Metcalfe County Schools K-12 Breakthrough Models

Primary Contact Name: 
Benny Lile
Funding Framework: 
Grant Type: 
National Planning
Start Date: 
Fall 2015
Startup Type: 
Complete Redesign

School: Metcalfe County High School
Grades Served: 9-12
Location: Edmonton, KY
Operator: Metcalfe County Schools
Operator Type: District
Setting: Rural
Students at Start: 400
Students at Capacity: 460

Hallmark Feature: Online content with personalized support from teacher advisors

  • This small, rural district serving a high-poverty population has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education’s Innovation Network and has been recognized for its successful turnaround of its low-performing high school and now is a “Distinguished School” (top 10% of schools in the state).
  • Building on the success of the turnaround, the district proposes Learn Your Way, a new blended learning model for its high school that would incorporate online content and flexible, personalized pacing.
  • Although the model focuses on high school curriculum, selected students in Metcalfe County Middle School (grades 7 and 8) will benefit from participation in the model via individual pilot classes. Also, online dual credit opportunities with Western Kentucky University will be available for upper level students.
  • Staff roles will ultimately be redefined with each teacher serving as an advisor to 20 students; flexible hours for staff will allow the school building to be fully operational from 7am to 5pm, with evening hours once a week.