Atherton High School

  • Atherton High School serves 1,471 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 60% (which is higher than the Kentucky state average of 47%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 72% (which is higher than the Kentucky state average of 56%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Atherton High School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Kentucky for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 10%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the Kentucky state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Kentucky state average of 23% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Top Placements

Atherton High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Kentucky for:

School Overview

  • Atherton High School's student population of 1,471 students has grown by 8% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 71 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,471 students
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Total Classroom Teachers71 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Atherton High School is ranked within the top 20% of all 1,246 schools in Kentucky (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The diversity score of Atherton High School is 0.52, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (KY)
Overall Testing Rank#136 out of 1246 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
60%
47%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
72%
56%
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:116:1
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American Indian
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Asian
4%
2%
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Hispanic
7%
7%
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Black
20%
10%
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White
66%
77%
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Hawaiian
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Two or more races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.520.40
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Graduation Rate
95%
90%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
35%
55%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
4%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameJefferson County School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, KY Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Atherton High School is a public school in the Highlands district of Louisville, Kentucky. It opened in 1923 as J.M. Atherton High School for Girls (at different location). It is named after John McDougal Atherton, a local businessman and politician instrumental in changing Louisville's school system administration from trustees to a board of education.
  • Notable alumni: John Yarmuth, Congressman.

Nearby Public Schools

  • The nearest high school, middle school and elementary school to Atherton High School is Home/hospital (1.0 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Louisville Home/hospital
    Grades: PK-12 | 9 students
    1.0 miles
    3332 Newburg Road
    Louisville, KY 40218
    (502) 485-6054
    1.0 PK-12 9
  • Louisville Peace Academy Alternative School
    Grades: K-12 | 172 students
    1.0 miles
    2020 Newburg Rd
    Louisville, KY 40205
    (502) 479-4180
    1.0 K-12 172
  • Louisville W.e.b. Dubois Academy Alternative School

    1.0 miles
    3332 Newburg Road
    Louisville, KY 40218
    (502) 485-3251
    1.0 n/a n/a
  • Louisville Brooklawn Alternative School
    Grades: 6-12 | 118 students
    1.1 miles
    3121 Brooklawn Campus Drive
    Louisville, KY 40218
    (502) 515-0460
    1.1 6-12 118
  • Louisville Hawthorne Elementary School
    Grades: PK-5 | 463 students
    1.1 miles
    2301 Clarendon Ave
    Louisville, KY 40205
    (502) 485-8263
    1.1 PK-5 463

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