District Information

 

 

The vision of Dayton Independent Schools is to be a proficient district.  We are steadily closing in on that goal.  The mission of Dayton Independent Schools is to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students.

The Dayton Independent School system serves the small river community of Dayton, Kentucky.  Nestled along the Ohio River, Dayton Independent Schools is one of five urban city schools along the Ohio River in Kentucky across from Cincinnati.  The school district has a population of nearly 1,000 students (Preschool through 12th grade).  The local community is rich in history and is on the cusp of a major real estate development along its riverbank.   There is a strong sense of local pride and support from the community.

Dayton Middle/High School is a 7 - 12 building with roughly 350 students.  Lincoln Elementary School is a preschool through 6th grade building with approximately 650 students.

Dayton is a very close knit community where many generations of the same families have attended Dayton Schools. Both schools in Dayton are Title I schools with a Youth Service Center located at the high school and a Family Youth Resource Center located at the elementary school.  Our faculty at the high school is comprised of 29 certified teachers, 1 guidance counselor, 2 administrators, and 10 classified staff members.  Our faculty at the elementary school is comprised of 36 teachers, 2 guidance counselors, 2 administrators and 11 classified staff members.  Our student to teacher ratio is approximately 20 to 1.

The teachers, students, and community of Dayton Independent Schools have deep roots in Northern Kentucky and a proud tradition in academics, arts, and athletics.   The school community takes pride and careful consideration when working with the students in this district. As a small community, everyone knows everyone, and looks out for one another.  In many instances children in this district have had both parents and grandparents attend Dayton Independent Schools.  In fact, it is not completely unusual for students' great grandparents to have attended Dayton Independent Schools.  Teachers understand the pride this school has in its deep-seated traditions and customs and enjoy working in a school system with over 100 years of tradition.

The staff of Dayton School District, in partnership with the parents and community, guide all students in a safe and stimulating environment to develop realistic visions and goals.  The mission of Dayton Independent Schools is to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students. In the spring of 2014, the district engaged its stakeholders in meetings after school with community members including parents, business owners, students, and teachers to create this new mission statement.  Teachers and administrators believe that all students in Dayton Independent Schools are capable of reaching college readiness and career readiness.  Students at Dayton are encouraged to do their best no matter what barriers they may have or adversity that is in their way.

The district has been proactive in securing grants to provide additional staff support and programming for students.  One grant that has been funded is our professional school counselor grant that resulted in two full-time school counselors at Dayton High/Middle School and a "part time" school counselor that works four days a week at Lincoln Elementary.  Additionally, the high/middle school has been awarded a $75,000 21st Century Grant in collaboration with our local YMCA Youth Center for after school tutoring, programming, and activities.  Currently, the 21st Century coordinator is being housed in the high/middle school to provide complete collaboration between the YMCA and our school. Dayton Schools is a model "One to One Reading" and "One to One Math" district.  Our entire district leadership team, the board chairperson, and the board vice-chair serve as reading coaches.   We continue to have great community volunteers serve as coaches. This school year, in partnership with the city of Dayton, the city administrator, main street manager, and other city leaders serve as "One to One Reading Coaches."

The district is moving forward in many ways.  There have been numerous parent/community events such as Student Led Conferences, Big Box of Books Events, Fun Nights, and the latest addition of a Bornlearning Academy.  We have also had an increased focus on early childhood education as we have added Head Start and an all-day Children's Inc. preschool classroom.   We have worked to improve our overall communication in the district by improving the webpage, maintaining a district Facebook page, conducting several surveys, and twice a year, having a meeting in which the board of education and the local school councils come together to assess and plan progress. Dayton Schools have also made a concentrated effort to increase communication via monthly articles in the Dayton Community News and Bellevue/Dayton Sun. We have also expanded relationships with Northern Kentucky University and Gateway College to improve opportunities for students post high school.


Below is a summary of the latest growth on state testing:

 

                                Overall Score     KY % Ranking

District 2014                    61.6                                37th

District 2015                    65.6                                63th

DHS 2014                       60.4                                20th

DHS 2015                       65.4                                58th

DMS 2014                       57.7                               30th

DMS 2015                       60.8                               48th

Lincoln 2014                   66.9                               58th

Lincoln 2015                   67                                  69th

 

District and School Report Cards:
http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/Default.aspx


Dayton High School Assessment Results:

 

 ACHIEVEMENT

 GAP

 GROWTH

 CCR

 GRAD

 OVERALL  SCORE

 

Score

Score

Score

Score

Score

TOTAL

 2014

 43.5

 24.5

48.6

 66.2

 84.1

 60.4

 2015

 53.2

 37.6

47.1

 71.8

 90.5

 68.1

 

 

 Reading

 Math

 Science

 S.S.

 Writing

 Mechanics

 Total

 2014

 47.7

 24.3

 41.5

 43.2

 57.5

 75

 43.5

 2015

 58.7

 42.2

 58.2

 43.6

 66.3

 56.1

 53.2

 

Dayton Middle School Assessment Results:

 

 ACHIEVEMENT

 GAP

 GROWTH

 CCR

 OVERALL SCORE

 

Score

Score

Score

Score

TOTAL

 2014

 60.9

 39.4

51.7

 45.3

 49.8

 2015

 64.1

 41

50.8

 43

 50.5

ACHIEVEMENT SCORES

 

 Reading

 Math

 Science

 S.S.

 Writing

 Total

 2014

 56.2

 60

 70.7

 64.2

 51.5

 60.9

 2015

 58.7

 60.6

 N/A

 72.4

 65

 64.1

 

Lincoln Elementary Assessment Results

 

 ACHIEVEMENT

 GAP

 GROWTH

 OVERALL  SCORE

 

Score

Score

Score

TOTAL

 2014

 66.3

 46.5

64.5

 59.7

 Spring    2015

 63.5

 43.7

64.5

 58

 2015

 66

 42.4

61.6

 57.1

 

 

 Reading

 Math

 Science

 S.S.

 Writing

 Mechanics

 Total

 2014

 57.4

 64.4

 77.7

 77

 55.4

 52.7

 66.3

 Spring  2015

 57.4

 64.4

 N/A

 77

 55.4

 52.7

 63.5

 2015

61

 62.4

 N/A

 78.8

 61.5

 62.7

 66

 

Here is a summary of Dayton's overall rankings for the past four years in the state of Kentucky:

 

Lincoln Elementary:

2011/12= 307/733      2012/13= 271/730       2013/14= 353/712       2014/15= 387/712

 

Dayton Middle School:

2011/12 = 269/333     2012/13 = 257/321      2013/14= 285/327          2014/15= 229/327

 

Dayton High School:

2011/12 = 200/230     2012/13 = 162/231     2013/14= 217/228         2014/15= 194/228