Monday, January 15, 2018

Fort Thomas Independent Schools District Named Best in the State



Fort Thomas Independent Schools have been named the best school district in Kentucky for 2018, according to Niche.com.

According to the site, the ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. A full explanation of the calculation is listed below.

With over 3,000 students and five schools, the district has long been known as an academic leader throughout the state but that's not stopping district administrators who want their students to be known as global leaders.

In fact, they have adopted a hashtag for the school year that personifies that goal: #FTISGlobalLeaders. 

Niche gave Fort Thomas Independent Schools an A+ for "Academics", an A+ for "Teachers" and an A for "Health & Safety".



Looking at how they stack up regionally and nationally, the district still ranks highly. Of the 10,541 school districts in the nation, Fort Thomas Independent Schools are ranked #139 which puts them in the top 1% of all schools nationally.

For a full list of the Niche report card, you can read that here. 



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1 comment:

  1. Cracks In The Cakeeater Facade.....
    Wait just one minute.....Fort Thomas Schools are nearly perfect students, prepared by their parents to arrive at school rested, nourished, respectful of themselves and others and focused daily on achieving their personal best, combined with stellar, profoundly dedicated faculty, administration and staff, combined with exemplary community support, notably the Education Foundation and astonishingly supportive taxpayers, in order to achieve Blue Ribbon results by every student whose parents have the good sense to live here and enroll their children in FTIS. Bravo!
    But on a cautionary note, however, we, as parents, need to ALL do a better job of teaching exemplary compassion and love of our fellow man, like we teach commitment to academics. WWJD? Not this. The counter-intuitive C- for diversity provides a critical clue regarding our Achilles Heel as a District and a community.
    Although I was raised, outside Ft. Thomas, to use "Cakeeater" as a derogatory label, I came to appreciate it, over these 20 years, as a compliment by virtue of many of my experiences and many of those of my children in pursuit of the "Cakeeater" dream.
    The net effect has been that I have also become all too aware that self-confidence also breeds arrogance, egocentrism, ethnocentrism, brutal insensitivity, condescension, disrespect and even disdain toward our peers, colleagues and the human race, to a disturbing degree.
    I found evidence of this darker side during the course of my involvement with City Council's Public Safety Committee, the Johnson Elementary School Council and FTIS Board service. My children found it as a rude awakening as they completed their K-12 experience. When cliques and catty, exclusionary vitriol trumps life-long friendships and the common ground of fighting the good fight together, we've got big problems, right here in River City, with the deficit of character that we are allowing to be cultivated along side academic excellence. We cease being the genuine article and relegate ourselves to being a counterfeit facsimile of character. Outsiders like to say that this dynamic is a function of us all being wealthy, but that's not it. It's the self-anointed aristocratic mentality that is simply derived by virtue of being a "Cakeeater", especially one born of multi-generational "Cakeeater" lineage. Example is the best teacher and our example, as adults, is falling discernibly short.
    When long-term and even life-long friends betray one another with ice-cold indifference, when learners at the AP level are positioned to denigrate those who are not, (yet) at the AP level, when "boys will be boys" is touted as a free pass for boys to compromise the well-being of the girls among their peers, we are kidding ourselves with the belief that we have scored a child development touchdown. The incubator of Harvey Weinsteinism starts right here and the denigration of women is only one element of the sort of arrogance that I am getting at here.
    Perhaps we would argue that our lack of diversity is precisely the reason that we crank out such overtly successful students and citizens? Perhaps it's exactly because we are not burdened, or at least, less burdened, with life challenges, that we can rise to new heights and ring the bell of success?
    Having the self-confidence to pursue life, learning and life-long learning, to execute our own version of a perpetual personal best trajectory of lifetime accomplishment, to cultivate a "Growth Mindset", these are not crimes, but being so wrapped up in ourselves and "our kind" that we turn on our peers and on our fellow man, at large, constitutes crimes against who we say that we wish to be: Nearly perfect in every way.
    Being a "Cakeeater" is not presently the panacea that we would like to think it to be - at least not yet - and that is an unacceptable byproduct with which we must diligently contend if we are to live up to our billing in the press.

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