In this region it’s not who you know, it’s what you know. And your opportunities to know more are practically limitless. Greater Louisville has amazingly progressive libraries, innovative schools, and front-running colleges and universities. It’s the kind of place that’s open for the exploration — not only of the world around you, but also the world within you.
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The shelves, the servers and other resources of Louisville’s libraries make up one big map – the information you need to navigate intelligently (and enjoyably) through Greater Louisville.
The Louisville Free Public Library circulates more than four million books, videos, DVDs and CDS every year; the summer reading program involves more than 30,000 kids. With the ability to request books online, most of its collection is within reach of your nearest branch. (The library’s website also gives users access to scores of databases from their home computers.)
It isn’t only about the books, though. The Main Library also serves as an intriguing exhibit space, and as a venue for speeches, meetings, classes, story times, even concerts. Its computers (and those at the 18 branches) are the chief source of free internet access in town.
And the public library is only one of the intellectual resources available and convenient to every citizen in the Region.
The University of Louisville’s libraries contain more than two million volumes; there’s an extraordinary photo archive, and other special collections include the world’s greatest collection about Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Tarzan books. Best deal: Any Kentucky citizen 18 years or older can get a card to check out circulating books.
Researchers into genealogy and history will want to visit the Filson Historical Society, one of the country’s leading research collections; the library at the Sons of the American Revolution’s Louisville headquarters; and the Indiana History Room at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Spiritual searchers can seek out the papers of monk and writer Thomas Merton at Bellarmine University’s library. And lovers of freedom can commune with original and first edition documents in the history of liberty at the Remnant Trust in Jeffersonville.
Stand beside a 120-foot-tall baseball bat, then step inside to see the real thing made at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
See a big-horn sheep’s horn brought back by Lewis and Clark and a tree-trunk carved by Daniel Boone (the Filson Historical Society).
Step into a photo booth at the Kentucky Science Center that will show you what you’ll look like in 20 years – or spend the night in a luxury hotel that doubles as a collection of cutting-edge 21st-century art (21C Museum Hotel).
When it comes to schools in Greater Louisville, choose away. Jefferson County Public Schools is home to award-winning and nationally recognized schools that provide a wide range of programs and options to meet the needs and interests of every student. More than 80 percent of families in Jefferson County choose the public school system for their children’s educational home.
JCPS has over 101,000 students in 172 schools and learning centers. There are more than 6,400 teachers, with 84 percent of those teachers holding a master’s degree or higher. More than $172 million in college scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2015 JCPS students.
The school district’s great strength is diversity – it offers everything from traditional schools to Montessori programs, vocational training to International Baccalaureate degrees. All JCPS high schools offer rigorous programs that prepare students for college and career, including college credit, advanced placement coursework and career pathways ranging from aviation to biomedical engineering, and everything in between. For more information, check out JCPS at a glance.
The other public school systems in the area range from small Anchorage Independent School, whose 350 or so K-8 students regularly score at the top of Kentucky accountability tests, to large countywide systems, on either side of the Ohio, with strong academic records of their own.
The diversity available in the public sector is complemented by the range of other school systems in the area offering a variety of religious, teaching and sector philosophies.
Education is one of the keys to the Greater Louisville region – which is why the community has come together behind the Third Grade Reading Pledge, a trailblazing effort to have every student in the public schools reading at grade level by third grade.
There is an array of private and parochial school choices in the Greater Louisville region. For example, Louisville’s Christian Academy School System serves nearly 3,000 students from preschool through 12th grade on four campuses. Founded in 1915, Louisville Collegiate School is a K-12 co-ed independent day school located in the historic Highlands. Founded on progressive ideals, Collegiate is welcoming, accessible and proud of all of its students who stand out for their exceptional academic preparation, outstanding character and confident leadership. For more information about independent school options, go to http://louisvilleindependentschools.org/. For more information about private school options, visit http://www.50states.com/kentucky/louisville__private_schools.htm.
The Archdiocese of Louisville also offers several Catholic schools in the area, including 38 elementary schools enrolling more than 13,700 students, and nine high schools with more than 6,000 students combined. For additional information and to find a Archdiocese of Louisville school, visit https://www.archlou.org/find-a-school/.
In the Greater Louisville region, you can advance your education by any increment – earning a certificate that shows you’ve mastered an essential job skill, or engaging in post-doctoral study at the advancing edge of science. There are over 50,000 students here, attending 32 local colleges, universities, seminaries, technical schools and other institutions of higher learning.
The University of Louisville has more than 22,000 students, and twelve different colleges and schools, including medicine, law, dentistry and business; it’s one of the state’s two research universities. Jefferson Community and Technical College has over 14,000 students on five campuses, the largest enrollment in the state community and technical college system.
Private colleges include Bellarmine University, which has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top-tier regional university for 19 years running; Sullivan University, the state’s largest independent four-year institution; and a variety of accelerated evening and weekend programs geared toward working professionals. Spalding University is an urban, co-educational institution offering more than two dozen degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level, providing quality, real-world learning in liberal and professional studies to over 2500 students. Click here to learn more.
High school was fun, and a good start on life. But the paths that lead beyond it are some of the widest and brightest highways in the Region.