School Details

Holmes High School

25th and Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41014
(859) 655-9545

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 1016 students 13 students/teacher (KY avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade



  • This school in 2013
  • Covington Independent School District average
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards



  • This school in 2013
  • Covington Independent School District average
  • Kentucky state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT)

In 2010-2011 Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.


  • This school in 2013
  • Covington Independent School District average
  • Kentucky state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Holmes High School is a public high school in Covington. 1,016 students attend Holmes High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 86% of the 1,016 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Holmes High School is 13:1. Holy Cross District High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 60%
Black, non-Hispanic 37% 30%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.2%
Asian 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 87%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    When I say I am a graduate of Holmes High the usual response is "oh I'm sorry." I cannot imagine why because I'm not sorry at all! I loved my school! The majority of my teachers were of high quality and the wide variety of educational opportunities available (Clubs Sports Music Vocational training AP/IB classes Parenting classes so that being a teen mother/father was no longer an educational death sentence) trumped any school I had attended (and I attended many). No our test scores were not the highest but that has as much (if not more) to do with the lack of support students receive at home. Given the general low economic level of the school population (I think in my time there it was something like 30% were at or below poverty level) parents are either working 3 jobs and too tired or have given up and stop caring. They can't/ won't expect more of their children so students learn not to expect more for themselves. Against a constant flow of apathy from the students even the most engaged and well-meaning teacher can lose his/ her dedication. Get parents interested in their child's education teach students to expect more and you'll see the scores improve.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the worst school in the state and I would go so far to say that it is one of the worst in the country. I attended a different school every year of my education untill I arrived at holmes at the end of my tenth grade year. I went to school in Texas Ohio Navada and others schools in Ky. The teachers are horriable the students don't care and only about 2% of the parents even know there is a holmes high school. Stay away from this place please for your sake or for you childs sake

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that holmes is a good place to go to school most of the teachers at homles are there to teach and want the kids to learn. But on the other hand there are some that could'nt care about the student or their education. I believe that the test school are so low beacuse the students arent willing to take the test seriously for the main simple fact is that the principal puts alot of pressure on us ( the students ). We understand that the tset score arent high and most of us want to change that but we got to be encouraged to do it instead of forced.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think Holmes has the potential to be a great school again. Last time I checked diversity does not get you a deceit job. With the right principal and vice principals who takes responsible for this students testing in bottom 10 schools in the state and the overall bad climate at Holmes maybe we can move forward. They need to become proactive instead of reactive. With a 97.5% graduation rate and a 28.1% college attendence rate I see a problem. Lets face it sports and extracurricular activites are not that important when you are sending out McDonald employees instead of future City Commissioner Mayor teacher etc.. I know the level of Parent involvement is horrible but as a parent of Holmes High student I personally am trying to get my Community more involved. I believe Holmes is in dire straits and needs a face lift.

  • (9 years ago)

    Holmes is one of the best schools in KY because even though it is lacking in academic status it teaches our kids to grow up to become respectable adults who don't judge others on race or sexuality. Which unlike other schools we are very diverse and contriversial.

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