About Our School

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Grades: Preschool – 6th
2015-2016 Enrollment:  359
Accountability Classification:  Proficient


Jesse D. Lay Elementary is located within the foothills of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky. The school is a part of the Knox County School System. Being located within the city limits of Barbourville, Lay Elementary draws its student population from all areas of Knox County because of its central location.  Jesse D. Lay Elementary is a K-6 school that also houses two district preschool programs and one FMD unit.

. The faculty is identified as highly qualified and trained in specialized programs to ensure that students are prepared to be 21st Century Learners, Jesse D. Lay Elementary has adopted research based programs in both reading and math. Opportunities have been provided to align these programs to Common Core. The staff
has also embraced the transition to Unbridled Learning with high quality professional development. The school has implemented The Leader in Me process. Through this process the school is incorporating The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and other basic leadership skills into the core curriculum in unique and creative ways.