Did You Know: Education in the Georgetown and Lexington Area


For some team members and associates whose jobs are moving to Georgetown, the options for education are very important in deciding where in the area to locate. Because Lexington is much larger, it offers more options, but both cities lay claim to some high performing schools. Kentucky public schools ranked 10th nationally in education performance in 2013. Based on recent statistics, Fayette County (serving Lexington) and Scott County (serving Georgetown) have been two of the higher performing school districts in the state.

Higher education opportunities are available in Georgetown as well as Lexington, and Toyota, through TMMK, is actively involved in technical education in the area.


A Look at Scott County Schools (Georgetown)

Just the Facts: Scott County Schools

Number of students

8,600

Number of elementary schools

8

Number of middle schools

3

Number of high schools

1

Number of alternative secondary programs

3

Per pupil spending (2012 - 2013)

$10,174

Average ACT Score (2012-2013)

20.4

Advanced Placement (2013)

Student enrollment
Exams taken
Qualifying scores

 

1,051
848
480

Percent of high school graduates career and college ready (Kentucky overall: 54.1%)

62.2%

The Scott County School District serves approximately 8,600 students in pre-K through grade 12. In addition, three secondary programs serve the diverse needs of Georgetown high school students – from ninth graders who need help acclimating to high school (socially or academically) to the AP-focused Elkhorn Crossing career and technical high school program. There are also four private schools in Georgetown serving roughly 600 students.

Students at Scott County High School and Elkhorn Crossing School can choose from 19 different Advanced Placement course offerings.  Enrollment in AP classes has doubled to more than 1,100 in the past four years.  Likewise, the number of students who take and pass AP exams continues to climb. In 2013, Scott County students took more than 800 exams with nearly 500 qualifying scores.

One key metric often used in ranking schools is the average composite ACT score. For 2012-2013, Scott County ranked 17th out of the 117 Kentucky school districts, with a mean score of 20.4.

Kentucky also rates schools on the percentage of students that are college and career ready, based on a series of standard tests. For 2012 - 2013, 62.2 percent of Scott County students met the CCR target, compared to 54.1 percent for the state of Kentucky as a whole. Elkhorn Crossing School actually led the state with 95 percent of its students designated as college or career ready.

The Elkhorn Crossing School (ECS) is an extended campus of Scott County High School, offering a curriculum integrated across core content and career-based disciplines, led by STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Students at ECS can focus on pre-engineering, biomedical sciences, media arts, health sciences and law & justice. 


A New High School in Georgetown

Those familiar with the situation in Georgetown are aware of issues surrounding approval of funding for a new, second high school, which is needed to relieve overcrowding. In response to community concerns about a property tax increase to fund the school, the Scott County School Board made a decision to construct the school in phases.

  • Construction on phase 1 is expected to begin in early 2016 at the Great Crossing site adjacent to Elkhorn Crossing School. The plan is to open it for 700 students in grades 9 - 12 in August 2017; designed for the full anticipated student population, it will include a cafeteria and library for 1,500 students.
  • Construction on phase 2 to accommodate 800 additional students is expected to begin in November 2017.
  • If the gymnasium (full-sized and built on Kentucky high school standards) cannot be built with Phase 2 funding, it will be constructed in a third phase after January 2018.

A Look at Fayette County Schools (Lexington)

Just the Facts: Fayette County Schools

Number of students

40,000

Number of elementary schools

35

Number of middle schools

12

Number of high schools

5

Number of alternative secondary programs

11

Per pupil spending (2012 - 2013)

$12,807

Average ACT Score (2012-2013)

20.5

Advanced Placement (2012)

Student enrollment
Exams taken
Qualifying scores

 

1,901
3,689
2,546

Percent of high school graduates career and college ready (Kentucky overall: 54.1%)

58.7%

Fayette County Public School District serves about 40,000 students in pre-K through grade 12. These schools include three magnet schools (two elementary and one middle) that accept students through a lottery draw.

The district also offers a range of specialized academic programs, as well as Gifted & Talented programs serving students with aptitude in the primary academic disciplines as well as the visual and performing arts. There are also 22 private schools in Fayette County, serving approximately 6,500 students.

For the 2012-2013 school year, the 20.5 average composite ACT score of students in the district ranked Fayette County 16th out of the 117 Kentucky school districts.

Students in Fayette County high schools can choose from as many as 20 different Advanced Placement course offerings depending on their high school.  Enrollment in AP classes has increased 10 percent from the prior year to 1,902 in 2011 - 2012, and the number of exams the students took and passed increased as well. In 2011 - 2012, these 1,901 students took 3,689 AP exams, up 14 percent from the prior year, and received qualifying grades on 2,546 of them, up 19 percent from the prior year.

Kentucky also rates schools on the percentage of students that are college and career ready, based on a series of standard tests. For 2012 - 2013, 58.7 percent of Fayette County students met the CCR target, compared with the state average of 54.1


Higher Education Options and Impact

Lexington and Georgetown are both home to schools of higher education. The University of Kentucky in Lexington is probably the best known. It is the highest ranked research university in the state with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 22,000, and about 7,000 graduate students. Transylvania University in Lexington was founded in 1780, making it one of the oldest universities in the country; it is a private liberal arts school with an enrollment of about 1,100 students. In addition, over 12,000 students are enrolled in Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

Georgetown is home to Georgetown College, a small, Christian, liberal arts college. Founded in 1829, Georgetown College has about 1,100 undergraduate students and 350 students pursuing graduate degrees. There are also six other relatively small liberal arts colleges within 30 miles of Lexington.

In both communities, the presence of the universities and colleges makes cultural opportunities and learning experiences available to residents that would likely not be available otherwise. Examples include art shows, concerts, plays and other live performances, as well as the ability to take classes, use libraries and attend sporting events.


Toyota Involvement in Technical Education

Toyota is actively supporting the development of the BCTC Advanced Manufacturing Center, an 80,000 square foot manufacturing technology learning center that will support 1,200 students. Skill areas to be taught include industrial maintenance, electronics, PLCs, electricity, robotics, mechanical drives, fluid power, machining, welding, painting, assembly, stamping, plastics processes, quality control, lean process design, CAD, 3-D simulation, computer information systems and information technology.

TMMK provided the current location for the industrial maintenance and $1.6 million in training equipment. State funding for the project has been approved; groundbreaking is expected in April 2015, with the center opening in the fall of 2016.

TMMK also worked with BCTC to develop the internship program that is being expanded to Toyota plants in other states and to other local (Georgetown area) manufacturers. Twelve companies have provided support and direction through the Kentucky Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education and have recruited and sponsored students for advanced manufacturing internships. This is a great example of Toyota investing in the community in a manner that supports the manufacturing infrastructure and potentially benefits Toyota team members and their families as well.