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305 Second Street   Paintsville, Kentucky 41240   Ph: 606.789.2654  Fax: 606.789.7412
Modern Curriculum---Traditional Approach



When Paintsville Independent Schools Superintendent Coy Samons is asked to explain what continues to make Paintsville Independent one of the most successful school systems in the state he will tell you, “We try to instill high expectations beginning in elementary and continuing through high school.  We work to insure our students have the tools to be successful in the next stage of their lives.”

Paintsville Independent, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offers a modern curriculum with a traditional approach.  Whatever the method, statistics prove the system is working well.  The school district has consistently ranked among the top on state and national tests.  Over the past 5 years the district has maintained a successful college attendance rate between 95 to 100%, with over 80% of last year’s seniors receiving academic scholarships to colleges and universities.

100% of the 2010 Paintsville High School graduating class took the ACT and achieved an average composite of 21.3 compared to the state average of 18.2.  The overall ACT score ranked the district as 3rd in the state with the English, Reading, Science, and Math ACT scores all in the top 7 in the state.  The ACT is administered in all 50 states and is the predominant college entrance exam in 25 states.

Both the elementary and middle/high school have proven successful when measured by state testing as well.  The high school has a 2010 KCCT(Kentucky Core Content Test) Index of 90 which places it on the Kentucky Association of School Councils (KASC) website’s Top 20 High Schools in Kentucky list.   The elementary school has consistently ranked in the top 10% of elementary schools on the KCCT and has a 2010 KCCT Index of 94.

Beginning in 2009 Paintsville High School became 1 of 27 state high schools chosen to be part of Advance KY, sponsored by the National Math and Science Initiative.  The purpose of the partnership is to continue the district philosophy of high expectations by offering students a wider variety of AP courses allowing them to earn college credit while still in high school. 

Paintsville Independent School System prides itself on providing individual attention to students and families while building a school/community bond in all aspects of student life: academic, athletic, and social.  The system acknowledges an obligation to parents and to the community at large to build responsible citizens.  The district strives to have the best schools possible in order to make the city and county optimal places to live.




Some other outstanding aspects of the Paintsville Independent School system:

  • Interactive Whiteboard technology in every elementary and middle/high school classroom
  • Innovative use of Ipads/Ipods in daily elementary instruction
  • 14:1 (Student to Teacher Ratio)
  • A Head Start Program serving 3 to 5 year olds
  • Full day Kindergarten, everyday
  • Gifted and Talented Program, K-12
  • A Comprehensive Special Education Program
  • Free Afterschool Program for students K-8, 5 days per week
  • School-based Decision Making Councils at Elementary and Middle/High School
  • Active extracurricular organizations to promote pride throughout the school and community.  Clubs include: Interact (Junior Rotary), FCLA, BETA, Junior BETA, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Student Council, Academic Team, Yearbook, Media, Pep Club, PRIDE club.


Students graduating from Paintsville Independent are well-prepared to enter the adult world.  The school system has historical dominance in both academics and athletics.


  • Member of Advance KY initiative
  • Member of Kentucky High Performing School Districts Alliance
  • Top 20 High School List by KASC (2010)
  • District and Regional Elementary Governor’s Cup Academic Team Overall Champions for 9 of the last 10 years, including written assessment, Future Problem Solving, and Quick Recall.
  • Kentucky Colonel’s 6th Grade Showcase Overall Champions for 9 of the last 10 years, including written assessment and Quick Recall.
  • 2010 Governor’s Cup Middle School District and Regional Champions (Social Studies and Composition Written Assessment)
  • 75 High School State Qualifiers at Governor’s Cup
  • 1 International Middle School Community Problem Solving Championship
  • 2 International Individual Future Problem Solving Championship
  • 2 Science Olympiad Regional Championships
  • P.R.I.D.E. School and Teacher of the Year
  • C.E.D.A.R. Coal Grant Teacher of the Year





  • 2 State Finals
  • 12 Regional Titles
  • 20 District Championships


Boys Basketball:

  • 1996 State Champions
  • 2 Finals Appearances
  • 4 Final-Four Appearances
  • 9 State Tournaments
  • 9 Regional Titles
  • 21 District Titles
  • 2 Kentucky Mr. Basketball’s


Boys Soccer:

  • Added in 2008
  • 2010 District Champions


Boys Golf:

  • 1958 State Champions
  • Team has qualified for state tournament every year since 1996
  • 4 Regional Championships



  • 1990 State Champions
  • 5 Final Fours
  • 12 Sectional Titles
  • 16 Regional Titles
  • 28 District Titles



Girls Softball

  • 1 Regional Runner-Up
  • 2 District Titles
  • 2010 District Champions


Girls Soccer

  • Added in 2006
  • 2009 District Champions


Girls Basketball

  • 1933 State Runner-Up
  • 1 Regional Title
  • 1 District Title
  • 3 Regional All A Titles
  • 2006 All A Final Four


Girls Golf

  • 2006 Regional Champions
  • 2008 Regional Champions
  • 2009 Regional Champions
  • 2010 Regional Champions



  • 2008 and 2009 Girl’s Regional Champion



  • 20 Individual Boy’s Regional Event Champions since 2007
  • 10 Individual Girl’s Regional Event champions since 2007


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