By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 94.22
Median home price: $176,960
Is it something in the water? Our lists contain numerous schools on the Ohio River, and Fort Thomas is one of the most impressive. Built on “dark and bloody ground” where Cherokees battled Shawnee and Miami warriors, Fort Thomas has emerged with an athletic record that's as famous in Kentucky as Man o’ War. Highlands High School has won 18 football state championships, and the girls are equally tough, raking in six state titles in cross-country, two in soccer, and two in track.
Academically, the district also dominates. For 15 consecutive years, Fort Thomas has been the highest-ranked K-12 school system in Kentucky. Students average 606/613 on their SATs, 100 points higher than the national average. Parents get high marks for their involvement as well, and 63.8% of the teachers have master’s degrees. Recent success is owed to the young superintendent, John Williamson — his resume includes four master's and an award for Kentucky English Teacher of the Year. He’s currently promoting health: After losing 55 pounds, he set about improving the district’s cafeteria nutrition and began offering classes in exercise science, herb gardening, and dance.
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