According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the state has 171 school districts with 1,477 public schools. There are 647,987 public school students with 42,304 teachers. The graduation rate is 91.1%.
In 2017, charter schools became legal in Kentucky, but there are currently no schools open as funding has not yet been approved. However, there are more than 360 private schools to choose from. Magnet schools, online schools, learning pods, and homeschooling are other school options for Kentucky families. Families who choose to homeschool must report some basic information like names and ages of students, but they are not required to provide anything else to the state.
There are 857 local school board seats in Kentucky. Most districts have five elected members per board. Parents are highly involved in the state, with 2,474 of them serving on SBDM (school-based decision-making) councils.