Pike is "Distinguished District"

Superintendent Reed Adkins and Asst. Superintendent Freddie Bowling at the Test Scores News conference

Superintendent Reed Adkins announced the classification of Pike Schools while Asst. Superintendent Freddie Bowling looked on.

Angie Lester is the Principal of a top ten elementary school in the state...Phelps Elementary ranks Number 7 in recent state test results.

Angie Lester is Principal of a Top Ten Elementary School in the State...Phelps Elementary

“Pike School District is “Distinguished”

“We are going to celebrate…then we’re going to get back to work.” So said Superintendent Reed Adkins at a news conference on Tuesday announcing that the Pike County School District has attained the highest classification that can be obtained in a Kentucky School District, that of “Distinguished.”

Phelps Elementary School, with a score of 90.0 was among the top ten elementary schools in the state, ranking number seven. The District also had three schools that were among the top ten in the state with the largest gains. Phelps High School made the largest gain in the state among high schools with an increase of 17 points and an overall score of 79.9. Blackberry Elementary made the fifth greatest gain in elementary schools, increasing by 25.3 points with an overall score of 85.6. Millard School was number five in the state for the most gain in middle schools with an increase of 20.8 and an overall score of 74.4.

Adkins emphasized the focus of the district was and will continue to be on the students. “We are their chance, we are their opportunity,” he said. All facets of the schools and communities have “bought into,” the attitude and the mission of the schools, Adkins noted. “We’re not complacent. We’re on the cutting edge.”

The District is technically classified as “Distinguished/Progressing.” In addition to that achievement, twelve schools were classified as Distinguished/Progressing and Schools of Distinction. Nineteen schools were listed as Distinguished, five were classified as proficient and only two schools were identified as “needs improvement” schools. Following are the schools in their categories, scores and designations:


Phelps Elementary School led the elementary schools with an overall score of 90.0. It is a Distinguished/Progressing/School of Distinction. Elkhorn City Elementary was next with an overall of 86.5 and classified as Distinguished/ Progressing/School of Distinction. Blackberry Elementary scored 85.6 for a classification of Distinguished/Progressing/School of Distinction/High Progress School. Dorton Elementary with 83.2 and Valley Elementary with 82.4 were both Distinguished/ Progressing/Schools of Distinction.

Johns Creek with 76.8 and Millard School with 76.4 were both Distinguished/

Progressing/ Schools of Distinction/High Progress Schools. Kimper Elementary at 76.0 was a Distinguished School; Bevins Elementary with 75.7 was a Distinguished/

Progressing/High Preforming/High Progress School; Mullins School at 73.4 was a Distinguished/Progressing/High Performing School. Southside Elementary with 71.1 was a Proficient/Progressing School; and Feds Creek Elementary at 69.9 was a Proficient and a Focus School.


          The following middle schools were classified as Distinguished/Progressing/ Schools of Distinction: Valley with a score of 80.4; Mullins- 77.9; Feds Creek 77.1; and Dorton- 76.9. Millard School at 74.4 was a Distinguished/ Progressing/School of Distinction/High Progress School. Johns Creek at 72.2 and Elkhorn City at 70.4 were both Distinguished Schools. Phelps High with 66.7 was Proficient, Progressing/ High Progress; Kimper Elementary at 66.3 was Proficient;and Belfry Middle at 65.4 was Needs Improvement.


Phelps High at 79.9 led the high schools as a Distinguished/Progressing/ Focus School/Progress School; Shelby Valley at 77.6 was Distinguished; Pike Central with 71.5 was Proficient/Progressing; East Ridge with 71.3 was Proficient;and Belfry High with 67.7 was Needs Improvement/Focus School.

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