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School Support Services
500 Spearhead Division Ave
Fort Knox, KY 40121-6202
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
In order for your child to attend the Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) on post, you must reside in government quarters. Refer questions about this requirement to the Office of the Garrison Commander, 502-624-2749.
DoDEA has changed its Early Child Hood Education programs entrance requirements for all DoD Schools for Calendar Year 2009-2010. Age requirement are:
If you have any questions about exceptions, contact DoDEA.
The Fort Knox Community Schools district consists of four schools: two elementary, a middle school and the high school.
The Fort Knox schools offer excellent curriculums and programs. They offer JR ROTC; FHA; FFA; band; choral programs; a variety of clubs and organizations; track and field; basketball; baseball; soccer; volleyball; tennis; weight-lifting; softball; golf, etc. There are both girls' and boys' basketball, tennis, golf, track and soccer. All the programs are excellent and will offer you the chance to become involved.
Established in 1932, the Fort Knox Community Schools provide a comprehensive program for preschool through high school students who are military Family Members living on post. The four Fort Knox schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Standardized test scores for Fort Knox Schools are available through the DoDEA Data Center.
Fort Knox schools operate on a single calendar. The calendar has four 42-47 day instructional quarters separated by one or two week breaks. The summer break is nine weeks.
Total Quality Education
The school district employs Total Quality Education (TQE), a data driven decision-making model that uses stakeholders and school personnel in determining school district initiatives and processes. TQE has resulted in high staff morale, high community confidence levels, and initiatives and processes that have proven effective due to high stakeholder buy-in.
The school district's Mastery Learning Initiative, a process which provides students additional time and opportunity to learn and achieve at high levels by utilizing a teach, re-teach, test, re-test component; has resulted in more students earning grades of A and B in many subjects.
Department of Defense Education Activity schools provide an appropriate education for all students. Some students have special needs that cannot be met exclusively through the regular education curriculum. All children ages three through 21 with special education needs are identified, evaluated, and served through the school system. Related services such as speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and special transportation are made available to students who require such assistance.
Fort Knox Schools' voluntary half-day program for four-year-olds is called the Discovery Program. The program uses a Montessori-based curriculum. If you have a four-year-old, it is highly recommended that you enroll.
Guidance and Health Services
Guidance counselors at each school work with and advise students throughout the year. Nursing services are available at each school to provide professional health care on site.
Fort Knox Community Schools have been pioneers in the infusion of technology in education. Every school has a networked computer lab and the larger schools have two computer labs. School computers have network and Internet connections. The high school has a distance-learning program. Staff and students have access to electronic mail. Every media center has electronic card catalogs and bibliography search tools. A high-performance Local Area Network (LAN) is operational in each school. In addition, virtually every classroom has access to Kentucky Education Television and to closed circuit and cable television broadcasts.
The school system operates a TV studio to produce original programs featuring instruction, student activities, and community-related events. The studio also trains high school juniors and seniors in all aspects of television production.
Boys and girls can participate in a full program of athletics, including football, baseball, basketball, track, cross-country, softball, wrestling, soccer, tennis and golf.
We participate in the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children.
School Liaison Officer
The School Liaison Officer works in conjunction with Child and Youth Services and the local school community to address educational issues including, home school involving military children. For more information, contact your School Liaison Officer. For assistance with K-12 school questions please contact the School Liaison Officer at 502-624-2305 or DSN 312-464-2305.
The Fort Knox Community Schools system is a part of the Kentucky District, one of five districts in the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools. DDESS is a division of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), serving children of military families around the globe.
The Fort Knox Community Schools are Van Voorhis Elementary School with grades preK-5, Macdonald Elementary School with grades 1-5, Scott Middle School with grades 6-8, and Fort Knox High School with grades 9-12. New students are required to be a dependent of an Active Duty military sponsor and have permanent on-post housing. 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. Athletic programs are competitive, with wrestling, weight lifting, cross-country, and track state championship awards highlighting an extensive trophy case. Schools are supported by significant hardware, software, and technology staff at district and school levels. The new high school offers a wide variety of courses, including Advanced Placement, Professional Technical Studies, Foreign languages, Fort Knox Community Schools, 502-624-2345.
If you wish for your children to attend a private school, you will have several choices here. Please note that tuition for each school is not stated. There are several different rates for each, depending upon whether or not day care and before/after school programs are included and upon how many children there are in the family. Tuition rates change frequently and the school personnel asked that we not publish the rates. They wish to evaluate each family based on their particular situation. For additional information contact the School Liaison Officer 502-624-2305 Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org
For adult education, there is a community college and a vo-tech school in Elizabethtown. There are branches of large universities on post. And, if you are willing to drive 45 minutes, you may attend the main campus of the University of Louisville.