David Pensol, Superintendent

245 Richmond Street – Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
Phone:  606-256-2125
Fax: 606-256-2126

Rockcastle County Schools believe student achievement is reached through support for students, families and our community. Our first priority is meeting the mental, physical, and social needs of each student.

Student playing InstrumentConstant evaluation helps determine what students need and how to meet those needs. We continually search for strategies to individualize instruction to find different approaches for different needs, so each student has the opportunity to learn. This is why our students’ performance on the Kentucky Core Content Test are consistently above state levels, performing in the top 10% of all districts in the state.

Learning doesn’t stop there. Teachers are learners too, and Rockcastle County Schools offer multiple opportunities for teacher development. Teachers participate in training sessions in reading and writing, math, science, economics, arts integration, and behavior, which help students, solve problems and enjoy learning. Communication between teachers, students, and parents is vital to student success at Rockcastle County Schools.


  • Did you know Brodhead Elementary is a place where Working Together Works because they have been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and in 2006 their CATS scores were 4th in the state?
  • Did you know Mt. Vernon Elementary was recognized in 2006 by the Kentucky Department of Education for successfully reducing achievement gaps?
  • Did you know that Roundstone Elementary is a recipient of the National Title I Distinguished School Award and, for five bienniums in a row, has received the Commonwealth Pacesetter Award?
  • Did you know that Rockcastle County Middle School is one of the top 20 middle schools in the state of Kentucky?
  • Did you know Rockcastle County High School is one of only nine schools in the Commonwealth offering the Project Lead The Way pre-engineering career pathway including a capstone course in Aerospace Engineering?
  • Did you know that the Rockcastle Academy is one of only two schools in this region to implement the iClass program to assist students in reaching their academic goals and, since its opening in August of 2000, the Academy has serviced approximately 300 students who may have otherwise chosen to drop out of school.
  • Did you know Rockcastle County Area Technology Center is a $9.5 million, state-of-the-art facility that opened in August 2008?

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