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Friday, October 23, 2020

All Five Fort Thomas Schools Score High in Rankings

Samuel Woodfill Elementary ranked #2 in's rankings of top Kentucky elementary schools.

by Robin Gee

Earlier this month we reported Highlands High School earned high marks in the Greater Cincinnati region and, with an A+ rating, it ranks highest in the list of non-magnet public high schools in Kentucky on the school rankings site
In a recent release of more Niche rankings for “2021 Best Schools,” all of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools rated in the top six in the state, and the district, overall, is listed as number one in Kentucky.

RELATED: Highlands High School Ranks High on Niche Regional List 

Out of 168 districts across the state, Fort Thomas Independent Public Schools is number one in both overall academic performance and in safety, and its teaching staff rank among the best in the state. The district scores high in a number of categories detailed by Niche including, one of the best districts in the state and the region for student athletes and one of the best districts for teachers to work.
While Fort Thomas schools have done very well in rankings in recent years, this year is particularly satisfying in light of a challenging year full of change and uncertainty.

Dr. Karen Cheser said she is proud but not surprised considering the top-notch school community. "I know this could only happen because of our phenomenal teachers and staff, talented students and supportive community."

She said the school’s focus on the five Portrait of a Graduate competencies has served to enhance academic achievement. The competencies provide an end goal for each student who graduates to do so prepared for life as a courageous leader, empathetic collaborator, global communicator, curious and critical thinker, and creative problem solver. 

Dr. Cheser says these skills combined with strong academics and a wide variety of extra curricular opportunities in the arts, athletics and more is indeed a formula for success, one that shows up in the rankings but, more importantly, in the graduates themselves.

Karen Allen, chair of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board, echoed the superintendent’s praise of the entire school community.

"I call it the triangle — the teachers and staff, the parents and the students working together to make this education the best it can be."

The rankings, she said, reflect the dedication of those who work for and those who attend Fort Thomas schools, as well as the community, all focused on supporting students' education "in the best possible way." 

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