More than 1,500 children of military Families attend the four schools that comprise Fort Knox Community Schools. Established in 1932, the school system provides a comprehensive program for children of military personnel stationed at Fort Knox. Fort Knox schools are a part of the Southeast District - Kentucky Community, one of two districts in the Department of Defense Education Activity Americas. DoDEA Americas is a division of the Department of Defense Education Activity, serving children of military Families around the globe. The mission of Fort Knox Community Schools is to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world.
Beginning in August of 2017 the school system will consist of Van Voorhis Elementary School with pre-K through fifth grade, Kingsolver Elementary School with pre-K through fifth grade, Scott Middle School with sixth through eighth grade and Fort Knox High School with ninth through 12th grade.
The $26.4 million addition to the Fort Knox High School to incorporate the middle school began design in October 2014. Construction has begun and completion should be February 2018 with the school starting in August 2018. At that time Scott Middle School will close and Fort Knox High School will become Fort Knox Middle/High School.
AdvancED, an organization dedicated to “Advancing Excellence in Education Worldwide,” accredited all the schools.
Fort Knox schools earned high ratings from DoDEA parents and students. Overall, 74 percent of parents and legal guardians and 72 percent of students are satisfied with DoDEA schools, according to a customer satisfaction survey. Parents and students are almost equally satisfied with their specific school, with 75 percent of parents and legal guardians and 72 percent of students rating their school with an A or B. Nationally, 62 percent of parents rated their child’s school with an A or B.
Fort Knox school personnel believe parent involvement increases the chances for academic success. In addition to a scheduled parent-teacher conference and open houses, parent-teacher conferences also may occur throughout the school year at the request of a parent or school staff member. Communication between parents and teachers is highly encouraged.
Students in Fort Knox schools score significantly higher than the national norm on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a standardized test in which approximately 45 states participate. Fort Knox students within the DoDEA system rank eighth overall, with minority students in the system ranking first overall.
Additionally, 100 percent of grade-level scores on the TerraNova test, a norm-referenced test, were at or above the national average in all content areas.
Reports on all Fort Knox schools are available via the DoDEA website, www.dodea.edu/datacenter/research/reportCard.cfm.
The schools operate on a calendar with four quarters, separated by one- or two-week-long breaks. Summer break is approximately nine weeks.
The system boasts per-pupil spending that far exceeds both the surrounding community and the U.S. average. Pupil-teacher ratios are approximately 18-to-1 for kindergarten through third grade, 23-to-1 for fourth and fifth grade, and approximately 20-to-1 for sixth through 12th grades. More than 90 percent of the teachers hold a master’s degree.
Full-time specialists in art, education technology, media information and physical education are available at most schools. Guidance counselors and nursing services are available at all schools.
Fort Knox High School, opened in August 2009, replacing a 1950s-era facility. The $18.1 million school includes 71,510 square feet of space for classrooms, computer labs, a library media center, administrative offices and a cafeteria.
Fort Knox schools participate in the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children, which creates uniform standards of practice in various areas among participating states and helps make transfers for military children from school to school smoother.
Members of the advisory board of education are elected by and represent the parents and guardians of students enrolled in the Fort Knox schools. The five-member board advises the superintendent on matters ranging from curricular to extracurricular and from policies to programs. Monthly board meetings are open to the community, and public participation is encouraged.
The schools provide an appropriate education for all students. Some students have special needs that cannot be met exclusively through the regular educational curriculum. All students ages 3 to 21 with special education needs are identified, evaluated and served through the school system. Related services such as speech, language, occupation therapy, physical therapy and special transportation are made available to special education students who require such assistance.
All schools are fully supported by hardware, software and technology staff at both the district and school levels. Each school has a high-speed network that enables computer users to access programs and files on servers and to share devices, such as laser printers.
Every school has a computer lab, and the larger schools have two labs. The desktop computer-to-student ratio is 1-to-2. School computers have internet access. Every school has a digital network that brings Kentucky Educational Television programs into the classroom. All schools have closed-circuit and cable television programs. For instruction, every school has numerous TVs, VCRs, DVD players, SMARTboards and whiteboards, and projectors. Wi-Fi is available to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world. Media centers allow students to check out electronically the textbooks or any other books they need.
Boys and girls at the high school level may participate in a full program of athletics: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling. Eighth grade students may participate in individual high school athletic programs such as wrestling, cross country, tennis and track and field. Middle school students also have interscholastic athletic opportunities in basketball and cheerleading.
HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER
Fort Knox High School offers a comprehensive program through a wide variety of courses, including Advanced Placement, Career Technical Education, foreign languages — French and Spanish — fine arts and career practicum. The school makes accommodations for qualified students who desire to take college-level classes. The high school, in partnership with the University of Louisville, offers college-level courses for one-third the cost of a regular college class. Dual credit opportunities are available for eligible students.
More than 34 percent of Fort Knox’s high school students take JROTC — an award-winning program that has been named an honor unit with distinction for decades.
Fort Knox High School boasts a 95.6 percent graduation rate. Sixty-four percent are bound for a four-year college, six percent are enrolling in a two-year college, trade, or technical school, 15 percent are going to work, and three percent are joining the military. In school year 2014-15, 35 of the 69 seniors received offers of scholarships totaling just under $3.1 million. Thirteen seniors benefited from their parents’ GI Bill for financial support totaling more than $925,000.
The Fort Knox Community Schools website includes the school year calendar, key programs and services, policies, immunization requirements and much more. The website is available at www.dodea.edu/Americas/southeast/fortKnox.