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Monday, August 17, 2015

Website Named Fort Thomas Independent Best Place to Teach in Kentucky

The Board of Education. FTM file. ranked the best school districts to teach based on teacher salary, experience, and attendance, as well as the district's academic, safety, and resources grade. A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers who are offered excellent support and compensation.

"The ranking as Best Place To Teach in Kentucky comes as no surprise to those of us who work within the Fort Thomas Independent Schools. We have top-notch students, tremendous community support and a culture of high expectations. We share a collective mission and vision which is focused on producing world-class outcomes for students. It is truly gratifying to be part of that on a daily basis," said Superintendent of Fort Thomas Schools, Gene Kirchner. 

Their description of the school system:

Fort Thomas Independent Schools is centered in Newport-Fort Thomas Township, Kentucky. It has 2,864 students attending 5 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 70% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $30,074,000, spending an average of $10,853 per student. There have been 86 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Here are the stats that made FTIS number 1 in Kentucky:

The rest of the list for Kentucky as ranked by

1 Fort Thomas Independent
2 Bowling Green
3 Meade County
4 Murray Independent
5 Beechwood Independent
6 Walton Verona Independent
7 Paintsville Independent
8 Marshall County
9 Corbin Independent
10 Daviess County

How other NKY school systems are ranked:

27 Campbell County
33 Boone County
66 Kenton County
81 Erlanger-Elsmere Independent

Fort Thomas Independent checked in on the list at 595 nationally. Jericho Union Free School District in Oyster Bay Town, NY topped the list national.

Here are the stats that made Jericho Union Free number 1 in the United States:

Niche School District Rankings Methodology: 

The Best Places to Teach ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality, support, and compensation a district provides to its teachers.  It uses data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s own proprietary data, and 4,624,238 opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from 287,606 current students, recent alumni, and parents.

A high ranking in places to teach generally indicates that:

Teachers work in a safe, well-resourced schools and are compensated appropriately for their work;
The district is invested in its teachers and provides a good environment for teaching and learning;
Teachers are invested in the district and the students and work to ensure the best outcomes for students.

Districts Assessed by This Ranking

At the time of calculation, our database contained records for 13,402 school districts. For the purposes of this ranking, a school district is considered to be a district that has at least 100 students enrolled. School districts were not included in the ranking process if they did not meet these minimum requirements. The final ranking results in 12,412 school districts receiving a grade, with 8,841 of those also receiving a numerical ranking.


  1. Outside agencies' ratings are fine, but what colleges graduates actually attend is what counts. Highlands High School once publicized this information, but what now?

  2. Any idea why Teachers in 1st/2nd year is 100%? That doesn't sound right.