Monday, July 28th, 2014


Home of the Polar Bears

Dennis Maines, Principal


Clay King, Assistant Principal & Building Assessment Coordinator 


Tammi Wright, Counselor & AP Coordinator



“Bracken County High School will prepare all students to be productive and contributing members of a 21st century global community.”


Congratulations BCHS  

USNews 2014 Best High School

Bracken County District Home Visits

July 31, 2014

The purpose of the visit is to improve school-community family relations.

   For more information about the visits, contact your child's school principal.

BCHS Back To School Night --

Monday, August 4    6PM until 8PM

Congratulations Bracken County High School

The College Board recently recognized 477 school districts from the US and Canada as being AP District Honor Roll recipients. Included in the 4th Annual AP Honor Roll were 13 districts from Kentucky, 10 of which have schools in the AdvanceKentucky program (up from five last year). The 10 are: Bracken County, Fayette County, Floyd County, Logan County, Madison County, Marion County, Marshall County, McLean County, Murray Independent, and Pulaski County. Each received the award for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

Inclusion on the Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data for the following criteria:

Districts must:

1. Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;

2. Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;

3. Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher


Dual Credit Courses for 2014-2015:

Any junior or senior planning to take a dual credit course next year must have at least a 20 on the reading section of the ACT.  Register at: 



Pledge Against Bullying

With the passing of House Bill 91, schools across the Commonwealth embrace the Golden Rule as a model for improving attitude and conduct of students online and at school. KCSS stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to take this pledge against bullying.


Sign the PLEDGE Against Bullying HERE

ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks

The Benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject-area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses.  These college courses include English composition, college algebra, introductory social science courses and biology.  Based on a nationally representative sample of 98 institutions and more than 90,000 students, the Benchmarks are median course placement values for these institutions and as such represent a typical set of expectations.

College CourseACT Test

EXPLORE Benchmark

 (8th Grade)

Plan Benchmark

(10th Grade)

ACT Benchmark

(11th Grade)

English CompositionEnglish131518
College AlgebraMathematics171922
College Social Studies/HumanitiesReading151721
College BiologyScience202124

On the ACT Writing Test, ACT's research to date suggests that examinees with a Writing subscore of 7 or higher possess sufficient writing skills to succeed on college-level writing assignments.


Starting with the 2011-2012 School year there will be an increased focus on College and Career Readiness.  Bracken County High School will be judged successful or unsuccessful based on 4 Areas established by the Kentucky Department of Education:

1) End of Course Exams (English 10, Algebra II, Biology/Ag. Biology, US History) - these exams are designed by ACT and will account for 20% of your students final grade in his/her class.

2) PLAN to ACT Growth - each student in Grade 10 will take the PLAN test and each student in Grade 11 will take the ACT.  The school will be held accountable for improving student skills in math, English, reading and science.

3) College/Career Readiness - currently this will be measured by student ACT scores or by them earning a state approved certification in a vocational area.

4) Graduation Rate - this will be a percentage of students starting in the 9th grade and graduating in 4 years.

All of the testing will focus around the new Core Standards adopted by Kentucky in math and reading.  Below are some parent guides to explain these new standards.  If you have questions please feel free to contact us here at Bracken County High School.