Fort Knox Community Schools
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 Kentucky District, one of five 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.
The school system consists of Van Voorhis Elementary School with pre-K through fifth grade, Macdonald Elementary School with first through fifth grade, Scott Middle School with sixth through eighth grade and Fort Knox High School with ninth through 12th grade.
At the end of school year 2013-2014, four schools closed due to a decrease in enrollment resulting from the inactivation of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Kingsolver, Pierce and Mudge elementary schools and Walker Intermediate School were closed.
Macdonald Elementary School will remain open, serving students in fourth and fifth grade. Additionally, Van Voorhis Elementary School will close at winter break for the school year 2016-2017, as a new elementary school will open and serve students in grades Pre-K though fifth grade.
The $26.4 million addition to the Fort Knox High School to incorporate the middle school began design in October 2014 with a scheduled construction contract award in February 2016. The construction completion should be February 2018 with the school starting in August 2018.
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.
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 18-1 for kindergarten through third grade, 23-1 for fourth through sixth grade and for seventh through 12th grade, 20-1 on average. 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, which replaced 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 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-circuitand cable television programs. For instruction, every school has numerous TVs, VCRs, DVD players, SMARTboards and whiteboards, and projectors. Macdonald School’s fifth- and sixth-graders use the Nook reader. 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 can participate in a full program of athletics: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling.
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 takecollege-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.
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.am.dodea.edu/knox/fkcsco.
Army Continuing Education System (ACES)
The Army Continuing Education Center is comprised of the Army Education Center with five partner schools offering a variety of educational programs and services for Soldiers, family members, employees and local civilians. The central phone number for ACES is (502) 624-2427. The Army Continuing Education System includes three facilities: the Army Education Center located in Building 65; with two annex buildings in 63 and 1174. You may also like our Facebook page at FT Knox ED Center.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Education Counseling Services are available to everyone and include academic planning, college course and program requirements, online schooling and information about financial aid, scholarships, GI Bill and college programs throughout the country.
The Army Tuition Assistance program pays 100 percent of a Soldier’s tuition cost up to the annual established DOD caps. Schools must be regionally or nationally accredited. TA pays for associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and one certification. Soldiers must apply for benefits in advance through the GoArmyEd portal at www.goarmyed.com.
The five ACES Partner Schools include Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Sullivan University and Central Texas College. ACES maintains offices and staff at the Army Education Center - located in buildings 1174, 63 and 65. College participation is open to everyone.
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) testing program provides many college credit exams free to Soldiers. Tests are administered through a National Testing Center located at the University of Louisville office, and tests scores are available immediately. For more information, call (502) 942-8060.
The Army Education Center manages the Army Personnel Testing program, offering AFCT, DLPT, DLAB and other military tests. Also available through the education center are college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, as well as Pearson VUE’s certification exams. The Army Learning Center located in Building 65, is a 22-classroom facility used for military and civilian training in the daytime and college classes at night.
The Basic Skills Education Program assists Soldiers to raise GT scores and college readiness.
The Army Learning Center, MOS Library and Foreign Language Lab are available to assist the needs of our Soldiers in Building 65 rooms 102 and 105.