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For the second consecutive year, Bardstown High School has been named to the U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings.

The rankings are compiled annually covering data from more than 24,000 public high schools across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
At the state level, Bardstown High School came in at 30/380 scored schools in the rankings (Top 8%) and 2,824/17,792 (Top 15%) in the country. For Bardstown High School’s complete U.S. News Report Card click the link here for your review.

The high school earned a “Best” ranking, a commendation reserved for the top 40% of schools in this ranking program. U.S. News “Best” badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in U.S. education.

At its core, the rankings are comprised using a methodology from the North Carolina-based-RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. The model measures six key components as a part of its rankings and are as follows:
  • College readiness (30% of the ranking): The percentage of 12th graders  who took at least one AP or IB exam during high school and the percentage of 12th graders who passed at least one AP or IB exam in high school. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.
  • College curriculum breadth (10%): The percentage of 12th graders who took a wide variety of AP and IB courses across the multiple disciplines and the percentage of 12th graders who passed them. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.
  • Reading and math proficiency (20%): Measures how well students scored on state assessments that measure proficiency in reading and mathematics. Passing these assessments can be required for graduation. Examples of assessments include K-PREP or ACT be in Kentucky.
  • Reading and math performance (20%): The difference between how students performed on state assessments and what U.S. News predicted based on a school’s student body. U.S. News’ modeling across all 50 states and the District of Columbia indicates that the proportions of students who receive subsidized school lunch, are black and are Hispanic, are highly predictive of a school’s reading and math scores.
  • Underserved student performance (10%): How well the student population receives subsidized school lunch, and black and Hispanic populations perform on state assessments relative to statewide performance among students not in those subgroups.
  • Graduation rate (10%): For the 2020 rankings, the graduation rate corresponds to the 2018 graduation cohort who would have entered ninth grade in the 2014-15 school year. The high school graduation rates were collected directly from each state along with the math and reading assessment data. (source

Bardstown High School offers a robust, student-centered selection of opportunities to prepare students for a career in the workforce, military, college and beyond. Through innovative teaching and offerings, our students enjoy their education journey and are better prepared for their future. 

When it comes to students exploring the careers of tomorrow, Bardstown High School is home to 41 College Credit offerings, 18 different career and technical pathways, a national award winning Future Business Leaders of America program, robotics club, and plans to formally launch a health science pathway in the fall of 2020. Additionally, students embark on internships and apprenticeships at businesses across Nelson County.

Most importantly, Bardstown High School is a proud vibrant community where diversity is not only embraced but celebrated. Students come from many backgrounds and cultures. Through special education and gifted and talented programs, we help ensure that students are provided with services and opportunities that help them advance to their highest levels. Our school community is focused on growing students into ethical global citizens that can demonstrate empathy, compassion, and respect for others.

For more information on the K-12 offerings at Bardstown City Schools please visit

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