School Details

Ballard High School

6000 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 485-8206

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1960 students 19 students/teacher (KY avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade



  • This school in 2011
  • Jefferson County School District average
  • Kentucky state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards



  • This school in 2011
  • Jefferson County 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 2011
  • Jefferson County School District average
  • Kentucky state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ballard High School is a public high school. 1,960 students attend Ballard High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 29% of the 1,960 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ballard High School is 19:1. Audubon Youth Development Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 51%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 37%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.05% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 59%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My sophomore attended private school all her life and wanted to experience diversity respect and broader range of opportunities in high school without compromising quality of education or challenging curriculum. Ballard offers all that and more. You get out exactly what you put in and my daughter has really flourished from all her academic arts and athletics participation at the school through extra curricular activities. She had her share of "mean kids" over the years and was relived to find Ballard is one of the friendliest schools. So many people went out of their way to make her feel welcomed and included. She was amazed (and relieved) at how friendly everyone was. Of course you'll always have some pockets of kids who don't fit that mold but hey - welcome to the real world. I have that in my office every day of my life and frankly if you find some adversity too harsh to take you will likely need to live in a bubble when you get out into the real world. The teachers far exceeded my expectations and in fact I would say they are some of the most empassioned and experienced in their fields. I waited a year to post anything and happy to report that year 2 is just as good.

  • (9 months ago)

    Ballard is a great high school. Everyone is respectful there plus the academic are awesome. Best high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ballard isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Sure it's a great school when it comes to academics but among students it is an overall absolutely unfriendly environment. My friend attends Ballard and almost every other day she complains about how miserable and depressed she is because of the student body and atmosphere how snobbish and unfriendly everyone is and the HUGE bullying problems that are directed towards her and each other. She's described an instance where a girl tripped and had to leave the classroom because so many students were saying crude comments and laughing and the teacher let it slide. And others like this. Attend this school if you set high standards but steer clear if you are easily effected by an atmosphere like this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from Ballard twelve years ago but I can't think of a better place to have gone to high school in Louisville. The Advanced Program was top notch the fine arts programs were packed with interested and talented kids and there was a lot of school pride. I know public schools in Louisville have taken a turn for the worse but I'm encouraged by what I hear about BHS despite all that. Go Bruins!

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved to Kentucky from a top-rated Massachusetts school district--and frankly had some reservations about schools here. From our first freshman year parent meeting with Principal Jim Jury through what is now our child's junior year we have been impressed by the opportunities and great teachers our child has experienced at Ballard. From the Advanced program to the exceptional Ballard Choir we are impressed. I should note that my husband and I have spent four years working in one of New England's top boarding high schools. This public school with far fewer resources is doing a super job our child is doing well has inspiring teachers among them some who chose to leave executive jobs with leading global companies to be high school teachers. Our child has met many motivated and bright students in class. So far Ballard has been a challenging and positive place of learning for our student.

  • (7 years ago)

    I loved it there was not one single flaw to the entire school it was perfect and it more than prepared me for my first year at college. I made straight A's last semester and all the teachers and staff are very kind.

  • (7 years ago)

    i love this school! great sports and great academics!

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