Thursday, September 18th, 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.”

          Picture Day -- Friday, Sept. 26

Bracken County High School is currently forming its Site Base Decision Making Council’s committees for 2014-2015.  This year our committees will include:

1. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
2. Public Relations and Student Incentives
3. Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions
4. Gender Equity

Committees are open to parents and community members.  Each committee will meet monthly.  If you are interested in serving on any of our committees, please contact Mr. Maines through email by September 19th.


Congratulations BCHS  

USNews 2014 Best High School

Paying for College Information Session:

Thurs., October 23 at 6 PM in the BCHS Cafeteria

Presented by: KHEAA

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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: 



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.