Excellence and Opportunity
We are high achievers…
We are home to environmental, technology, and reading programs that have received national recognition. Our high schools offer advanced, honors, and AP classes in chemistry, biology, Spanish physics, calculus, environmental science, history, English, foreign languages, art, music and others. Our schools have technology, math, and science labs for experimental and application activities and boast successful academic and quick recall teams.
Our students receive many state and national honors including a recent National Essay Winner, a finalist at the National DECA Conference, and invitations to participate in national forums. Many students obtain Professional Technology and Skills Standards Certifications and we boast numerous AP Scholars, Governors’ Scholars, National Merit Finalists, NHS National Honorees, and scholarship awardees to prestigious universities each year.
Over 70% of our teachers have masters and/or advanced degrees and certifications beyond the master’s level. Our 3 state semi-finalists for Kentucky Teacher of the Year, state Guidance Counselor of the Year, state finalist for the Elementary Science Teacher Award, multiple Campbellsville Award for Excellence in Teaching recipients, Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, state Biology Teacher of the Year, National Presidential Awardee, and state Marketing Teacher of the Year are just a few examples of how Pulaski County’s teachers and staff are proving that they are some of the best. We also provide a Teacher Academy for first through third year teachers that gives the support they need to develop into master teachers.
We are offering education for all….
The Pulaski County School System provides many cultural, enrichment, and specialized programs for students and the community that build on strengths and develop interests. Gifted education and enrichment as well as exceptional education services including clinical, speech, occupational, physical and vision impaired therapists are provided for students in all schools. We offer many vocational educational courses-such as agriculture, business education, consumer sciences, marketing, and computer technology and all schools participate in the School-To-Work program for career exploration, shadowing, mentoring, and work/study experiences.
Exploratory and non-traditional curriculums ranging from JROTC to literature studies are available for students including Pulaski Central, our nationally noted alternative education school that has significantly reduced the drop out rate. Many classes such as speech, journalism, drama, yearbook, media production, and oral/written communication are offered to prepare our students to communicate effectively. We provide specialized teachers and full curriculums in arts/humanities such as instrumental and vocal education, theater/drama, creative writing, and speech/debate.
At all schools, clubs, service groups and extracurricular activities enrich the interests of students. Athletic opportunities such as basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, dance, volleyball, swimming, cross-country, track, baseball, and softball as well as intramural sports are available. Multiple after school programs such 21st Century, GEAR UP, and Extended School Services are available. All elementary school also provide childcare services for families.
Education for parents is offered through seminars, workshops, and informational meetings. Our Adult Education Program provides classes for those pursuing their GED, those who need job skill upgrades, need English as Second Language instruction, or want computer training. In addition, our Golden Age Program provides education and cultural opportunities to our senior friends over 55.
We are the Pulaski County School System located in Somerset, Kentucky, United States.
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Located in South Central Kentucky on beautiful Lake Cumberland, the Pulaski County School System provides quality comprehensive education to about 7,500 students in eight elementary, two middle, two high schools, an early education center, an alternative education school, and a day treatment center. We also serve the community with childcare, full-day preschool, and strong adult education programs through which we offer educational and cultural opportunities to hundreds of adults and children under five. Here are some of the things we are most proud of:
ACADEMICS All Pulaski County Schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and are committed to educational excellence. We are home to award winning teachers as well as state and nationally recognized programs in environmental education, early reading, and technology. Our students receive numerous scholarships each year to some of the nation’s most prestigious universities.
EARLY EDUCATION We believe that a strong foundation is necessary for future success. Our early education efforts begin with our youngest community members at home and continue through our intermediate grades. Our early reading programs have caused national experts to take notice of how we are preparing our children for their educational journey.
OPPORTUNITIES We offer opportunities for our students and community that develop interests and enrich lives. Gifted, senior citizen, after school, exceptional education, alternative and school-to-work programs are a few examples of our commitment to providing opportunities for all interests.
CHARACTER We believe that some of the most important lessons in life go beyond academics. By modeling and teaching positive character traits, we are preparing our students to be productive, contributing members of our community.
TECHNOLOGY Every classroom in every school is networked for e-mail, Internet, and a wealth of other technological capabilities. Our technology programs provide students the opportunity to earn advanced technology certifications and our staff is frequently invited to showcase our technology programs at state and national conferences. We boast national awards for our efforts in making our students some of the most technologically literate in the state.
STUDENT SERVICES We are committed to serving the needs of our children and families outside the classroom. We provide a wide range of physical and mental health services as well as assistance for any barrier our children may face. We have also taken an aggressive approach to ensuring a safe school environment for students and staff through professional training, clear expectations, and preventive services.
RESOURCES With more than a $45 million dollar budget, we provide all our students with multiple programs, instructional supplies, modern facilities, transportation, food services, and state of the art athletic facilities. We are the largest employer in the county with over 550 professional educators providing and 600 additional employees keeping our buildings clean, comfortable, and well maintained; our buses safe and dependable; and our food services inviting and nutritious. We provide these resources at one of the lowest tax rates in the area.
INVOLVEMENT We believe in the power of parent and community involvement and feel it is an essential part of an effective educational program. As a model for the state, our schools boast strong parent teacher associations, organized volunteer programs, and dedicated individuals who have received multiple honors for their involvement in the lives of children.