Top 10 Best Nelson County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 18 public schools serving 7,170 students in Nelson County, KY (there are 10 private schools, serving 1,266 private students). 85% of all K-12 students in Nelson County, KY are educated in public schools (compared to the KY state average of 91%).
The top ranked public schools in Nelson County, KY are Bardstown High School, Bardstown Middle School and Bardstown Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Nelson County, KY public schools have an average math proficiency score of 30% (versus the Kentucky public school average of 38%), and reading proficiency score of 36% (versus the 45% statewide average). Schools in Nelson County have an average ranking of 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Kentucky public schools.
Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the Kentucky public school average of 26% (majority Black).

Best Public Schools in Nelson County (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Bardstown High School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
400 N 5th St
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 331-8802
Grades: 9-12
| 658 students
Rank: #22.
Bardstown Middle School
(Math: 41% | Reading: 47%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
410 N 5th St
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 331-8803
Grades: 6-8
| 570 students
Rank: #33.
Bardstown Elementary School
(Math: 39% | Reading: 44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
420 N 5th St
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 331-8801
Grades: 3-5
| 560 students
Rank: #44.
Boston School
(Math: 36% | Reading: 44%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
130 Wilson Creek Rd
Boston, KY 40107
(502) 833-4644
Grades: K-8
| 358 students
Rank: #55.
Bloomfield Middle School
(Math: 32% | Reading: 34%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
96 Arnold Ln
Bloomfield, KY 40008
(502) 349-7201
Grades: 6-8
| 364 students
Rank: #66.
Nelson County High School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1070 Bloomfield Rd
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-7010
Grades: 9-12
| 735 students
Rank: #77.
Coxs Creek Elementary School
(Math: 28% | Reading: 33%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
5635 Louisville Rd
Coxs Creek, KY 40013
(502) 349-7050
Grades: K-5
| 463 students
Rank: #88.
Thomas Nelson High School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
150 Generals Blvd
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-4650
Grades: 9-12
| 698 students
Rank: #99.
Bloomfield Elementary School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
360 Arnold Lane
Bloomfield, KY 40008
(502) 349-7211
Grades: K-5
| 264 students
Rank: #1010.
Old Kentucky Home Middle School
(Math: 20% | Reading: 32%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
301 Wildcat Ln
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-7040
Grades: 6-8
| 367 students
Rank: #11 - 1211. - 12.
The At Horizons
Alternative School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
304 Wildcat Lane
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-7045
Grades: K-12
| 39 students
Rank: #11 - 1211. - 12.
Bardstown Alternative School
Alternative School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1345 Templin Av
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 331-8829
Grades: 1-12
| 45 students
Rank: #1313.
Foster Heights Elementary School
(Math: 11% | Reading: 21%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
211 E Muir Ave
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-7030
Grades: K-5
| 682 students
Rank: #1414.
The New Haven School
(Math: 14% | Reading: 18%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
489 High St
New Haven, KY 40051
(502) 349-7232
Grades: K-8
| 339 students
Rank: n/an/a
980 Templin Ave
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 331-8804
Grades: PK
| 237 students
Rank: n/an/a
1000 Templin Ave
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 331-8810
Grades: K-2
| 575 students
Rank: n/an/a
Nelson County Area Technology Center
Vocational School
1060 Bloomfield Road
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-9096
Grades: 8-12
| 1 students
Rank: n/an/a
1200 Cardinal Dr
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 350-3914
Grades: PK
| 215 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Nelson County, KY

Nelson County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
304 Wildcat Lane
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-7045
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
100 Broadway
Chaplin, KY 40012
(502) 349-7220
Grades: PK-5
| 133 students
219 E Muir Ave
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-7220
Grades: 4-5
| 231 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Nelson County, KY?
The top ranked public schools in Nelson County, KY include Bardstown High School, Bardstown Middle School and Bardstown Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Nelson County, KY?
18 public schools are located in Nelson County, KY.
What percentage of students in Nelson County, KY go to public school?
85% of all K-12 students in Nelson County, KY are educated in public schools (compared to the KY state average of 91%).
What is the racial composition of students in Nelson County, KY?
Nelson County, KY public schools minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the Kentucky public schools average of 26% (majority Black).

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