instruction so that they may learn at their own pace with synchronous (live) support and intensive progress monitoring. The Pathfinder School of Innovation works to meet each student’s needs academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally, just as they would for in-person instruction, using digital tools and resources. Advanced Placement (AP), dual-credit, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are available online to Pathfinder students. 

The Phoenix School of Discovery 

The Phoenix School of Discovery is a choice school that specializes in meeting the needs of students through differentiated instruction. The Phoenix School enrolls students in grades six through twelve. Classes are taught by highly qualified educators in a setting that offers a small student-to-teacher ratio. Instruction is further enhanced by technology and interventions targeting students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. The school’s primary focus is not only to prepare students in grades six through twelve to reach state proficiency levels but also to meet the needs of the students where they are and to equip them with the necessary skills to be successful in life after high school.

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 (ML) attain English proficiency. It 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.

Newcomer Academy

Newcomer Academy (NCA) seeks to provide a welcoming and respectful environment that meets the unique linguistic, academic, and social-emotional needs of multilingual learners  in grades six through twelve in the JCPS District. These students typically are in their first year of instruction in a U.S. school. They are usually at the “entering” level (a 1.0 to 2.0 level of English proficiency on the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment [WIDA]) and may have had limited, or interrupted, educational experiences in their previous countries. Students are referred to the NCA by the ESL Intake Center, where all families of a non-English-language background register when they first enter the JCPS District. At the ESL Intake Center, new students complete an English language assessment, and students in middle and high school who score below a certain threshold are referred to the NCA. Enrollment at the NCA is completely voluntary, and parents may waive ESL services at any time. NCA students transition to another middle or high school with an ESL Program once they have achieved a level of “emerging” (2.1) or higher on a WIDA test. 

For more information on the Newcomer Academy, contact the school at (502) 485-6324.

Accelerate to Graduate 

The Accelerate to Graduate (A2G) Program is designed for graduating seniors at Newcomer Academy. The A2G Program allows seniors to participate in individualized coursework. The coursework focuses on project-based learning and achieving competency in content standards in order for students to meet all remaining graduation requirements. To be eligible for the A2G Program, the student must currently be a multilingual learner , be 18 or over, and need ten or fewer credits to graduate high school. 

Learn more by calling the Newcomer Academy at (502) 485-6324.

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 on the Individual Education Program (IEP). Each student is served in the school that 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 here.