Our Affiliated Project: Knott County Central High School in Hindman, Kentucky

Quick facts about Knott County Central High School:

  • Grades served: Ninth – twelfth
  • Average enrollment: 690 students
  • Facility description: A brick building — constructed in 1974 and recently remodeled — includes a cafeteria, an auditorium, a choir room, a band room, a gymnasium, computer labs, workshops and 40 classrooms.
  • School curriculum: Based on the KY Program of Studies and the KY Core Content. To view the school’s state report card visit www.knott.k12.ky.us.
  • FRYSC: Our sponsorship program at Knott County Central High School operates through the Family Resource Youth Services Center. “Working to strengthen families,” the FRYSC is an integral part of the school’s outreach to both its students and their families.
  • Academic schedule: The school year typically begins the first week of August and ends the second week of May. Normal holidays are observed.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided every school day. Sixty-six percent of the students are enrolled on the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Meal program.
  • School activities: Football, basketball (boys and girls), dance, cheerleading, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, Special Olympics, speech team, chorus, band, art, speech, Project Graduation, Career Days, Beta Club, FFA, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  • Medical care: Students’ health is closely monitored. A nurse is on duty every day.

Knott County Central High School is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of Knott County, Kentuckyb. This region of the Bluegrass State is characterized by majestic mountains and quiet river valleys and has been home to generations of hardworking coal miners and close-knit families. However, with the collapse of the coal industry (due to automation, cheaper foreign markets and a decline in demand), this region’s poverty and unemployment rates have skyrocketed. High percentages of school absenteeism, obesity and drug and alcohol abuse are just some of the resulting social challenges facing this community.

In a geographically isolated area where so many children live in extreme poverty because of the failing economy, Knott County Central High School serves as a beacon of hope, providing students with a well-rounded education — the key to rising above the circumstances from which the students come and breaking the cycle of poverty.