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When a new report issued last week by the Kentucky Department of Education showed that Covington's Holmes High School ranks last in the region in college-bound graduates, the news was more disheartening because it came in the form of a release that boasted of Kentucky's record number of college-bound students. The fact that Holmes scored as poorly as it did is evidenced by supporting data released by the Department. The school is below the state average in every academic category and above it in each example of poverty. Looking at the details, Holmes and its similarly-situated neighbor, Newport High School, have similar results, while Scott High School in Taylor Mill (which serves South Covington and parts of Latonia) fares better (though with disappointing numbers as well).
Take a look at the data from the Class of 2010 (the most recent available):
AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL GPA ON 4.0 SCALE
Note: Kenton County (which includes Scott, Dixie Heights, and Simon Kenton had a cumulative average of 2.85)
PERCENT QUALIFYING FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCH
AVERAGE COMPOSITE ACT SCORE ON 36 POINT SCALE
ACT SCORE BY SUBJECT MATTER
(The overall percentage for the three Kenton County Schools is 66.2%)
Holmes had 56 2010 graduates head for college, of which 62.5% enrolled at a 4-year public university (26 of whom enrolled at NKU) while 26.8% enrolled at a 2-year school (15 of whom enrolled at Gateway).
Read the full reports (PDFs) at the respective links:
Holmes Click Here
Newport Click Here
Scott Click Here
Or to search the entire state database Click Here