The mission of The Kenton County School
District has always been to “…educate all students to successfully
demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for lifelong learning,
social well-being, and active responsible citizenship.” To successfully
fulfill this mission, all students need to experience a rigorous high
school course of study that prepares them for a variety of career choice
options. Students are more likely to pursue a rigorous curriculum when
it is relevant to their career goals and when they have an opportunity
to build strong relationships with adults who understand their
interests, inclinations, and aspirations. Our high schools have created
four “Schools of Study” where students can pursue their goals.
What are schools of study?
The schools of study are based
on the Holland Model of Career Interest. John Holland, Professor
Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, devoted his professional life to
researching issues related to career choice and satisfaction. He
developed a well-known theory, and designed several assessments and
supporting materials to assist people in making effective career
choices. His theory and assessment tools have helped millions of people
worldwide and are supported by hundreds of research studies. Holland
identified six vocational personality types which include Artistic,
Realistic, Investigative, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Our
high schools will be restructured into four schools of study based on
this model which will help every student experience a course of study
that is relevant to their personality type, interest, and career goal.
What are the four schools of Study?
of Law, Education, Health and Human Services (LEHH)
will appeal to Social students who are interested in helping jobs
such as teacher, lawyer, religious worker, counselor, clinical
psychologist, doctor, nurse, psychiatric case worker, or speech
therapist. These students often have good social skills and talents.
Social students are often convincing, cooperative, friendly,
generous, helpful, idealistic, kind, patient, responsible,
sympathetic, tactful, understanding and warm.
of Visual/Performing Arts and Media (VPAM)
will appeal to Artistic students who are interested in jobs such as
composer, musician, stage director, writer, journalist, interior
decorator, or actor/actress. These students are interested in
developing their abilities in dancing, writing, performing music,
and creating art. Artistic students are often expressive,
idealistic, imaginative, independent, introspective, intuitive,
nonconforming, open, and original.
of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
will appeal to Realistic students who are interested in jobs such as
engineer, automobile technician, aircraft controller, surveyor,
farmer, or electrician; as well as Investigative students who are
interested in jobs such as biologist, chemist, physicist,
anthropologist, geologist or medical technologist. These students
are interested in developing their mechanical, mathematical, and
scientific abilities. Realistic and investigative students are often
frank, genuine, honest, humble, modest, natural, persistent,
practical, shy, and thrifty.
of Business and Information Technology (BIT)
will appeal to Enterprising students who are interested in jobs such
as salesperson, manager, business executive, marketing specialist,
television producer, sports promoter, or buyer; and Conventional
students who are interested in jobs such as computer technician,
bookkeeper, stenographer, financial analyst, banker, cost estimator,
or tax expert. These students often demonstrate good leadership and
speaking abilities are organized and have good math skills. They are
also inquisitive, adventurous, agreeable, ambitious, energetic,
extroverted, impulsive, optimistic, self-confident orderly,
persistent, practical and thrifty.